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It might not be summer, but we've been hearing a lot about lobster lately. While now is the prime time for plump oysters--here's the oyster guide we offered when the season opened in November--we've had some locals ask where they can find lobster without having to dress up and over-spend on those sought after crustaceans. So, here are some casual places with mostly affordable dishes to satisfy your lobster craving. Fair warning: They are not intended for lobster purists who scoff at the mention of drawn butter. But they are good. Save the shell peeling for crawfish season and dig into some lobster now. As always, let us know if we missed a spot.

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1. Bar Boheme

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307 Fairview St
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 529-1099
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Even though truffle oil bugs the hell out of some food lovers, we can vouch for its perfectly acceptable use in the Lobster-ita at Boheme. Fresh basil, large chunks of lobster and mozzarella all on a lavash bread (Armenian flatbread) make for an addictive favorite.

2. Confucius

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8880 Bellaire Blvd, Ste J
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 271-6888
It doesn't get any more casual than this Chinatown standby. Some locals go here for the duck, but it's the ultra-affordable ginger-and-onion lobster that's become popular as of late. Two will only run you about $18.

3. Maine-ly Sandwiches

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3310 South Shepherd Drive
Houston, TX 77019
With their second location conveniently on Shepherd near Richmond, this is the place to go for a more authentic lobster roll. The interior is kitschy, filled with New England knick-knacks, it's a fun place to head for lightly mayo-dressed chunks of lobster in a toasted roll.

4. Kata Robata

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3600 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 526-8858
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The sweetness of the meat isn't lost to the cheesy noodles, and the miso flavor enhances the ultimate comfort food dish at Kata. They don't skimp on the lobster, either.

5. Hai Cang Harbor Seafood Restaurant

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11768 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX
(281) 564-4288
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This Chinatown spot recently started selling the $18 lobster special, and became instantly popular. Head here and order the Alison Cook-recommended lobster tossed with beer and black pepper. Have it served over fried rice with crab for an ultra filling dish.

6. Americas

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2040 W Gray St
Houston, TX 77019
(832) 200-1492
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This is admittedly not a casual place for dinner, but you can head here for a a more casual dining experience at happy hour. Order the lobster corn dogs for a delicious steal. Little croquettes on a stick are rooted into a wooden cube for dramatic presentation, and are served with a lemon chardonnay aoili. They will only set you back about $5 if you get there before 7 on weekday.

7. Patrenella's Ristorante Italiano

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813 Jackson Hill St
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 863-8223
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It's just a seasonal off-the-menu option here, but when you can, make sure to catch the lobster ravioli. While many places offer this dish, it's nice to head to Patrenella's in casual clothes and order a decadent, authentically Italian lobster-stuffed order of ravioli.

8. Fung's Kitchen

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7320 S.W. Freeway #115
Houston, TX 77074
Head to this Houston classic and opt for the ginger and onion sauteed lobster. This place, like several Chinatown spots, also offers a great $18-19 option.

9. Caracol

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2200 Post Oak Blvd Ste 160
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 622-9996
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Your first thought might be "fine dining" when you consider recently opened Caracol--and it is-- but head here for lunch or dinner in casual attire and you won't feel uncomfortable. Plus, it meets the Texan map criteria of having a Mexican tortilla-and-something option. A dish of lobster tail served with rice, beans and flour tortillas isn't uncommon in coastal Mexican towns, and it's nice to have as a regular option in Houston.

10. La Fisheria Houston

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4705 Inker St
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 802-1712
The shrimp and Gouda flatbread always steals the lobster spotlight, but it's the red beet risotto served with a lobster tail that we've ordered more than once. (Just remember, it's casual but don't take kids after 7...)

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1. Bar Boheme

307 Fairview St, Houston, TX 77006
Even though truffle oil bugs the hell out of some food lovers, we can vouch for its perfectly acceptable use in the Lobster-ita at Boheme. Fresh basil, large chunks of lobster and mozzarella all on a lavash bread (Armenian flatbread) make for an addictive favorite.
307 Fairview St
Houston, TX 77006

2. Confucius

8880 Bellaire Blvd, Ste J, Houston, TX 77036
It doesn't get any more casual than this Chinatown standby. Some locals go here for the duck, but it's the ultra-affordable ginger-and-onion lobster that's become popular as of late. Two will only run you about $18.
8880 Bellaire Blvd, Ste J
Houston, TX 77036

3. Maine-ly Sandwiches

3310 South Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX 77019
With their second location conveniently on Shepherd near Richmond, this is the place to go for a more authentic lobster roll. The interior is kitschy, filled with New England knick-knacks, it's a fun place to head for lightly mayo-dressed chunks of lobster in a toasted roll.
3310 South Shepherd Drive
Houston, TX 77019

4. Kata Robata

3600 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098
The sweetness of the meat isn't lost to the cheesy noodles, and the miso flavor enhances the ultimate comfort food dish at Kata. They don't skimp on the lobster, either.
3600 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098

5. Hai Cang Harbor Seafood Restaurant

11768 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX
This Chinatown spot recently started selling the $18 lobster special, and became instantly popular. Head here and order the Alison Cook-recommended lobster tossed with beer and black pepper. Have it served over fried rice with crab for an ultra filling dish.
11768 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX

6. Americas

2040 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019
This is admittedly not a casual place for dinner, but you can head here for a a more casual dining experience at happy hour. Order the lobster corn dogs for a delicious steal. Little croquettes on a stick are rooted into a wooden cube for dramatic presentation, and are served with a lemon chardonnay aoili. They will only set you back about $5 if you get there before 7 on weekday.
2040 W Gray St
Houston, TX 77019

7. Patrenella's Ristorante Italiano

813 Jackson Hill St, Houston, TX 77007
It's just a seasonal off-the-menu option here, but when you can, make sure to catch the lobster ravioli. While many places offer this dish, it's nice to head to Patrenella's in casual clothes and order a decadent, authentically Italian lobster-stuffed order of ravioli.
813 Jackson Hill St
Houston, TX 77007

8. Fung's Kitchen

7320 S.W. Freeway #115, Houston, TX 77074
Head to this Houston classic and opt for the ginger and onion sauteed lobster. This place, like several Chinatown spots, also offers a great $18-19 option.
7320 S.W. Freeway #115
Houston, TX 77074

9. Caracol

2200 Post Oak Blvd Ste 160, Houston, TX 77056
Your first thought might be "fine dining" when you consider recently opened Caracol--and it is-- but head here for lunch or dinner in casual attire and you won't feel uncomfortable. Plus, it meets the Texan map criteria of having a Mexican tortilla-and-something option. A dish of lobster tail served with rice, beans and flour tortillas isn't uncommon in coastal Mexican towns, and it's nice to have as a regular option in Houston.
2200 Post Oak Blvd Ste 160
Houston, TX 77056

10. La Fisheria Houston

4705 Inker St, Houston, TX 77007
The shrimp and Gouda flatbread always steals the lobster spotlight, but it's the red beet risotto served with a lobster tail that we've ordered more than once. (Just remember, it's casual but don't take kids after 7...)
4705 Inker St
Houston, TX 77007

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