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finding a good cheap lunch in the golden triangle - a hopeless endeavor?

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finding a good cheap lunch in the golden triangle - a hopeless endeavor?

Dave B | Sep 9, 2005 04:50 PM

I'm at that point where I can barely muster the energy to get up from my desk at noon, given I'm so profoundly bored of all the casual lunch places I've found in the golden triangle. I know I'm asking for a lot --the area is saturated with the usual ABPs and Chipotles and the rest -- but have any of you perhaps uncovered some hidden, above average gems? (I'll take what I can get at this point; I'm not expecting any miracle workers here...)

Tried CF Folks at lunch today, since I've heard good things about it, but extremely disappointed. Ordered the roast lamb special, two cold pieces of stringy lamb beneath what tasted like packet gravy and powdery potatoes, paying twice as much as Greek Deli (where you can get far superior lamb, and a few pounds of it!). Maybe it was a lousy order or an off day, but that piece of wonder bread they tucked on the side was inexcusable.

So far my favorites (though I'm sick of these too):

Malaysia Kopitam - the Raja chicken and the Chicken in Black Bean sauce are huge and delicious. Plus the "oompia"s (spelling?) as an appetizer, soft spring roll things with dried shrimp paste and crispy shallots, are fantastic.

Bread Line - not great by any other city's standards, but relativity is the key here. The Wednesday spicy chicken dalliah sandwich, a crusty bun with 'west african' chicken, fried plantains and onions is pretty good when they don't screw it up by making it an S&M-burn-your-guts-out meal. And the fries are superb when you're in the mood for a bit of grease...

Moby Dick - reasonably good, but I'm not as fanatical about it as most people. It's kebab, rice, salad. Acceptable for what it is, but a tad sterile to me. I find the shish taouk at El Khartoun (taxi driver joint close to my house) much, much tastier.

Alright. Any tips from you all would be great.

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