Trying to pin down words like frugal, value, and deal can be exasperating because different people have different ideas of cost savings. For 10Best, the range is broad - we include impossibly cheap eateries with amazing menus, and we share really nice restaurants that have perks like an impressive wine list with no corkage fee or a terrifically affordable prix fixe menu. If you're looking for Best Value restaurants in Houston, let us introduce you to a few of our favorites, starting with Harry's Restaurant and Pappas Bar-B-Q. They're low in expenditures and high in appeal.

Josephine's Italian Ristorante

When you're downtown and trying to score a quick, tasty lunch, Josephine's should be high on your list. While dinnertime patrons are often regaled with seafood main courses and more elegant sit-down fare, lunch-goers can depend on pastas,...  Read More

Harry's Restaurant

You can't go wrong with a morning meal at bright, sun-filled Harry's. Frequented by a host of locals, the cafeteria-like restaurant knows how to do down-home food well, and the busy place shows it. At the break of day, you'll find biscuits,...  Read More

River Oaks

For decades now, this diner has been bringing together young and old, traditional and alternative, uniting them all with the allure of homemade pies and short-order fare. Don't come if you're on a diet, but do show up if you're in the mood to...  Read More

Pappas Bar-B-Q, one of the only barbecue dives downtown, is a popular lunchtime destination with everybody from cops and construction workers to suit-wearing lawyers and brokers. Portions are Texas-sized, and it's not uncommon for poor souls...  Read More

Patu's Thai Cuisine

A "diamond in the rough," this narrow eatery serves delicious Thai fare at some of the most reasonable prices you can imagine. Flavorful, exotic dishes fill the menu, as evidenced by mee krob, steamed pork dumplings, curried eggplant, and...  Read More

A charming dining room with stained glass accents and self-proclaimed "funky gothic" decor welcomes enthusiastic guests to this appealing bistro. Sophistication and comfort mix in the setting and in the food, which is rustic, flavorful, and...  Read More

Coffeehouse culture runs strong at Brasil, which mixes artsy and hip sensibilities with aplomb. Original works enliven the walls, and live music and poetry readings are frequent occurrences, drawing out university folks and others with an...  Read More

Designed to look like a building in a 19th-century Western town, Luling City Market cultivates an air of past days. It even smokes its meats over wood for an authentic taste. Inside the place, the rustic theme continues, letting diners feel as...  Read More


Within its unassuming environs, Pico's delights patrons with authentic regional Mexican cuisine, which it dubs "Mex-Mex" (in contrast to the less inventive "Tex-Mex"). You can, of course, order customary enchiladas and tacos, but why would you...  Read More

The Heights

A casually hip neighborhood restaurant, Shade is romantic but unpretentious thanks to muted colors, clean lines, and broad windows. A menu that revels in flavor and texture pulls guests back again and again, eager to sample dishes like...  Read More

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