Where the deals are: Haven's new blue plate lunches are too good for a ten-spot
Budget experts have been saying it for years — if you want a high-end dining experience without the price tag, go at lunch.
That's been the case at Haven since it opened a year ago — on the lunch menu, salads start at $8 and sandwiches and entrees $12 — but recently chef Randy Evans upped the ante with a quintet of Blue Plate lunch specials for $10.
Made up of classic Texas comfort foods — fried chicken with mac and cheese on Thursdays, red beans and rice andouille, meatloaf Tuesdays and king ranch chicken — the elevated diner-style entrees go perfect with a late lunch on Haven's relaxing patio since they're available until 4 p.m.
I had the fried shrimp with onion rings, which arrived in such a large portion I had trouble finishing off the rings, which kept a sweet crunchiness despite a thick batter. The shrimp are the same enormous, burst-in-your mouth gobstoppers from the Gulf found in Haven's more sophisticated seafood dishes.
And for only a couple dollars more than fast food, the specials may be blue, but your wallet won't be.