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San Diego Dining Deals

Hey All,

Was reading an interesting article in the NY Times where the author was trying to dine out with a companion and get a good meal for a decent price (link is here, in case you're interested: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/10/din...).

With times being tough and all, this made me think about what kind of dining deals there are out here in San Diego. I've listed a few below, but would love to hear about any others...

1) Morton's Steakhouse
30th Anniversary Menu: 3 course meal for $49.50

2) Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
Irrestible Steak and Stuffed Lobster for $39.95

3) Tapenade
Sunset Menu: 3 course meal for $29.95

4) Arterra
3 Course Prix Fixe Dinner for 2 for $79

Looking forward to your input!

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  1. Lobster Monday at the Marine Room
    $40 for a 3 course dinner, $55 with the wine paring

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    1. re: DiningDiva

      Jacks in La Jolla has half price wine on Wednesdays.

      1. re: DiningDiva

        Thanks for the recommendation. A few friends and I decided to give this a try, and were pretty pleased. We did the wine pairing with the dinner, but were pretty disappointed with the wine (it was unanimous). While I would definitely recommend Lobster Monday to others, I would suggest skipping the wine pairings...

        BTW, the view at the Marine Room is pretty spectacular.

      2. Blue Plate Special at The Better Half

        $15 for three course of some of the best food in SD (every day including weekend from 5-7)


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        1. re: honkman

          Here's the fine print from their website. 18% automatically included on all checks? Still a deal. They're closed Monday, which I discovered when I went to visit. I almost missed the sign that says so. Someone had to point out the fine print :P

          * The Fine Print
          Your selections from The Blue Plate Special menu must reach the kitchen by 7 PM. Automatic 18% gratuity will be added to all checks. Our corkage fee is $5/bottle. We will be unable to accommodate any dietary preferences or restrictions. Please respect our NO SHARING, NO SUBSTITUTIONS and NO SEPARATE CHECKS policy.

        2. I just checked this out on the Sea Rocket Bistro website.
          Sea Rocket Bistro was doing a $20 Prix Fix Menu on their Movie nights.
          it looks like we just missed it since their movie nights were held in November. Maybe some people that tried it can request to bring it back?


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          1. re: epicureous eggplant

            From a post on their blog yesterday, it looks like they are still doing the movie nights:


            1. Wine Vault & Bistro's 5-course tasting menu is offered every Saturday for $25. It's a steal in any economy!

              1. kensington grill does an 'early-bird' prix-fixe for $24.95 pp, between 5 and 6pm

                also - tender greens is $10 all the time, any day. and everything is healthfully prepared and delicious. can't really beat that! and it's not even a special... we had dinner there just the other night. some of the creamiest mashed taters ever.

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                1. re: beachbunnySD

                  after re-reading my post, i do realize that creamy, buttery mashed potatoes aren't exactly healthy! what i was referring to are their proteins. free-range, organic etc. sorry for my initial oxymoron-ic post...

                  1. re: beachbunnySD

                    creamy, buttery mashed potatoes ARE healthy...in small doses!!

                    1. re: italy531

                      depends how much of a "deal" you consider this, but Addison has a $98 4 course prix fixe that came w/ an amuse bouche, palate cleanser, macaroons and salted caramels. Top notch food and service in an absolutely luxurious atmosphere...

                      1. re: daantaat

                        $98 for those 4 items? Or $98 plus those for items? Cause if that's all you get for $98, that palate cleanser better be cocaine.

                        1. re: DougOLis

                          Just spit out coffee, thanks a lot Doug.

                          1. re: DougOLis

                            $98 for 4 course prix fixe PLUS the 4 items I mentioned!!

                            That palate cleanser was better than coke! :-)
                            So were the chanterelle mushrooms with cornbread emulsion (course #2) and artichoke hearts with black olive tempura calamari (course #1). :-)

                            1. re: daantaat

                              I had the same first 2 courses as you daantaat and I thought the chanterelle mushrooms were out of this world. The amuse bouche was a raspberry in a sweet sour sauce and was perfect to get the appetite going. They also served a canape and they had a pre-dessert dessert.

                              Water is free and they have Badoit for sparkling, so we were very, very happy. I had a 04 Schrader CCS as a BYOB.

                              1. re: 4wino

                                Glad you enjoyed the 1st 2 courses too! Several of us had the chanterelles and were moaning and making happy faces at the table!

                                What was your canape?

                                1. re: daantaat

                                  Some puff pastry with cheese. Everything was excellent, I was impressed.

                                  Have not been to Addison in at least 2 years as I thought it was good, not great. But I sure thought that this time they had a homerun. Look forward going back there in a month or so and try the chef's mercy menu.