Osaka Japanese Steak and Sushi
Multiple locations, osakasteaknsushi.com
If you’re looking to enjoy some authentic sushi but not drop all your money on it, Osaka has a great sushi roll deal. You can order two rolls for $15 or three rolls for $20. Their menu gives you the option of choosing from 18 different rolls in this special deal.
Try the spider roll.
Pho Cong Ly
300 W. Bitters Road, (210) 499-5572
Pho Cong Ly has mastered the pho bowl and their most commonly ordered item is the P2 ($7.65), which combines the rich broth with eye round steak and a fresh batch of accouterments to put in your bowl, including a giant pile of bean sprouts, cilantro, basil, jalapenos and lemons.
Try the Vietnamese spring rolls.
7701 Broadway, (210) 805-8646, floriospizza.com
They are known for their New York-style pizza and laid-back atmosphere but the sandwiches are just as savory. Their “Cold Italian” is a gourmet sandwich stuffed with everything you could want in an Italian sub. For only $7.95, you can enjoy some thin-sliced genoa salami, ham, pepperoni, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion between a perfectly toasted roll, along with some oil and vinegar dressing.
Don’t skip the homemade desserts.
1014 S. Alamo St., (210) 368-9324, hotjoysa.com
What’s better than twice-fried chicken wings on “Wingsday?” Not a whole lot. Hot Joy features their killer wings on Wednesday for just $5 and you can choose from lemon pepper curry, Sichuan crunch and original crab fat caramel.
Branch outside of the house wings if you’re looking for something new.
El Gallito De Jalisco
9226 Wurzbach Road, (210) 614-7114
Mini tacos are perfect for any day of the week and any meal of the day and El Gallito serves up their five mini tacos and a soda all for $6.50 every week. Not only is this a cheap deal, but they offer variety – you can also choose two different meats for your five mini taco plate.
Don’t miss the burritos for $4.50
17676 Blanco Road, #400, (210) 362-1901
A hidden gem in San Antonio is serving up giant slices of pizza. This New York-style pizza is a can’t-miss and so is their lunch special. You can order two slices of pizza and a soda for only $4.50. One piece will be enough to fill you but getting the special won’t hurt.
Pick up some cannoli while there.
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille
15900 La Cantera Pkwy., (210) 558-6161, perryssteakhouse.com
Known for their Flinstonian pork chops and other high-roller menu items, Perry’s has a Friday lunch special you cannot pass up. Their infamous pork chop is only $13.95 during lunch and features potatoes and applesauce to boot.
Get there early.
2323 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 735-1955
Burger Boy is a classic spot in San Antonio. Their great burgers at even better prices is one of the many reasons you should try it — another reason is the orange freeze. Their Bates Special includes a famous burger boy with crinkle-cut fries and a regular drink for $4.95.
Upgrade to a milkshake!
618 McCullough Ave., (210) 223-5587, guillermosdowntown.com
Guillermo’s is a bumpin’ hot spot for lunch and their Tony’s Special is to blame. One of their best-selling items on the menu, the special includes a gourmet sandwich, such as the Italian ham and pepperoni, meatball or the delicious turkey, bacon and avocado paired with a classic side salad or their signature bow-tie pasta salad. All this can be yours for $12. You cannot pass this up.
Get there early to avoid the lunch rush.
Augie’s Barbed Wire Smoke House
3709 N. St. Marys St., (210) 735-0088, augiesbbq.com
Augie’s is definitely the place for authentic barbecue, but it’s also the place to indulge in a good burger. For $8.99 you can get a half-pound smoked patty cheeseburger and rough-cut fries. The restaurant offers more than just the classic burger — stop in for a chili cheeseburger, chili cheese Frito burger or the brisket burger, all under $12.
Go even cheaper with the chopped barbecue sandwich for $5.99