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Feb 1, 2011 12:59 PM

February restaurant deals and promos

I wondered if it made sense to start a thread to consolidate all the various limited-time bargains at Boston restaurants, as the snow and the economy seem to be driving so many to offer them. Here are a couple I've noted at places I like, many of which don't often offer such deals:

Vinny's at Night (cited in another thread): half-price entrees, M-Tu, 4:30-10pm, and Su, 2-8p, through President's Day.

B&G Oysters: $1 oysters and beers, M-Tu, 11:30a-4p.

Sel de la Terre (not sure which ones, cited in another thread): $1 oysters from 4pm during snow emergencies; half-price food on Super Bowl Sunday.

Gargoyles (tonight only, though it looks like they're doing pretty regular promos during big snowstorms): 20% off entrees, $5 cocktail specials, a $10 spiked hot chocolate flight.

Tremont 647: $2 Taco Tuesdays. A recurring event, still a tasty deal.

Clio: tonight only, free duck confit banh mi for bar customers who buy a drink.

Franklin Cafe (South End): tonight only, $3 bar snacks all night.

Franklin Southie: tonight only, $1 oysters.

Uni: Sake Bomb Tuesdays, 4 course prix fixe and a sake bomb, $35 (recurring).

Myers + Chang: tonight only, half-off all food (please tip on full price), eat-in only.

L'Espalier: tonight only, $1 oysters.

Prezza: tonight only, buy a glass of Brancia Barolo, get a complimentary half-order of gnocchi a la Bolognese. Wednesdays, recurring, $6 spaghetti and meatballs at the bar.

Craigie on Main: tonight only, free amuse bouche and hot chocolate.

Support your local favorites!

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  1. Wow, the B&G Oysters deal is fantastic... Normally they go for $2.75 a pop. Do you know how many weeks that deal lasts?

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    1. re: Mike5966

      As reported in The Feast Boston, it just says "Mondays and Tuesdays", though I imagine that will be a limited-time offer. It is an excellent deal for that joint.

      1. re: MC Slim JB

        Anyone tried to get a $1 beer? How do they get around MA's no-happy-hour law?

        1. re: emannths

          The answer is: They won't be able to get around it. That part of the deal will be gone by tomorrow.

          1. re: purple bot

            Legally they are required to keep the price the same for a week. You can always "ask" if they will honor the law.

            1. re: LStaff

              Perhaps they will, but supposedly the special is for Monday & Tuesday only.

              1. re: purple bot

                And only until 4, which is also verboten I think.

                I'm of course not complaining--I'm just curious if B&G has found a chink in the armor, or if they're just hoping no one notices/cares.

    2. This is a great idea. Too bad Chowhound doesn't have an always-updated bulletin board of deals in various cities.

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      1. re: hiddenboston

        you might want to check out

        for local foodie news/reviews/deals

      2. Hoping to hit up Gargoyles tonight. I am in need of a good cocktail.

        1. VeeVee is starting a "'Hood of the Month" deal, starting February with Somerville--all somerville residents get 25% off.

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          1. re: pierce

            Somerville to JP is like the other end of the earth.

            1. re: ponyboy

              That was my thought exactly. It's a real schlepp to get over there. Plus, I ate at VeeVee the other night and didn't care for it. The chef seems to have a sweet tooth ... all our entrees (from the pollack to the chicken to the trout to the steak) had a slightly sweet edge to them. Like the chef had discovered a bottle of balsamic and decided to put a reduction in every dish. Not a place I'd return to anytime soon. But that could just be me.

              1. re: yumyum

                we've been a number of times over the years -- probably 4 or 5 -- and had always had a very positive experience, esp. with the fish & vegetables. however, our last meal, a month or two ago, was decidedly lackluster. the place wasn't particularly slammed, and nothing else obvious seemed to stick out. i'm not sure if they switched chefs or what, but i certainly hope our last experience, plus your report, are not indicative of a trend. our previous experiences had all been very good.

                1. re: autopi

                  A friend who works there had told me about some staffing issues they had (in the kitchen) around late fall/early winter. Hopefully that was it. I hate to see small neighborhood places falter.

                2. re: yumyum

                  Some of the fond earlier memories of Vee Vee's food may have been associated with longtime chef Seth Morrison, who left to helm the kitchen at The Gallows when it opened. I have enjoyed it, but it has been a while since I've been back.


                  Vee Vee
                  763 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

                1. re: C. Hamster

                  I actually like it. I used to live in Cambridge (Kendall area) and now am in JP, and in both cases it was hard to motivate to leave my neighborhood. Especially since I don't have a car.

                  But when I did I often found it was well worth the effort. So good for VeeVee for trying to get people out of their comfort zones. The Boston area isn't that big and I think it is a shame when people almost never leave their neighborhoods to try something new.

                  1. re: Canadian Tuxedo

                    I would be pissed off if I found out they were giving 25% off to the table next to me arbitrarily just because of where they lived. But that's just my first reaction. I havent really thought about it.

                    I love JP and lived there for years, before most of the good places sprang up. Lucky you!

                    1. re: C. Hamster

                      That is a good point. Plus there is the whole issue of proving residency...but I suppose that is VeeVee's problem. I'll still go regardless because I enjoy the food.

                      1. re: Canadian Tuxedo

                        Its on my list. Just tried Bon Savor for the forst time last weekend.

                        Bon Savor
                        605 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

              2. This whole thread shows just how tough this winter has been for restaurants, I guess. I hadn't really considered it, but in fact now that I think about it, I haven't really been going out lately. I'm sure I'm not the only one. Yikes! Well, looks like there are plenty of great deals to take advantage of.