by Nikki Metzgar - 206 Reviews - 77 List
When the clock strikes lunch time, downtown Houston swarms with hungry office workers. Between the underground Tunnels, the mall food courts and various free-standing options, there are a lot of possibilities--not all of them good. But we've got suggestions for the best places for lunch downtown--simply bypass the clammy chain sandwich for gumbo, falafel or burgers at one of these downtown Houston lunch restaurants. (Photo: Falafel Factory)
Updated: August 23, 2010
Of all the lunch restaurants to grab a bite downtown, Treebeards is the only one that qualifies as legend. Standing in the hectic cafeteria line for a serving of red beans and rice with cornbread is a must for any Houstonian worth his residency, downtown worker or not.
The best burger in Houston is conveniently sold out of a tiny joint downtown that's only open during lunch hours. So while the rest of us have to plan a trek, the surrounding workforce can easily scarf a muffuletta burger five days a week.
A lot of the service in downtown Houston qualifies as brusque, but it's the people at Doozo who've earned the ?Dumpling Nazi? title. The line at this Houston Center food stand is always long with people craving the doughy pork morsels but it moves quickly--just be sure to have your order ready once you reach the cashier.
El Rey might not be the best place to lunch if you have any important afternoon meetings. Between the juicy rotisserie chicken, the sloppy pastor torta and drippy taco, there's no way your shirt will come out the other end without a stain on it.