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"Stimulus Dinner", or other value meals sparked by the economy

Conzina wrote on another thread about a great dinner they had at the Radison Hotel in NE PHilly (outside city limits actually), and I'm curious which other places are featuring special values sparked by the current economic downturn.

Not in the same league, but Acme is advertising something called "4:15?" What it turned out to be was a tease: it's 4:15pm, and you don't know where your dineer is, so they are selling a main course + two sides of your choice for $15. And, I'll bet it appeals.

What else is out there, trying to lure our $$$ with a special promotion?

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  1. yes, and many of these deals are described on the website called uwishunu dot com click on the dining link

    foobooz dot com is another website that lists the current deals click on the link to recession specials

    1. Instead of dining out, once a week we order from DiFabios 9th street Catering in Media. $25 dinner for four includes an entree, salad, vegetable and loaf of bread. It is delicious and a great deal. It's more like dinner for 6. I see lots of working moms there during the week. Only downside is the menu is heavy on pasta, which I prefer to make myself. The florentine chicken is to die for.

      1. The Prime Rib has a Stimulus Menu of 3 courses (including shared sides and a wide selection of mains) for $35. Thank you.

        1. i believe the following restaurants offer discount prix fixe:

          table 31
          caffe casta diva
          le bec fin
          little fish

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          1. re: saturninus

            I believe the Starr restaurants are also offering special deals -- we had a dinner at Tangerine the other day for (I believe) $39 each which included appetizer, entree and dessert. For $15 extra one received two glasses of wine (out of 4 choices -- 2 white & 2 red)

            1. re: Beulah

              Marigold Kitchen has the best deal. $30 for 3 courses for dinner. I went on a Sunday but not sure of the prix fix meal deal is during the week. The food was incredible and the portions were quite healthy. I cannot wait to go back.
              It's also a BYOB!

          2. had a wonderful prixe-fix on sunday night at xochitl. four courses for $35. sundays only. the great part was that you can choose one app, one entree and one dessert from their regular menu, no restrictions. even the specials and the ceviche are available.

            1. Last night Monday, had dinner at Le Bec Fin for the first time in ten years, as just returned to Philadelphia. As it was Monday it was BYO night, and along with the prix fixe at $150, you could order a la carte. We drank very well, and ate an appetizer and main with dessert and the check was $130 before tax and a very generous tip . The meal was wonderful, George was charming, and will return for the same thing soon. Had it been the prix fixe with wine, number would have been closer to $600, tax and tip included.

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              1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                I just saw also that Le Bec/Bar Lyonnais offers a $15.23 express lunch (soup or salad plus a burger) or a three course $35 lunch.

                1. re: rocknroll52

                  Believe you can get both in upstairs restaurant as well. Has dinner this last Monday on BYO night. While there was a prix fixe available at $ 150 PP, ate a la carte, had two and one half courses plus numerous amuses, and pre-tax and tip check was $ 130 for 2, if as normal with prix fixe and wine would have been close to $ 600, made another Monday reservation already. Even Georges was delightful.

              2. Modo Mio's Turista menu is still kicking--4 courses (off the entire menu) for $32 at one of the best restaurants in the city.

                Another great value restaurant I like is Nam Phuong, the Vietnamese restaurant on 11th just south of Washington. I'm convinced it's the best Vietnamese in town, the prices are dirt cheap and it's not a whole in the wall.

                1. Hey, I just an email from Restaurant.com that $25 gift certificates from them are available for $3. Just purchased one for when the SO comes from DC.

                  1. Le Bec Fin now has a $35 three course dinner upstairs on weekdays.

                    1. Palace at the Ben is offering a 9.95 lunch buffet Mon-Fri and 11.95 lunch buffet Sat-Sun (on weekends they serve lamb on the buffet)