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After a couple of meatless meals at home, my craving for carne got the better of me, so I hit the nearest Texas Land & Cattle. While some restaurants are encountering hard times, the three TXLCs in San Antonio appear to be doing well. Mine, at 410 and McCullough, was sufficiently full at 6 p.m., that I sat at the bar rather than wait for a table.

Responding to the economy, TXLC offers 10 dinners under $10. You get a hearty meal with a sourdough loaf, soup or salad, and a main course with potato for $9.99 or less ($6.99 or less at lunch). I had a bowl of chili, followed by two huge, jalapeño-marinated, mesquite-grilled pork chops, and an enormous baked sweet potato. Each chop was about the size of a paperback, nicely trimmed of fat and bone. Other choices include ribeye, chicken-fried steak, ground Angus, roast chicken, and steak tacos. The Jack Daniels pecan pie sounded pretty good, too, but I had already let my belt out a notch. Lots of beers on draft and a wine list that starts at $5 per glass kept the bar staff hopping for the predominantly male crowd. 

All I can say is arrive hungry with a hankering for good meat.


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