San Antonio Restaurants Offer Huge Flavor without the Huge Expense

Kimberly Suta

By , Local Expert, San Antonio
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Are you looking for somewhere special to enjoy an excellent meal that won't strain your wallet? Sure, San Antonio is flush with restaurants, particularly all sorts of new options in the downtown and Pearl Brewery areas, which means it's even more difficult to know where to go that won't cost you an arm and a leg.

There's a little bit of something for every palette on this budget-conscious list, and each and every one of them is quite special in their own right. They serve great food and provide excellent service to top it off! Hot Joy is one of the newest restaurants on the scene, and is quickly becoming a Southtown favorite....  Read more »

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    Hot Joy

    Hot Joy offers unique Asian dishes at a price not as spicy as their cuisine!

    Local Expert Tip: "Start your meal off with the homemade Banchan or Fried Pork Springrolls and save room for one of their wonderfully unique desserts!"

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    Fratello's Deli

    Fratello's ensures that you can enjoy good homemade Italian fare without breaking your wallet.

    Local Expert Tip: "Fratello's easily makes THE best neapolitan-style pizza in town! If you like spicy, try the Salame Piccante. You can even watch your pie being made before it's put into the oven."

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    Galpao Gaucho Brazilian Steakhouse

    The least expensive Brazilian steakhouse in town, all in a casual, relaxed atmosphere with no skimping on flavor.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make sure to try all of the warm side dishes - the rice and black beans are particularly delicious!"

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    Cascabel Mexican Patio

    Cascabel is a special and inexpensive Mexican restaurant unlike any other Mexican food you'll find in the city.

    Local Expert Tip: "This quaint and quirky little restaurant is great for breakfast too. Try the Mexican hot chocolate or the Cafe de Olla. There is nothing else like it!"

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    Taps Y Tapas

    Made from scratch mouthwatering cuisine and craft brews for a steal!

    Local Expert Tip: "Chef's daily specials are superb! Sample treats like Braised Beef Cheek Sliders, Lamb Tacos and Tuna Tartare Tostadas! Oh, and don't forget to try the homemade sangria and bottomless momosas on Sundays!"

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    The Monterey

    If you're a foodie looking for some unique cuisine at a great price, head to the Monterey.

    Local Expert Tip: "The bar menu is just as popular as the food and they have a great patio!"

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    Tribeca is fine-dining European fare made from locally-sourced ingredients at a great price.

    Local Expert Tip: "You can get one of Tribeca's amazing homemade pizzas for half off during Happy Hour!"

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    MAX's Wine Dive - San Antonio

    The perfect hangout with friends and family at a great price!

    Local Expert Tip: "Make sure to check out Executive Chef, Justin Johnson's new Spring Menu with delights such as Blackened Redfish and the Lime Shrimp and Avacado Salad!"

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    Panchos and Gringos Deli

    An unexpected gem, Panchos and Gringos Deli epitomizes fabulous cheap food!

    Local Expert Tip: "Breakfast is served all day!"

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    El 7 Mares

    It's not always easy finding good seafood at a reasonable price, especially in San Antonio, so enjoy!

    Local Expert Tip: "Honestly, no matter which dish catches your fancy, you can't go wrong at El 7 Mares, but we love the Molcajete de Camarones - shrimp, grilled panela cheese and grilled cactus simmering in a hot stone mortar filled with the most delicious savory tomato and tomatillo sauce!"



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