J&B’s Brookside Market
4700 Coffee Rd.
It doesn’t matter whether you stop by this place for breakfast of lunch; J&B’s always delivers the same quality in its fresh deli sandwiches, crisp and flavorful salads, and savory pastas. If you’re hankering for something hearty, try their Brookside Club, a toasted roll with mayo, avocado, lettuce or sprouts, tomato, onion, smoked turkey, and bacon for only $6.49. Another great sandwich is the Meat and Cheese Lover for only $5.99.
Union Station Deli BBQ and Grill
1723-A 18th St.
This is not your typical deli. Union Station is a deli trapped in BBQ heaven. Located just a block west from the Padre Hotel, this place delivers tasty, filling dishes to many hungry locals. They whip up some delicious BBQ every work day but on Fridays, prepare to sink your teeth into their finger-licking good BBQ Ribs for only $8.99 for a half rack. But the meal also comes with chile beans and garlic toast. Or stop by any other day of the week day for a cold sandwich at only $6.75. Add chips and a drink for $2.69 more.
2805 F St.
Ah, a lovely downtown hideaway. Great atmosphere and the food is wonderful. The breakfast specials change throughout the week but they are a reasonable $6.99. Visit on your lunch break and indulge in the Wrap for Two. For $9.99 feast on spinach and sundried tomato wraps stuffed with romaine lettuce, baby green sprouts, sundried cranberries, and bean sprouts, with assorted veggies on the side and honey mustard dipping sauce.
Si Señor Grill
2210 Airport Dr
This spacious restaurant is just down the street from Meadows Field and a few miles down from the 99, so it’s easy to get to no matter what side of town you are coming from. The Happy Hour specials are fantastic and the delicious buffet (Sunday-Friday) at only $8.59 will surely put a smile on your face. For lunch, load up on the Carne Asada Tacos, which come with onion, cilantro, pico de gallo, and a side of rice and beans. They’re only $8.59 during lunch.
The Grill Hut
4120 Ming Ave.
The name says it all. You’ve surely seen the small, red hut on Ming Avenue—a place where they do some serious grilling. The meats are juicy and full of flavor and the sides are quite impressive. If you are driving by for lunch or you are taking a meal to go, you simply can’t go wrong with any selection. Try Meal #2 for only $8.99. It comes with 8 ounces of their delectable Tri-Tip, sliced to order, and it’s served with your choice of two side dishes (angel hair pasta, coleslaw, or ranch-style beans), a dinner roll, butter, BBQ sauce, and salsa.
3500 Truxtun Ave.
By infusing traditional Mexican food with “California love,” this place has infused itself into our dining scene. Try a $6 lunch special (changes weekly) or come in for the lunch buffet, the best bet. They have anything from pork with nopales, BBQ chicken, soups, albondigas, salads, rice, beans, chile verde, chicken, steak fajitas, fettuccine, tacos dorados, Mexican potatoes, fresh handmade tortillas, and much more. All this food, and a drink, for only $10.
525 Sumner St.
Noriega’s is the perfect place to be if you’re looking for a good ol’ family style lunch or dinner. Especially if you want to fill up without tapping into your 401k. That said, if you are around the area a bit earlier, it’s a smart choice to come in for a filling breakfast meal (served Tuesday-Sunday). The set up includes eggs, pork chops, bacon, Basque sausage, bread, potatoes, cheese and wine. What will that set you back? Just a ten spot.
2681 Calloway Dr.
This is good ol’ down south BBQ where the meat falls right off the bones. The service is fast and friendly. The catfish is said to be some of the best in town because it’s made with those down home southern spices. The plate comes with two sides; choose from fried cabbage, “dirty” rice, yams, or mac and cheese. All this delicious food will only set you back $9.99 and you will most assuredly leave with leftovers for a late afternoon snack.
RJ’s Bar & Grill
9440 Hageman Rd.
If you are looking for an all-around fun atmosphere while you dine, RJ’s is your spot. Let’s not forget to mention the amazing food. This great restaurant has been around for a decade now and the food has to be the reason. The appetizers are all mouth-watering. The Avocado Rolls are exceptional, or you could dig into the tender and perfectly-seasoned Chicken Wings with your choice of sauce: honey BBQ, teriyaki, buffalo, or Cajun. Be sure to stop in for Wing Wednesday when they are only $5.99.
The Padre Hotel
1702 18th St.
The Padre has a lively atmosphere and a fresh menu. It’s got a little something for everyone: The Belvedere Room, Brimstone, and the Farmacy Cafe all offer something a little different. If you are visiting for lunch, step on over to Brimstone and sink your taste buds in to the Black Bean & Corn Quesadilla for just $9. You get roasted pablano chili, Oaxaca cheese, fresh cilantro, and salsa verde, and your choice of side: French fries, Cajun fries, or fresh coleslaw; fresh fruit or a side salad is only $2 more.