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Stretch Your Dollar With These Budget-Friendly Meals in Pearland

Overhead view of tacos, chips and guacamole

The Summer Special at Gringo's Tex-Mex includes guacamole, crispy beef taco, bean chalupa and queso chip for just $8.99. Photo courtesy of Gringo's Tex-Mex.

Posted: July 30, 2020 at 10:41 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


There are plenty of ways to indulge while exploring Pearland this summer and most are easy on the wallet, too. Snack your way through an assortment of local restaurants or buy up a few meals to keep on hand for busy days. With its easy proximity to Houston, this southern suburb also makes an ideal day trip for new sights.

plate of hot wings

Hot wings are one of many budget-friendly bites at Stadia Sports Grill in Pearland. Photo by Stadia Sports Grill

  • Stadia Sports Grill: Satisfy cravings for classic American fare at either of the two Pearland locations. (There is also one in The Woodlands.) Pick up Fried Pickles or Jalapeños for $6, Pretzel Bites with cheese sauce and honey mustard for $7 or feed a crowd with the ever-popular hot wings. Stadia offers boneless and bone-in wings for about $1 each and served smothered in your choice of 10 sauce flavors, such as spicy garlic and mango habanero. Get six boneless wings for $7, 12 for $13, 18 for $19 and 24 for $15. Bone-in wings are only $1 more per order. Stadia Sports Grill also serves freshly baked flatbreads for $11 each and a soup and salad combo for $8. Choose from five variations of sliders that cost $8 for three: Pork Belly, Bacon Cheeseburger, Buffalo Chicken, fried Country Chicken or Pulled Pork. The kids’ menu for children 10 and under has six items for $6 each and includes chicken strips, sliders, shrimp and pasta Alfredo.

pasta Alfredo with shrimp

High-end meals meet budget-friendly deals with bulk dishes from Floyd’s Seafood, like the Ashby’s Alfredeaux Pasta with shrimp. Image Courtesy of Floyd’s Seafood in Pearland

  • Floyd’s Seafood: This spacious hangout specializes in top-quality Cajun seafood and you can make your dollars stretch the most by ordering in bulk. Stock up on group meals and the price per plate usually drops below $10. This is perfect for the office; for families, enjoy a hot dinner tonight and freeze some for later for a future, stress-free meal. A large pan of chicken and sausage jambalaya makes 15 to 20 meals for $90 while the seafood version is $140. The large pan of Ashby’s Alfredeaux Pasta also serves 15 to 20 people and costs $200. There are a la carte items, too, such as catfish filets for $5 each, crab cakes for $6.50 each and stuffed shrimp for $4.50 each. (All are available fried, grilled or blackened). For splurge-worthy feasts, visit and relax on the shaded patio to indulge in appetizers and entrées. There are eight kinds of fish from which to choose as well as eight luxurious topping add-ons like Pontchartrain with shrimp, crab meat, mushrooms and cream sauce or Evangeline with crab meat, spinach and tomato in a citrus butter sauce.

Plate of barbecue meat plus sides

Central Texas BBQ serves smoked brisket, sausage, chicken, turkey, pulled pork and ribs with a whopping 16 options for side dishes. Photo courtesy of Central Texas BBQ

  • Central Texas BBQ: Support a local, family-run joint that’s been a Pearland favorite since 1969! The multi-generation family staff dishes up Texas-style barbecue classics: smoked brisket, sausage, chicken, pulled pork, turkey and ribs. Everything is available as a sandwich or a plate. Sandwiches range from $8.25 to $9.25 and plates start at $10.50 for the Haley Plate with choice of one meat, two sides and small drink. Another price-conscious option is the Sergeant James Daigle Special, which includes a turkey sandwich, chips and large drink for $10.95. The loaded baked potatoes are a great deal and start at $6.95 for one topped with butter, sour cream, cheese, bacon and chives, with meat options increasing the price to $12.25, depending on the selections. Sides are just as diverse. For sides, choose from 16 options, including macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes, baked or pinto beans, corn on the cob, broccoli rice and potato salad. A side is $3.95, a pint is $7.50, a quart is $12.25 and a gallon is $41.95. Sweeten your order with 10 desserts such as carrot cake, Pineapple Creamcheese Pie, Anna Banana Pudding and pecan pie.

Round plate with finger sandwiches and sides

Four Friends Tea Room has plenty of delicious budget-friendly selections, including sandwiches, salads and sides. Photo courtesy of Four Friends Tea Room

  • Four Friends Tea Room: Relax, sip and savor a pot of tea alongside tasty lunch nibbles at this cozy cafe near downtown Pearland. Visit solo or make reservations for a group of pals; the inviting rooms are perfect for parties of all sizes but orders are also available for takeout, curbside pickup and through third-party delivery services DoorDash and Uber Eats. Low-cost options abound and include a sandwich and side combo with two finger sandwiches and one side for $8, Triple Decker Club Sandwich with ham, turkey, bacon, cheese, veggies, chips and pickle spear for $9 and a spinach salad spiked with toasted almonds, Greek style feta cheese, strawberries and raspberry vinaigrette is $9. Finger sandwich selections include Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad, Creamy Chicken Salad, pimento cheese, egg salad, tuna salad, cucumber cream cheese, pumpkin bread with sweet cream cheese filling or choice of ham, turkey, Swiss or American cheese.

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Choose from four Tex-Mex Family Meals that cost $36.99 and feed a family of four. One choice is the chicken tacos, pictured. Photo courtesy of Gringo’s Tex-Mex

  • Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen: Although this Tex-Mex destination has more than 10 Houston-area locations, Pearland gets bragging rights as home to the original. Cheap eats include the Fajita Bowl brimming with meat, refried beans, Mexican rice, a touch of chili con carne and queso for only $8.99 for chicken, $9.99 for beef or $9.69 for both. Another option is the Marisco Bowl, filled with sautéed Gulf shrimp and crawfish tails, Mexican rice and white wine sauce that is $9.99. Add fajita meat for only $1.99 extra. There are also combination plates, such as the Summer Special with guacamole, crispy beef taco, bean chalupa and queso chip for $8.99, and beef Burrito Con Queso served with rice and beans for $10.19. Stop in during happy hour Monday through Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. when the Caddy’Rita and House’Rita are $5.50 and $4.50, respectively, draft beer is $2.79 for domestic and $3.49 for premium, and wines are $1 off per glass. Gringo’s has also unveiled four Tex-Mex Family Meals for $36.99. Each meal feeds a family of four (two adults and two kids). Choose from Enchilada with one dozen cheese, ground beef or salsa-style chicken topped with choice of chili con carne, poblano cream or queso; Tacos that includes one dozen ground beef or salsa-style chicken topped with lettuce, tomato and cheese; Chicken Fajita that includes chicken fajitas, guacamole, pico, cheese and tortillas (combo or all beef available for additional fee); and Fajita Bowl Casserole made with chicken fajita meat, refried beans, rice, queso, shredded cheese and tortillas (combo or all beef available for additional fee). All meals also include beans, rice, red & green salsa, queso & chips.

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