Hounds' Take on Montrose
This is weird, I'm a gay man and this is the 2nd time I've lived in Houston, but today I found myself driving through Montrose and wondering again, where to eat? I don't live in the area, so I don't really keep up, but darned if I couldn't think of anyplace except Niko Niko and Baba Yega. Oh and Barnaby's.
Where do y'all go for lunch in Montrose?
Baba Yega Restaurant
2607 Grant St, Houston, TX 77006
2520 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006
Some more around the price point of your original list:
One's a Meal on Westheimer
La Mexicana on Fairview
Harry's on Tuam
Lankford Grocery on Dennis
Acadian Bakers on Alabama
La Guadalupana on Dunleavy
I don't care for it but friends do - La Tapatia on Richmond.
Plus you're not that far from Little Saigon and banh mi shops, etc.
La Mexicana Restaurant
1018 Fairview St, Houston, TX 77006
"Little Saigon" is in Midtown, just east of Montrose. It is bordered by Smith, Elgin, Main and Gray streets. There's a good variety of places, from shops where you can get vietnamese sandwiches (Cali Sandwich, Les Givrals), to pho shops (Pho Nga, Pho Saigon) to all-around restaurants (Van Loc, Mai's (presently closed due to fire)).
In answer to your original question, here's some of my favorite spots for lunch in Montrose and vicinity:
La Fendee -- middle-eastern
Pronto Cucina -- Italian, same owners as Vincent's and Nino's
Thai Sticks -- thai (doh!), good variety of curries
Yelapa Playa -- mexican, ceviches
Bocado's -- mexican
Ziggy's Healthy Grill -- health food
Ziggy's Healthy Grill
2202 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098
Bocados Restaurant & Bar
1312 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77006
801 Congress St Ste 101, Houston, TX 77002
2929 Milam St Ste C, Houston, TX 77006
7400 W Tidwell Rd Ste A, Houston, TX 77040
That's the area I was thinking of; look for the street signs in both English and VIetnamese.
In looking it up online, though, to get the boundaries, I came across the fact that a portion of New Chinatown on the far west side is apparently called Little Saigon. I wasn't aware of that.