Delicious Deals at OC Restaurant Week

September 16, 2009 at 8:02 pm (Dining Deals) (, , , )

I’m back stateside after my fantastic trip to England (not a very frugalicious place to travel, by the way…the exchange rate kills you!). And I made it back just in time for Orange County Restaurant Week. Through Saturday, participating restaurants are offering prix-fixe lunches for $10, $15, or $20, or prix-fixe dinners for $20, $30, or $40. Yes, $20 for lunch or $40 for dinner is still pretty steep, but Orange County Restaurant Week gives diners a chance to get a three-course meal at some very nice restaurants. However, I would strongly advise would-be diners to check out the restaurant menus posted on the Restaurant Week website. At some restaurants, you might not end up saving any money at all (ahem, I’m talking to you, Crow Bar and Kitchen). Still, if you’ve always wanted to try, say, Michael Mina’s Stonehill Tavern, now’s the time!

After our jaunt overseas, Mr. Frugalicious and I can’t afford to dine out very often, but we have decided to splurge on a meal at Savannah Chop House on Saturday night. I’ve never been, but I like the supper club vibe of the place. And for $30 each, we get a complete three-course meal–starter, entree, and dessert–PLUS a glass of house wine. Not bad for a place where entrees usually run anywhere from $16 to $32.

Have you been to any of the restaurants that are participating in Restaurant Week? What did you think? How do you save money when you want to go out for a nice meal?

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Dining Deal–Maggiano’s Little Italy

August 24, 2009 at 9:03 pm (Dining Deals) (, , )

Would you like some pasta with your pasta? As if the portions at Maggiano’s aren’t big enough, the restaurant is now running a promotion where if you buy one pasta meal for $12.95, you can get a second meal to take home with you…for free! According to the promotional mailer that I got, “your second selection will be packaged and ready to go at the end of your meal.”

I don’t know about you, but I can usually get at least two meals out of one serving of pasta from Maggiano’s. And the nice thing about this promotion is that it doesn’t discriminate against single diners. Most restaurants offer “buy one, get one free” entree specials, but those deals aren’t any good if you’re eating alone. Occasionally, I enjoy a solitary lunch. It would be delightful to indulge in some delicious pasta and then have even more to take home with me. Maggiano’s packages its pasta with excellent reheating instructions, as well, so it always tastes good the next day.

You can choose from seven free pastas, including chicken pesto linguine, four-cheese ravioli, and my personal favorite, rigatoni “D”–pasta, roasted chicken, mushrooms, and caramelized onions in a marsala cream sauce, although I always hold the mushrooms. I’m not sure how widely this special is being advertised, but the mailer I got was pretty slick. I haven’t splurged on such a pricey lunch in quite a while, but I just might go back to Maggiano’s to take advantage of the extra free meal. Would a deal like this lure you in?

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Dining Out Deals

August 12, 2009 at 8:38 pm (Dining Deals) (, , , )

If you’re on a budget, of course it is most sensible to stay home and cook your own meals. But sometimes, you’ve just gotta live a little. Although we enjoy cooking at home, every once in a while, Mr. Frugalicious and I like to head out to a restaurant and let someone else sweat over a stove. To save money, though, I keep an eye on special deals at our favorite spots. And now, the Dana Point Times has compiled a round-up of deals at local restaurants. The list has a lot of good information on food and drink specials, at upscale restaurants and at casual joints.

I’m looking forward to trying the $3 appetizers at Salt Creek Grille, and I can’t imagine anything more pleasant than sitting on the Chart House patio overlooking the Dana Point Harbor while sipping a discounted specialty cocktail and nibbling on a $4 appetizer.

What are your favorite restaurant deals?

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