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Let’s be real here, being a student isn’t cheap. While eating good food for meals might be a necessity for some, for those with tight budgets it’s more of a privilege. If you’re sick of eating ramen and Chick-Fil-A every day, then here are five student-budget-friendly restaurants around Houston that can give your tastebuds and wallet a break. 

1. Treebeards

If you’re looking for affordable southern comfort food, Treebeards is the place for you. With good ‘ol classics like etouffee stuffed with red beans, rice and sausage links for just five bucks, along with hearty platters of fried chicken with TWO sides for under ten, I’d highly recommend this place to get a good meal. 

2. Molina’s Cantina

Houston isn’t Houston without its Tex-Mex, so if you’re in the mood for a classic comfort meal here without breaking the bank, Molina’s Cantina is for you. With quality food like beef chalupas, homemade tamales, combo plates and more for under 12 bucks, Molina’s is a definite go-to.

3. New York Deli and Coffee Shop

If you’re craving something a little less Southern, then I’d suggest New York Deli and Coffee shop up in Hillcroft. This little old-fashioned diner has plenty of affordable comfort food that won’t hurt your wallet. Their breakfast menu is amazing with its classics like french toast and pancake platters for about seven bucks and hot Reuben sandwiches and bagels for under 12.

I highly recommend their eclairs and lemon bars — fresh, tasty, and under three bucks!

4. Ekko’s Greek American Deli

A hidden gem in the Galleria area, Ekko’s is a great place for a quick and mouthwatering meal for an almost outrageously reasonable price. With chunky gyros stuffed full of meat — chicken, lamb or beef, your choice — for about seven bucks, I’d highly recommend this place if you want a taste of the Mediterranean. 

5.  Oishii Restaurant

A personal favorite of mine, Oishii is fantastic for anyone who wants a bit of sushi but can’t afford to pay 12 bucks a roll. Their menu is full of small plates like seaweed salad, chicken yakitori, fried pork gyoza and tofu for under five bucks.

Their deals are absolutely amazing, with their sushi only costing one to two bucks per piece, and their happy hour deals including buy one appetizer get another one free.

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