El Siete Mares
3831 W. Commerce St., (210) 436-6056, elsietemaressa.com
At El Siete Mares you can find delicious weekday specials. The menu includes enchiladas de camarón, which comes with two shrimp enchiladas topped with tomatillo sauce and mozzarella cheese. The $5.99 special is served with rice, salad, French fries and shrimp-based garlic soup.
618 McCullough Ave., (210) 223-5587, guillermosdowntown.com
Guillermo's is an Italian-American favorite where 99 percent of their lunch menu is under $15. For $9.99 you can get a gourmet sandwich like the meatball, provolone and feta with a side salad or spinach bow-tie pasta salad. Mamma mia, that's a spicy deal!
1014 S. Alamo St., (210) 368-9324, hotjoysa.com
Fried chicken on steroids is how we like to describe Hot Joy's hot fried chicken. The chicken is served with chili oil, Szechuan peppercorn, sour chilies, and blue cheese for only $13.99. On the Hot Joy menu, the meal is listed under the "Large" category. It's safe to say this is a hot deal. Or stop by on Wednesdays when the eatery has their signature twice-fried crab fat caramel wings and other fun iterations for $5.
Lüke San Antonio
125 E. Houston St., (210) 227-5853, lukesanantonio.com
Normally it would be hard to walk out of Lüke's without dropping a President Grant, but the restaurant does offer daily express dishes for $10 such as Monday's Tabasco honey-fried chicken with red beans and rice or Thursday's pork jambalaya. Pick one up for a power-lunch special.
Osteria Il Sogno
200 E. Grayson St., (210) 223-3900
Osteria Il Sogno, San Anto's primo destination for authentic Italian cuisine, has a fun secret. The margherita pizza, originally priced at $14, is a steal if you get to it fast enough, dropping to $6 if you get there at 6 p.m., $7 at 7 p.m., etc.
1127 S. St. Mary's St., (210) 745-2581, themontereysa.com
Every Tuesday between 6 and 10 p.m. The Monterey offers a $5 burger special. The burger is a bacon cheeseburger with house pickles, lettuce, tomatoes and onions. The special includes fries, but we were sold at the mention of bacon. Be prepared for a long wait.
Tribeca Di Olmos
4331 McCullough Ave., (210) 320-0698, tribecadiolmos.com
Tribeca Di Olmos is a restaurant that specializes in American cuisine. Pizza, seafood, steak; you name it, they got it. At Tribeca, you can also find delicious pastas including pesto tagliatelle with chicken. The $14 dish is served with parmesan cheese and wild mushrooms. Yum.
Multiple locations, sushizushi.com
At Sushi Zushi, you can try the sushi sampler. For $14 you can purchase an assortment of nigiri and maki-zushi, including tuna, salmon, yellowtail, octopus and shrimp. You will also receive your choice of a California, Philadelphia, spicy tuna or spicy salmon roll.
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