We know how tough it is to be a college student on a budget in Huntsville. For some reason, you build up an urge to buy everything you lay your eyes on and end up broke. Lucky for you, there are plenty of great restaurants in town that offer an attractive menu at low prices. Check out Midtown Sam Houston’s list of the best restaurants in the Huntsville, TX for students on a budget. We want to help our local Sam Houston State University students get through college by helping them save as much as possible.

Here are the best restaurants in Huntsville for students on a budget:

Five Loaves Deli

If you’re looking for a quality non-chain restaurant that will satisfy your craving, go to Five Loaves Deli. They prepare each of their quality meats by hand and make sure everything is made from scratch. The Southern-styled food at this restaurant will have you thinking your grandmother prepared the dish. Just make sure you check out why Five Loaves made it on our list!

Food Style: Southern Deli

Location: 1329 University Ave # I, Huntsville, TX 77340

Restaurant Hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

Google Rating: 4.9 Stars

Restaurant Perks:

  • Catering Specials
  • Daily Specials

Local Favorites:

  • Quesadillas
  • Sandwiches
  • Soups
  • Wraps

Dining Tips & Tricks:

If you want to avoid customer traffic, make sure to go in any time before 11 a.m. and after 1 p.m. Once the line gets long, you will have to wait a bit longer for your food.

Fatboys Food Truck

Some of the best-undiscovered food comes from food trucks. Fatboys is a great spot to enjoy some of the best burgers in town. There are some picnic tables in front of the food truck where you can enjoy your perfectly cooked burger.

Food Style: Hamburger Food Truck

Location: 1110 Avenue M, Huntsville, TX 77340

Restaurant Hours

  • Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Google Rating: 4.9 Stars

Restaurant Perks:

  • Live Music
  • Open Mic
  • Outside Scenery

Local Favorites:

  • Burgers
  • Wings

Dining Tips & Tricks:

You can’t go wrong with the hamburgers at Fatboys. They always cook the beef patties to perfection and the wings are amazing at this food truck.

Mr. Hamburger

If our last restaurant isn’t enough for you, make sure you stop by Mr. Hamburger. This burger joint has been around town for a while and isn’t going anywhere. They offer a nice variety of finger foods that are to die for. Mr. Hamburger keeps it’s affordable and amazing. The Mr. Hamburger restaurant always uses fresh Angus beef to prepare its burgers, so you get the most for your buck.

Food Style: Burger Joint

Location: 918 11th St, Huntsville, TX 77340

Restaurant Hours:

  • Monday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

Google Rating: 4.4 Stars

Restaurant Perks

  • Catering
  • Online Orders

Local Favorites

  • Burgers
  • Burritos
  • Hot Dogs

Dining Tips & Tricks

You can’t go wrong when you order anything off the Mr. Burger menu. Just make sure that you pick the right time to do it! This burger spot tends to get busy during lunch time. Make sure to stop by afterward if you’re looking to skip out on a long wait.

Potato Shack

Just remember about the Potato Shack whenever you’re hungry and on campus. This great restaurant is just across campus, which makes things easier for those who want to save on gas. The Potato Shack prepares some great homemade food for a low price. Although the restaurant’s name can be misleading, it cooks up some of the best homemade soups and chicken wings in the area. Potatoes are not the only thing this local restaurant is good at making!

Food Style: Family Restaurant

Location: 1229 Josey St, Huntsville, TX 77340

Restaurant Hours: Monday – Sunday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Google Rating: 4.5 Stars

Restaurant Perks

  • Alcohol Selection
  • Happy Hour
  • Pick-Up

Dining Tips & Tricks:

Always feel free to try out how Potato Shack experiments with potato recipes. It’s a great way to discover great food to keep everything fresh and exciting.

Any time before dinner is a great time to stop by the Potato Shack, so it’s perfect for students who are on the go!

Café Texan

Café Texan is conveniently located downtown in Huntsville. Everyone who swings by for breakfast thinks everything is done to perfection. It is the perfect spot to eat lunch because of the daily lunch specials. Café Texan makes everything fun and worth the wait which is why college students keep going back for more. So, don’t miss out on a cheap but delicious meal in Huntsville!

Food Style: Texan Café

Location: 1120 Sam Houston Ave, Huntsville, TX 77340

Restaurant Hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 6 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: 7 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Google Rating: 4.2 Stars

Restaurant Perks

  • Lunch Specials
  • Take Out

Local Favorites

  • Freedom Fries
  • Mac & Cheese

Dining Tips & Tricks

Make sure you follow Café Texan on Facebook to stay updated on lunch specials. With that being said, lunchtime is Café Texan’s busiest time of the day. But whatever you do, don’t miss out on the savings!

Grand Buffet

We know that you just need to grub out sometimes. The Grand Buffet is the best place to eat as much as you can for the same price. We suggest that you go there on an empty stomach and ready to eat. You’ll love the never-ending sushi bar and everything else on the menu. We know every college student needs to dine at a buffet from time to time to save some extra cash.

Food Style: Asian Buffet

Location: 111 I-45, Huntsville, TX 77340

Restaurant Hours: Monday – Sunday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Google Rating: 4.1 Stars

Restaurant Perks:

  • Buffet

Local Favorites:

  • Sushi

Dining Tips & Tricks:

Don’t be embarrassed to eat as much as you’d like at the Grand Buffet. That’s what you paid for! Also, it is never a bad time to stop by and dine in at this restaurant. We just know that you won’t want to leave after you try the food.

Los Pericos

If you’re into some great Hispanic flavors at an affordable price, Los Pericos is the spot for you. Their prices are completely low for the area and the cooks prepare some of the best Mexican food in town. This isn’t your average chips and salsa restaurant, the sauce is made from scratch and there are plenty of authentic recipes to choose from. You’ll never have to worry about how the food is prepared because Los Pericos is well prepared for it all.

Food Style: Mexican Restaurant

Location: 1548 11th St, Huntsville, TX 77340

Restaurant Hours:

  • Sunday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Google Rating: 4.3 Stars

Restaurant Perks:

  • Alcohol Selection

Local Favorites:

  • Margaritas
  • Tortilla Soup

Tips & Tricks

Try ordering any plate with some meat. The spices are always good for the flavor and is well worth the money. 

It’s best if you dine in before dinner in order to save you some wait time.


Huntsville has some hidden gems where SHSU students can save some money and fill up on food. You just have to look around town to find the best deals! We just want to encourage you to go out and discover the best of Huntsville and college life. Hopefully, you had a great experience after trying out any of the restaurants that we recommended. 

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