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February restaurant deals and promos

MC Slim JB Feb 1, 2011 12:59 PM

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. Mike5966 RE: MC Slim JB Feb 1, 2011 01:08 PM

    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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      MC Slim JB RE: Mike5966 Feb 1, 2011 01:32 PM

      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.

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        emannths RE: MC Slim JB Feb 1, 2011 02:48 PM

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

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          purple bot RE: emannths Feb 1, 2011 05:00 PM

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

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            LStaff RE: purple bot Feb 3, 2011 06:50 AM

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

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              purple bot RE: LStaff Feb 3, 2011 07:06 AM

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

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                emannths RE: purple bot Feb 3, 2011 08:25 AM

                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. hiddenboston RE: MC Slim JB Feb 1, 2011 01:36 PM

      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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        bluerib RE: hiddenboston Feb 2, 2011 06:17 AM

        you might want to check out

        www.bostonchefs.com

        for local foodie news/reviews/deals

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        joth68 RE: MC Slim JB Feb 1, 2011 03:01 PM

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

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          pierce RE: MC Slim JB Feb 3, 2011 07:45 AM

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

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            ponyboy RE: pierce Feb 3, 2011 08:14 AM

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

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              yumyum RE: ponyboy Feb 3, 2011 08:26 AM

              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.

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                autopi RE: yumyum Feb 3, 2011 10:02 AM

                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.

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                  purple bot RE: autopi Feb 3, 2011 11:09 AM

                  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.

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                  MC Slim JB RE: yumyum Feb 3, 2011 11:38 AM

                  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.

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                C. Hamster RE: pierce Feb 3, 2011 08:31 AM

                That seems dumb to me, sorry.

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                  Canadian Tuxedo RE: C. Hamster Feb 3, 2011 09:41 AM

                  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.

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                    C. Hamster RE: Canadian Tuxedo Feb 3, 2011 09:47 AM

                    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!

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                      Canadian Tuxedo RE: C. Hamster Feb 3, 2011 11:31 AM

                      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.

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                        C. Hamster RE: Canadian Tuxedo Feb 3, 2011 11:44 AM

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

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                        605 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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                purple bot RE: MC Slim JB Feb 3, 2011 11:41 AM

                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.

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                  cpthandsome RE: MC Slim JB Feb 5, 2011 12:51 PM

                  Free amuse bouche? Aren't they always free? Also I would think twice about paying a $1 for any oyster any time. I've had bad oysters before and I wouldn't wish what happened after on my worst enemy. If I were to ever have them again, I won't be looking to get them on the cheap.

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                    emannths RE: cpthandsome Feb 7, 2011 05:32 AM

                    My assumption is that if they serve oysters for $2 each later that night, they're probably the same oysters. Do restaurants use different oysters for their dollar oysters?

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                      Mike5966 RE: emannths Feb 7, 2011 07:07 AM

                      B&G's oyster deal looks like it's for one variety only according to the sign outside their front door. Chincoteague, VA for today. Maybe they rotate for different days.

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                        postemotional1 RE: emannths Feb 7, 2011 11:37 AM

                        Yes, of course.

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                        C. Hamster RE: cpthandsome Feb 7, 2011 07:10 AM

                        $1 oysters are very common "happy hour" deals.

                        I've eaten way more than my fair share of them.

                        Personally, I think it depends onthe resatirant and not the price. You are probably more likely to get a bad oyster for $$$$ at an establishment that sources or handles the shellfish poorly than you are a $ oyster from B and G or Lineage.

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                          Mike5966 RE: C. Hamster Feb 7, 2011 07:15 AM

                          I completely agree.

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                        pemma RE: MC Slim JB Feb 7, 2011 11:44 AM

                        Bistro 5 in West Medford has been sending out an email during snowstorms offering free soup with a $20 purchase. The soup was great. It was acorn squash with some sort of blue cheese in it (I was surprised this combo worked so well) and some fancy type of almonds.

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                        5 Playstead Road, Medford, MA 02155

                        1. MC Slim JB RE: MC Slim JB Feb 8, 2011 04:53 AM

                          Posto offers a wood-fired pizza for $9.95 and glass of Chianti or Orvieto for $5, every Monday night through the winter except Valentine's Day.

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                          1. tatsu RE: MC Slim JB Feb 8, 2011 05:34 AM

                            A lot of the restaurants I know well report business is down 50% from last January, which is the slowest time of the year already. The snow is really killing everybody.

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                              Tonality666 RE: tatsu Feb 8, 2011 06:10 AM

                              I live around the corner from Highland Kitchen and they have been packed on evenings when I thought the snow would have given neighbors a break from the long waits for a table.

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