San Antonio Eateries Where You Can Afford to Splurge

Kimberly Suta

By , Local Expert, San Antonio
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What is value? Certainly when we consider value we must consider more than cost, we must consider what we're getting for that cost. has scoured San Antonio to ascertain the 10 best restaurants, taking into account quality, quantity, cost, ambiance and numerous other factors. Does being economical mean you can't eat good food? Heaven's no! In fact, we like to believe you can eat well, live well and go to bed with some change still in your pocket.

For starters, how many people think they can eat sushi on a budget? If you visit Osaka Japanese Steak & Sushi, you'll be shocked to find their generous and...  Read more »

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    Osaka Japanese Steak & Sushi

    Osaka is a fairly new but growing Sushi restaurant with some value-conscious options.

    Local Expert Tip: "It sounds funny, but if you like mushrooms, make sure to sample the Monkey Brains, which are deep-fried mushrooms stuffed with cream cheese and spicy tuna and topped with eel sauce and spicy mayo. Deelish!"

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    Central Market

    Central Market offers selection and cost-efficiency when looking for good food at a great price.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the Smoked Salmon Sandwich which comes with capers, red onion, cream cheese and, of course smoked salmon, on rye bread. You can even ask them to toast the bread!"

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    Tito's offers really great food at a very low price.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Cilantro Cream Chicken Enchiladas are decadent!"

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    Saigon Express

    Saigon Express offers patrons something delicious at a very reasonable price.

    Local Expert Tip: "The P1, Pho Soup with Brisket, is lean and delicious!"

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    Lulu's Bakery & Cafe

    Lulu's offers customers giant-sized portions at very reasonable prices

    Local Expert Tip: "Lulu's gets busy so be sure to go early to make sure they don't run out of the good stuff!"

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    Cerroni's Purple Garlic

    Purple Garlic offers homemade Italian fare at about half the cost of most Italian restaurants.

    Local Expert Tip: "For something a little different, try the Mediterraneo Pizza, made with shrimp, spinach, mushrooms and tomato!"

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    Cappyccino's is a great deal because you get high quality food for low prices.

    Local Expert Tip: "Cappyccino's makes their own crispy tangy potato chips that can be served plain or loaded with sour cream, bacon and green onion. Loaded, friends, loaded!"

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    Cascabel Mexican Patio

    Cascabel's offers superior and unique food for ridiculously low prices

    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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    Yaya's Thai Restaurant

    • Cuisine: Asian, Thai
    • Average Main Course Price: $14
    • Neighborhood: Monte Vista

    Yaya's offers upscale food in a posh environment at low prices.

    Local Expert Tip: "You may think you don't have room for dessert, but once you taste Yaya's scrumptious pound-cake-coated, deep-fried ice-cream, you won't care anymore!"

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    Timbo's Burgers

    Timbo's is an exception deal with amazing yet inexpensive burgers and sides.

    Local Expert Tip: "Order the Tots! They're hot and crispy and perfectly cooked!"



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