Restaurant recession recovery

February 22, 2009 1:41:06 PM PST
The dining-out deals are incredible right now. In fact, some restaurants are literally giving food away!

You can save at a well-known chain or try out a fancy French restaurant.

For example, buy one entrée at TGI Friday's, get a second one for free!

Entrees at the chain cost up to $18.29, so this freebie's really good!

But hurry as the promotion is only good through March 1st.

If you're looking for something fancier, go to Alma de Cuba in Center City for free tapas from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A great way to check out the pricey, but delicious food at Lacroix is to go on Sunday or Monday evenings for its appetite stimulus plan of a three-course dinner is $35.

Plus, you'll get half off the restaurant's wine list!

And if you're in the burbs, try your luck at one of Iron Hill Brewery's seven locations.

Five times a week, the restaurant chooses at least one table to receive a bailout package, meaning the meal is on the house!

Many other restaurants are also offering free food and half-off deals.


Lunch Deals ?

Amada ?

  • Catalan Express ? $12.50, choose a soup and either an entrée salad or a sandwich Distrito ?
  • Blue Demon Express - $15, any first course item and any second course item from entire lunch menu Tinto ?
  • Bilbao Express - $14.50, choose a soup and either an entrée salad or a sandwich XIX ?
  • $19, three courses in the café ? LaBan called it best Lunch Deal in the city (see attached menu) Zahav ?
  • $10 Kadima lunch special: choice of grilled skewers over laffa with tehina and pickles Rouge ? no web site
  • $16 'Choose Two' lunch special ? select two dishes, they change daily. Caribou Café ?
  • $16 ? choice of soup du jour or petit salad with choice of any "classic French entrée" from the menu
  • Weekly Prix Fixe ?

      Fork, etc. Bistro Table ?
    • Every Wednesday night starting at 8 p.m., $40 for three courses, including wine pairings Iron Hill Brewery ? all seven locations
    • Prime Time Sundays ? Every Sunday from 1 pm to 9 pm, enjoy a 14 oz cut Prime Rib, tossed salad, baked potato, vegetable and 16 oz house pint or glass of house wine for $19.95. Marigold Kitchen
    • Sundays, three courses for $30. Choose any appetizer, any entrée, any dessert from the regular menu. Pub & Kitchen ?
    • $3 for a warm bag of peanuts, chicken liver toasts, boiled eggs with fennel salt, oyster crackers & horseradish, malt vinegar potato crisps or olives Tria ?
    • Sunday School: Every Sunday, Tria offers one beer, one wine and one cheese for 50% off or more. XIX ?
    • Monday to Friday, the $30 Café Table Dinner Menu ? three, courses- including coffee or tea. Xochitl ?
    • Keep your weekend going with Sunday dinner at Xochitl: enjoy guacamole prepared tableside and any appetizer, entree and dessert for $35
    • Thursday's "staff meal" ? half-price, late-night menu in the lounge Zahav ?
    • Mesibah meal: $50 per person for five courses, including dessert
    • Happy Hours

      London Grill ?

    • Monday to Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., $3 Happy Hour
    • $3 mini meals (mini fish & chips, mini duck quesadillas, mini mussels, mini duck spring rolls, mini grilled chicken and brie, mini London burger [with caramelized onions and boursin] ? wimpy stack is 4 minis for $10, mini mixed greens, mini soup etc.)
    • $3 draughts
    • $3 well drinks
    • $3 beer bottles
    • Pub & Kitchen ?
    • Monday to Friday from 5 to 6 p.m.
    • $2 bar snacks
    • $1 oysters
    • $3 domestic pints on draught
    • $5 house wines
    • XIX ?
    • 5 to 7 p.m., seven days a week, half price signature cocktails
    • Monday Night, half off on bottles of wine
    • Wednesday, 5 to 10 p.m., $10 for three oysters (chef's selection) and a draft beer
    • Zahav ?
    • 5 to 7 p.m. daily, $3 Israeli beer, $5 Israeli wines by the glass, and $5 selected specialty cocktails. Half-price hummus.
    • Caribou Café ?
    • 4 - 6pm, seven days a week, half price appetizers, $5 wine and cocktails and $3 beers.
    • Zinc bar ?
    • 4 - 6pm, seven days a week, $4 wines and complimentary Pork rillettes "French way"

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