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demigodh Sep 6, 2013 06:52 AM

I think this topic may have been covered before. If so, I apologize. Anyways, what are some of your favorite "steals" at a fancy restaurant? Could be a weekly special where something is half off or just a generous portion of something amazing for not very much money. This occurred to me as a good topic last night when I went to Sushi Robata. For $5.75 you can get a steamed red snapper head (they have grilled too but the steamed is better). Even if you don't like eating the eye, it's a tremendous amount of amazing fish for very cheap. You could get that and a bowl of rice and have a very satisfying meal.

Any others?

  1. air Sep 10, 2013 12:48 PM

    Niku tofu is another really filling dish at Sushi Robata that isn't pricy.

    Tei An: bowl of miso ramen

    FT33/Lucia/Boulevardier: salumi/charcuterie boards

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    1. re: air
      gavlist Sep 10, 2013 03:33 PM

      and the $1 foie gras stuffed prune at Lucia!

      1. re: gavlist
        masnole Sep 10, 2013 06:41 PM

        OMG! That is amazing actually. Wonder how they'd react if you sat at the bar and ordered a dozen?

        1. re: masnole
          gavlist Sep 10, 2013 08:59 PM

          I'd be impressed if you could do that... and resist everything else on the menu.

      2. re: air
        masnole Sep 10, 2013 06:42 PM

        Miso Ramen eh? TeiAn is downstairs from my office....I should go do that tomorrow.


        1. re: air
          masnole Sep 13, 2013 05:01 PM

          So had the TeiAn Ramen for lunch yesterday. Great Call!


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          foiegras Sep 8, 2013 09:40 AM

          A dish that can be truly outstanding is the lobster mac and cheese at Capital Grill. I don't remember exactly how much, $14-16? But when it's good, I consider it a bargain.

          1. LewisvilleHounder Sep 6, 2013 09:11 AM

            Can you get the snapper head at lunch at Sushi Robata? Is it the full head or half?

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            1. re: LewisvilleHounder
              demigodh Sep 6, 2013 09:18 AM

              It is available at lunch but you have to ask for the dinner menu (where most of the good stuff is anyways). It is half a head, still plenty of meat though. The steamed version comes with a broth, a mushroom and some tofu as well.

            2. twinwillow Sep 6, 2013 08:14 AM

              Interesting topic.

              With your reference to Sushi Robata, I'd be a bit squeamish when it came to eating the eyes but, there are parts of the head I do enjoy such as the cheeks which are some of the tastiest parts of a fish.

              However, that said, I wouldn't want to dine at Sushi Robata and eat like a peasant.

              I'm curious now to hear from others here about their (cheaper) eating experiences at restaurants that are somewhat expensive.

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              1. re: twinwillow
                masnole Sep 8, 2013 08:22 AM

                Perry's Pork Chop special, Friday at lunch.

                1. re: masnole
                  cchavez Sep 26, 2013 09:46 AM

                  Perry's also has that special on Sundays with half priced bottles of wine.

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