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Looking for Hartford area restaurant specials

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?

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  1. 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!!

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

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      1. re: lindy1991

        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

          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

            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.

        2. 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...
          http://www.saucect.com/promotions.html

          1. 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

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

              1. re: aldente1

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

              2. 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.

                1. 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.
                  http://www.oportohartford.com/fixedpr...
                  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.