Whether dining for work or for fun, these 10 reasonably priced lunch deals are well worth leaving your desk for.
It’s double the pleasure with the “two for $22” lunch deal at the swanky Galleria hot spot. Choose from the likes of ceviche de Caracol (conch, pineapple, ginger, jalapeño), carne apache (Kobe tri-tip, jicama, corn, squash and avocado-tomatillo salsa) and wood-roasted ribs. If you've got time, linger over one of Sommelier Sean Beck's cocktails and enjoy people-watching (Monday-Saturday; 11AM-4PM).
Our love for executive chef Addison Lee (he trained in Japan and then under famed Nobu Matsuhisa as head chef at Nobu London) keeps us coming back to the Gateway Memorial City complex locale. The $15 lunch deal includes your pick of grilled chicken with wasabi pepper sauce (pictured above), grilled snapper or chile prawn, each served with traditional or butternut squash miso soup, salad, white rice or elbow pasta and a seasonal dessert (Monday-Friday; 11 AM-2 PM).
The Montrose-area restaurant offers more than just Cajun-style seafood and Italian. Jazz up your afternoon with either of two $14 burgers. The Mandola burger comes with an 8-oz. Black Hills Ranch beef patty, shredded lettuce, fried tomato, provolone cheese, Creole mustard and crushed olives on a potato bun. The salmon burger (pictured below) is seasoned with house spices and topped with shredded lettuce, tomato, pepperoncini, onion and rémoulade sauce. Both comes with hand-cut fries (Monday-Friday; 11 AM-2 PM).
Chef Manabu Horiuchi at the Japanese grill at Upper Kirby puts forth a number of tasty dishes, including a lunchtime bargain: seafood salad with fresh salmon, scallop, shrimp, cucumber, seaweed and spring mix with a sunomono sweet-and-sour vinaigrette sauce for $12 (Monday-Friday; 11:30 AM-3 PM).
You can't miss BRC GastroPub with its big-as-Texas, bright-red rooster statue on Shepherd Drive. You also can't miss the Monday-only lunch deal — the BRC pub burger and fries is just $9.50 (Mondays; 11 AM-2:30 PM).
The steakhouse chain near the Galleria has retro decor, a lively atmosphere and a bargain prix fixe lunch complete with your choice of salad (wedge, Caesar or green) or shrimp and lobster bisque, entree (blue cheese meatloaf, roasted balsamic chicken or broiled salmon) and side (Parmesan fries, garlic-horseradish mashed potatoes, green beans or sautéed spinach) for $18.50 (Monday-Friday; 11 AM-2 PM).
The River Oaks eatery, sibling of Ousie's Table, features a Southern-influenced menu with flavors from around the globe. During lunch, any main dish plus a dessert is $20 (Monday-Friday; 11 AM-4 PM).
The Upper Kirby scratch-kitchen concept presents a $20 Blue Plate Lunch Special with a choice of soup or salad, entree (from country-fried steak to smoked-onion-gravy shrimp and grits) and a nonalcoholic beverage (Monday-Friday; 11 AM-until it's gone).
The popular “ladies who lunch” restaurant offers a $20 business special that includes your choice of soup or Insalata Mista and an entree, such as eggplant parmigiana over homemade pappardelle, spinach and ricotta cappellacci with vodka sauce, mushrooms and pancetta, and roasted chicken breast with butternut squash, barley and fig essence (Monday-Friday; 11:30 AM-2:30 PM).
Save during lunch at the casual Shady Acres Pan-Asian concept from Kevin Naderi (Roost). Crispy calamari salad with crushed cashews, pineapple, miso dressing and crispy noodles is $12, and the tasty General Guang’s quail (grilled, chopped, and tossed in a black bean and hoisin sauce with Chinese broccoli) is $20.