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filberk Dec 12, 2008 01:09 AM

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/dining/10note.html?pagewanted=all).

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!

  1. beachbunnySD Jan 6, 2009 02:03 PM

    bleu boheme does a $22 prix fixe before 6pm

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    1. re: beachbunnySD
      italy531 Oct 8, 2009 06:45 PM

      Any new deals?

      1. re: italy531
        daantaat Oct 8, 2009 08:28 PM

        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
          DougOLis Oct 9, 2009 09:23 AM

          $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
            stevuchan Oct 9, 2009 10:02 AM

            Just spit out coffee, thanks a lot Doug.

            1. re: DougOLis
              daantaat Oct 9, 2009 05:10 PM

              $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
                4wino Oct 11, 2009 12:54 PM

                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
                  daantaat Oct 11, 2009 05:55 PM

                  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
                    4wino Oct 11, 2009 06:19 PM

                    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.

      2. beachbunnySD Dec 15, 2008 03:57 PM

        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
          beachbunnySD Dec 16, 2008 07:25 AM

          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
            daantaat Jan 6, 2009 07:26 PM

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

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          mimosa Dec 12, 2008 04:24 PM

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

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            DougOLis Dec 12, 2008 02:14 PM

            Cavaillon's $32 prix fixe on Monday-Thursday

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              epicureous eggplant Dec 12, 2008 01:08 PM

              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
                menuinprogress Dec 16, 2008 02:24 PM

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


              2. honkman Dec 12, 2008 08:14 AM

                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
                  epicureous eggplant Dec 16, 2008 08:24 AM

                  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. DiningDiva Dec 12, 2008 07:04 AM

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

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                  1. re: DiningDiva
                    stevuchan Dec 12, 2008 07:13 AM

                    Jacks in La Jolla has half price wine on Wednesdays.

                    1. re: DiningDiva
                      filberk Jan 6, 2009 11:56 AM

                      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.

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