The Chicken Fried Ribeye at Boudro's is double-dipped in a buttermilk batter fried and dusted with black sesame seeds.
Ask any local for the best margarita around, and you'll be pointed in the direction of Zuni Grill for their famous electric-pink Cactus 'Rita. This downright quaffable concoction (made by marinating the pink fruit of the prickly pear cactus in gold tequila) makes an ideal late-afternoon refreshment. If you want to munch on something, order Zuni's fire-roasted red chile salsa and chips--the combination of the ice-cold margarita and fiery salsa is out of this world. 223 Losoya, San Antonio; (210) 227-0864. Appetizers: $4-$10.
When it comes to lunch and casual dining, this is the spot--hands down. The menu is simple but thorough, with portions suitable for even the hungriest of cowhands. Start with the Texas Tapas, a tasty sampler of Southwest-inspired treats such as grilled andouille sausage topped with a tangy barbecue sauce, a smoked duck tamale, and a skewer of grilled pork tenderloin and pineapple. But without question, the star of the show here is the wafer-thin Chicken Fried Ribeye. Not only is this pepper gravy-covered gem a steal at $8.50 (which includes garlic mashed potatoes and slaw), the generous dish may be the only meal you need for the rest of the day. My advice: Arrive hungry, or take a friend. 421 East Commerce Street, San Antonio; (210) 224-8484. Lunch entrées: $5-$12.