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Looking for Hartford area restaurant specials

cmax123 May 22, 2009 04:48 PM

With restaurants hurting due to the recession, I've heard that area restaurants are trying to bring customers in with specials. The Hartford Courant discussed a Wednesday night special, 2 for the price of one pasta at Sauce in Glastonbury. Does anyone know of any other great deals?

  1. masha bousha Jun 3, 2009 04:24 AM

    I've got a great one for you. Oporto on Park Street in Hartford (just over the West Hartford line). They have a killer fixed price menu which on their website (and online menu) says it's "daily" so to me that means it's not exclusive to week days.

    $27 for 3 courses or $40 for 3 courses with 3 glasses of wine.
    I just tried it for the first time last night and I'll be writing a separate review on c'hound for it in a moment.

    1. acervoni Jun 2, 2009 08:36 PM

      Bonterra in Southington has a great deal Tuesday through Thursday: 2 entrees and a bottle of wine for $32.95. The entrees offered are full portion and very filling. We've had the Gemelli with sausage and chicken, the panfried tilapia, and the chicken bruscetta. All were wonderful. The cod piccatta was just okay as the batter coating was too soggy. The wines they offer with the special are, of course, on the lower end but the pinot grigio was good as was the malbec.

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        aldente1 May 28, 2009 03:09 PM

        Apricot's in Farmington has a "recession buster" entree every weekday night. There is only one choice each night. and it varies by night. The price, if I recall correctly, is $12.

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        1. re: aldente1
          ratbuddy May 29, 2009 01:34 PM

          I remember seeing something about that... Ahh yes, here it is, http://www.courant.com/entertainment/...

          1. re: aldente1
            eat2win May 30, 2009 11:35 AM

            The recession buster is terrific; the pub menu is also a great bargain every night.

          2. geminigirl May 27, 2009 04:41 PM

            Sauce has other deals as well during the week, check out the link. Although I've only been once when they first opened so I can't vouch for any of these specials...

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              lindy1991 May 26, 2009 01:55 PM

              The "Max" restaurants have been running $24.95 prix-fixe meals that are great deals. Check their web sites.

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                masha bousha May 27, 2009 05:32 AM

                Hmmm. I don't see anything on their website about this. For example the News section is very generic and the dinner menu for say the Oyster bar is from January 2009 with nothing special.

                Am I missing something?

                1. re: masha bousha
                  moskey May 27, 2009 09:00 AM

                  It probably helps to get onto the Max Group mailing list. I get periodic email messages about the $24.95 dinners as well as other interesting offers like the new MaxVantage plan, which allows you to accumulate points toward dining and/or gifts. I can't remember how I got on the list (probably made an online reservation). You can also go to the Max Group site www.maxrestaurantgroup.com , click on any of the locations, and then click on the link to sign up to be on their mailing list. From that point, you can choose to get info on any or all of their restaurants.

                  1. re: masha bousha
                    lindy1991 May 27, 2009 01:30 PM

                    Sorry, looks like they removed the prix-fixe dinner menus from the web sites. They were there so long I didn't check before posting.

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                  rudysmom May 22, 2009 06:28 PM

                  Grant's & Bricco, both in West Hartford Center: this is pasted from billygrant.com

                  MONDAY through SUNDAY - every evening, all evening!
                  “3 for $30″ dinner at Grants
                  3 courses - appetizer, entree & dessert
                  menu includes many exciting new market fresh items from our
                  recently launched NEW MENU and will be changing daily!

                  MONDAY nights at Bricco & Grants!!!
                  50% Discount on bottles of wines ranging in price from $30-$100

                  WEDNESDAY night is BYOB (wine) night at Grants!
                  bring your favorite bottle of wine to enjoy with your dinner
                  WITH NO CORKAGE FEE!!

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