Life is random. What can one ever depend on in a world where so many things are in
flux? Many may agree that being able to nourish oneself is paramount to a quality life.
Whether we live with time constraints, money concerns or just plain being slammed in
obligations, we need to eat if we are to “go-go-go.”
I’ve been thinking about the businesses I love to dine from when I’ve a little time to sit,
or need to be on the run. Where I know I can be satisfied with neither too little nor too
much – a portion at a price that fits in with a budget, a 10-dollar budget for the sake
of this article, to be specific.
All of the following places are along routes I travel. I’m not seeking to play favorites,
rather to share what I know and like. As Houston is laden with quality restaurants, there
are many options in many price ranges all over our city. I encourage you to stay open
to exploring the many options this city has. Lastly, I only included a drink with one of
the places below. Drinks are so varied and who knows what you’ll be in the mood for.
NOW, THE LIST.
BOOMTOWN COFFEE – 242 W. 19th St.,
Houston, TX 77008 | www.boomtowncoffee.com
One of these is enough for most people. Two is for the
hungry! Boomtown Taco – fried egg taco, avocado,
black bean, cheese $4.50 x 2 – $9.74 after tax
REVIVAL MARKET – 550 Heights Blvd.,
Houston, TX 77007 | www.agricolehospitality.com
Portioned just right.
I love their Buttermilk Biscuits & Gravy.
You get sausage gravy, two fried yard eggs (I like
mine over easy), topped with chives. $9.74 after tax
LES GIVRAL’S KAHVE– 4601 Washington Ave., Houston,
TX 77007 | www.lesgivrals.com
Bahn Mi, please!
Options include shredded chicken, tofu, steam/roast
pork, chargrill beef/chicken/pork/meatball and fish
with tomato sauce. Most are $2.50 with the most
expensive being chargrill beef at $4.00.
As a legit part of the meal, I suggest for you caffeine
lovers, a Cafe Su Da for $3.
My favorite choice is a tofu Bahn Mi sans cucumber
and a Cafe Su Da. $6.44 after tax
BUBBA’S TEXAS BURGER SHACK –
5230 Westpark Dr., Houston, TX 77056
Sooooo tasty, this place has saved me on multiple
occasions. Note, you can call ahead to pick up your
order very easily here.
My favorite is a buffalo cheeseburger on wheat, dry.
Side of jalapeno potato salad.
$8.70, $9.42 after tax
Lastly, and perhaps not along any of the routes I travel,
YOUR OWN KITCHEN
An endless bounty of possibility at variable cost!
My favorite home creations recently have included
cast iron steak and over easy eggs, eggplant and
mixed pepper ratatouille, many variations on breakfast
tacos, garlic and mixed olive sautéed chicken breast
over potato gnocchi, and even an occasional cup of
French press coffee spiked with cayenne pepper and
You can be easy or gourmet with simple ingredients at
minimal cost. Be inventive. Collect cookbooks. Search
online recipes. Learn how to use broad ingredients that
are flexible to multiple styles of cuisine.
You can even experiment by modifying prepackaged
foods if you feel unsure of yourself.
What I’ve learned? Good taste doesn’t have to be