Urbanspoon was one of those apps that first made the original smartphones look cool, with its gambler-friendly, shake-to-pick-a-restaurant format.
Four years later, Urbanspoon has a database of over 1 million restaurants throughout the United States — and one restaurant in Houston stands out as one of the most popular.
On Tuesday the site published a list of the 100 most popular cheap eats — that's any restaurant labeled with a single '$' — as based on "blogger reviews, food critics and diner votes on Urbanspoon."
In Houston, the only restaurant that made the list was Tiny Boxwood's, the ultra-popular bite-sized cafe inside the Thomson + Hansen nursery. Say what you will about Tiny Boxwood's (can any place with a $22 lamb burger really be considered "cheap eats"?) there's always a huge line on nice days for the simple yet delicious fare (helloooo, chocolate chip cookies), the gorgeous environs and the premium people-watching.
Austin had three restaurants make the nationwide Urbanspoon list — Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Hut's Hamburgers and Magnolia Cafe — and other Texas cheap eats ranked in the top 100 include Fuzzy's Taco Shop in Fort Worth, Thai Pepper in Lubbock, Tex's Star Grill in the D/FW suburb of North Richland Hills and San Antonio's Florio's Pizza and Mangolia Pancake Haus.
What are your favorite cheap eats around town?