San Antonio on the cheap

Thursday, November 29, 2007 | 1:32 p.m. CST; updated 11:49 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

MU football fans traveling to San Antonio this weekend for the Big 12 Championship Game need to budget money for tickets, transportation and lodging. If you are reeling from these expenses, here are a few ways to keep your costs down.


Habanero’s Grill

13444 West Ave.


Open every day at 11 a.m. and closes at 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Build your own burrito for as little as $4.95 or choose other Tex-Mex foods such as nachos, tacos and quesadillas. Most items on the menu are under $5. A coupon for $2 off any burrito can be found here.

For a complete menu, click here.

The Smokehouse

3306 Roland Ave.


Open every day except Monday at 11 a.m. Closes at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

This restaurant offers barbecue, including sandwiches for $3.20. If you are traveling with a crowd, The Smokehouse’s family order, which comes with multiple meats and sides, can be had for $23.

Mi Tierra Café

218 Produce Row


Open 24 hours

The café is fully equipped and includes a restaurant, bar, bakery and live music. Mexican style breakfast, lunch and dinner are served all day. Most dishes are under $10. Click here for more information.

Schilo’s Delicatessen

424 East Commerce St.


Open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Located on the River Walk, this restaurant features German cuisine and a deli. Dishes average $7 to $8. The restaurant suggested trying their Wiener Schnitzel.

Blue Star Brewing Company

1414 South Alamo St.

Suite 105


This restaurant has its own brewery and has American style cuisine. Entrees start at $5.50.

Click here for more information.

Sources: and the Travel Channel.


San Antonio Botanical Garden

555 Funston Place


Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 3 to 13, $4 for ages 60+, $4 for active military personnel, Retirees and Reservists with ID and $4 for students with an ID.

Click here for more information.

The Alamo

300 Alamo Plaza


The Alamo is close to the River Walk in downtown San Antonio. Learn about the history of Texas and the Alamo, and then visit the garden and museum. Admission is free and it is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sundays.

Click here for more information.

The River Walk

There will be holiday boat caroling, and the pathways are lighted with candles.

Admission is free and boat rides run about 35 minutes. The cost is $2 for children 1 to 5, $7.75 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and active duty military.

Click here for more information.

Tower of the Americas

600 Hemisfair Plaza Way


The tower has an observation deck, restaurant and 4-D theater ride. It costs $10.95 for adults, $8.95 for children and $9.95 for military and senior citizens.

Click here for more information.


If you will be in San Antonio without your own transportation, you can get around town using the VIA metropolitan transit. For $1, the transit can take you to downtown locations such as the Alamo or the San Antonio zoo. A one-day pass can be purchased for $3.75. Round trip services to and from the football game will also be offered for $6 per adult.

Click here for more information on fares and schedules.

Sources: VIA Transit, San Antonio Visitor's Bureau.


Café Ole

512 Riverwalk


This restaurant and bar features happy hour specials from 2 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays which includes food and drinks for $10. Café Ole is also the home of the “muy grande” 60 oz. margarita. Click here for more information.

Howl at the Moon

111 West Crockett St. #201


For those that are homesick for Columbia and the Penguin, visit this dueling piano bar for their Big 12 Championship special event hours: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday, 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday.

Click here for more information.

Leapin’ Lizard Pub

302 E. Commerce St.


If the River Walk gets too crowded, this smaller bar is a good escape and offers daily drink specials.

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