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What a fun and useful guide!... I highly recommend Houston Dining on the Cheap. If you are like me and eat out a lot, the cost of the book will be returned many times over when you consider all the savings you get when you eat at good but cheap places. --Ted Powers, Jewish Herald Voice, August 9, 2007

...thorough, well-researched --Houston Press, February 6, 2008

Everyone knows that Houston has one of the best selections of restaurants to be found in the United States... For that after-work meal or a casual business lunch or dinner, Mike Riccetti...has written a guide that describes thae best foods at each restaurant, as well as their location, hours and other pertinent information. --Houston Business Journal, July 27, 2007

About the Author

Mike Riccetti has authored, now, three editions of Houston Dining on the Cheap. He grew up in Houston, and has degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and Cornell University. He is a regular contributor to My Table and an irregular contributor to other local and national publications, often concerning Houston-area restaurants. This has included work as the Houston editor for Where the Locals Eat and Zagat. He is also the co-author of The Guide to Ridiculously Easy Entertaining - Tips from Marfreless published in 2005. He currently lives, works, and dines cheaply and sometimes not-so-cheaply in Houston.
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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Tempus Fugit Press; 3rd edition (July 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971404046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971404045
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,236,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Cathy Stucker VINE VOICE on December 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
Fortunately, you'll be able to banish your hunger affordably at any of the more than 260 restaurants profiled. This guide is indispensable for anyone looking for new, interesting, and inexpensive places to eat, anywhere in and around Houston.
I found that the profiles of the restaurants I know were right on target, so I'm looking forward to trying many others which are new to me. The extensive indexes make it easy to find exactly the cuisine you're in the mood for, or the nearest affordable eats. (Get an extra copy for your car--you never know when hunger will strike while you're in an unfamiliar part of town!)
If you live in Houston, you like to eat out. With this book, you can eat someplace different every night. You'll never be bored with the same old food!
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this book is a great source for all the restaurants in Houston. Every food cuisine and area of the city is covered. Who would have known that every food type is here.
Mike has done a great job covering the big name restaurants and the small "hole in the walls". If you are in the mood for Korean, Vietnamese sandwiches, hamburgers or central Mexican, Mike has tried it all and rated the best and cheapest.
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Houston is a big messy city that is dazzling in its culinary and dining options. What I like about this book is that the author keeps his eye on his niche -- cheap eats and only cheap eats. What that means is hundreds of fabulous ethnic restaurants, mom-and-pop diners and the quirkiest dives. If you ever wondered what that interesting little hole-in-the-wall is like, this book will tell you. It's very useful, very detailed.
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By A Customer on September 7, 2002
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Who knew that the Chinese food restaurant around the corner (which we had never bothered to try!) was a hidden gem? Mike Riccetti did! Besides some of the Houston standards, there are many pleasant surprise choices in this book. Reviews are accurate representations and include info on atmosphere, drinks, and "what to order." Riccetti advises on places with breakfast specials and lunch bargains as well. Some of Houston's best restaurants offer good deals at lunch - he'll tell you which ones. Restaurants reviewed heavily favor Vietnemese, Mexican, etc, but will give you the courage to try some of those strip-mall joints you've wondered about (you'll be pleased!). Most restaurants are inside the Beltway/near the Loop but there are a few on the outskirts as well. Indexed by cuisine type, meal, location, etc. Very easy to find what you want. Call ahead, however - some of the information is already outdated due to the rapidly changing nature of the restaurant industry.
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Houston's a big city with a big appetite. You could eat in a different restaurant every meal of every day, and not get to every place in town. So how do you decide where to eat? Fortunately, Mike Riccetti has come to the rescue, identifying the best places to have a great meal without breaking the bank.
In the mood for Tex-Mex? Chinese? Middle Eastern? Ethiopian? Whatever your desire, in Houston Dining on the Cheap you'll learn where to satisfy it. The 320 restaurants profiled are listed in alphabetical order, and indexes in the back make it easy to find the type of ethnic food you want, places to try in your neighborhood, all you can eat buffets, a great breakfast or late-night meal, drive throughs, deliveries, and places with outdoor dining (a must on those beautiful spring and fall days).
Each profile includes lots of great information about the menu (with suggestions of what to order), as well as atmosphere and decor, and lots more. I've already identified several places I can't wait to try. Get your copy of Houston Dining on the Cheap and start eating your way across town.
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I lived in Houston for many years, and I am impressed by how well this author knows the Houston restaurant scene. He truly did not leave out any of the tasty cheap restaurants in the city. He even mentions some of the really good but more expensive ones in a special section and guides readers to hard-to-find cuisines like Guatemalan. This is a fantastic book for both locals and visitors.
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Odin be praised for I love this book! Whenever I'm in town (I'm a Londoner), I don't hesitate to use this book to choose my family's next dining adventure.

The details and descriptions of the food and establishments you cannot find in any other Houston publication.

If I ever meet Mike, I will give him one love filled sucker punch!
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If you are like me, you have the opportunity or need to get some of your meals out. I love the book Houston, Dining on the Cheap. Mike Riccetti picks out some of the less expensive restaurants that taste wonderful. I have found his reviews on restaurants that I am familiar with to be right on target. The book is more heavily weighted for the "loopies" and the southwest side of town, but does have selections from all areas.
What makes this book very worthwhile are accurate descriptions of the restaurants, items that each place specializes in, and their price range. I also loved the section of more expensive and better known restaurants to go to during lunch hours. Each restaurant is profiled with type of food, price range, speciality items, decor, and much more.
If you are looking for a great jumpstart to your dining adventures and you do not want to spend a great deal, this book is the way to go. Affordable dining experiences can easily be found from this book.
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