Food Freebies & Deals: September 9 – 16, 2011

September 9, 2011 by  
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Albuquerque restaurant deals at Standard Diner, PF Chang’s, Taco Cabana, Denny’s free cheese quesadilla, Schlotzky’s free guacamole, and more…

PF Chang’s 20% Off Online Orders using the promo code: FOOTBALL until September 12. They announced the code on their Facebook page, but you don’t need to be a Facebook member to use the PF Chang’s promo code!

Denny’s Free Cheese Quesadilla Send an e-card (via the link) to a friend about Denny’s new “Let’s Get Cheesy” menu and you both get a coupon for a free cheese quesadilla. (My fave!)

Mimi’s Cafe Free Family Meal Add On of your choice, valued up to $5 with the coupon and a minimum $24.99 Family Meals To-Go purchase through September 13.

Mimi’s Cafe Free Kids Meal with adult entree purchase, using the coupon on any Friday in September 2011.  The offer excludes the Tour de Provence menu, but it can be used for up to four kids per table, with the corresponding number of adult entree purchases.

Learn about Chile from the Experts at El Pinto on Sunday September 11 from 3 – 5 pm. They’re talking about how to roast, peel, and preserve chile, including fiery foods expert Dave DeWitt. El Pinto is also roasting Hatch green chile daily from 4 -8 pm, priced $24 for a full bag.  El Pinto is located at 10500 4th Street NW.

Schlotzsky’s Free Guacamole on September 16. It’s National Guacamole Day (holy guacamole!) on Friday September 16, and Schlotzsky’s will add a free guacamole to any sandwich meal, and give a coupon for Wholly Guacamole, while supplies last.

Standard Diner Half Price Wine on Mondays. Get 50% off bottles of wine only on Mondays. It’s been a couple of months since I’ve eaten at Standard Diner, and this is a good incentive to get down there on a Monday to catch the wine special!

Four Quiznos Coupons to celebrate Quiznos’ 30th Anniversary when you sign up for the (free) Quiznos email club QClub (via My Savings). Quiznos offers a limited quantity of these coupons, once a certain amount have been printed out, they remove them from the web. So if you’re interested, print sooner rather than later!

PF Chang’s Wine Deal Get a third off a bottle of wine all day on Mondays and Tuesdays in September 2011. That’s a third off any bottle of wine!

Half Off O’Keeffe Cafe in Santa Fe. Pay $25 for $50 worth of dining at the restaurant next to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Certificate expires December 19, 2011, and is available to purchase via Groupon through Sunday September 11.

Taco Cabana Create Your Own Platter $5.99 Choose two entrees, two sides, and the platter comes complete with either a bowl of chips or flour tortillas, PLUS a drink, all for $5.99.

Free Chili’s Appetizer when you join Chili’s email club. They send offers to email subscribers, and when you sign up (via MySavings) you can print out a coupon for a free Skillet Queso & Chips with the purchase of an entree.

Panda Express Free Entree item with the purchase of a two or three entree plate. Last chance to use the coupon by September 10, at participating locations.

Sonic Half Price Drinks daily from 2- 4 pm.  The half price deal is good on Slushes (except CreamSlush Treats), soft drinks like Coke, Sprite, and Dr Pepper, ice teas, and limeades, but isn’t valid with combos and Wacky Pack meals.

80% off Restaurant.com already discounted dining certificates when you enter the promo code SAVE at checkout through September 14.  Restaurant.com certificates are already discounted, so prices with the extra 80% off promo code:

Dinner in the Field Fundraiser for Rio Grande Community Farm (hosts of the Maize Maze) on September 25, 2011 from 5-8 pm. It’s $100 a ticket, but that includes cooking by chefs from Savoy Bar & Grill, Zinc Wine Bar and Bistro, Lucia at Hotel Andaluz, and wine by Casa Rondeña Winery, plus live music by Little Mama and the Burque Boys-Jazz Quartet. Yes, it’s still 100 smackeroonies, but it’s a fundraiser, and the outdoor dinner is partially tax deductible.

Village Inn Coupon to get $5 off when you purchase two adult entrees and two beverages. Or use it for $2.50 off one adult entree and one drink. You can also get $2 off a whole pie with the coupon. Both valid to September 16, 2011.

Denny’s 20% Off Coupon to get 20% off the entire check, excluding alcohol. It’s one coupon per visit, and this is part of a promotion for Denny’s new Let’s Get Cheesy menu, including Cheese Sizzlin’ Skillet and Mac ‘n’ Cheese. I’m not totally sure if it’s only valid on the Let’s Get Cheesy menu – the terms don’t give that restriction, but check with your server before ordering. Use it by September 17, 2011.

Einstein Bros Bagels Free Pumpkin Muffin when you buy any coffee drink, using the coupon to September 14. I’ve given you a direct link to the coupon, but you can also find it on the Einstein Bros Bagels Facebook page. One per person at participating locations.

Einstein Bros. Bagels free Darn Good Coffee with any purchase when you enter their Facebook motto contest through September 11. This requires Liking the Einstein Bros. Bagels FB page, and entering the contest. Everyone entering receives a coupon for a free coffee with purchase, and winners receive free bagels and coffee for a year, and the motto is featured on employee’s uniforms. I’d want more than free bagels in exchange for a corporate motto, but your mileage may vary. Be warned: You have to use a Facebook app to enter, which I’m reluctant to do, but your mileage may vary there too.

Carl’s Jr Coupons to use at participating restaurants, see the coupons for details:

Jack in the Box Free Mini Dessert with the purchase of a $3.99 Chicken Sandwich Combo, and free small drink with a breakfast platter, both using the coupons to September 20, 2011. (Click on Get Coupon on the relevant ads at the link.)

Auntie Anne’s free Signature Pretzel when you buy any Pretzel Nuggets through September, using the coupon.

Godiva Buy 3 Chocolates Get 1 Free on chocolate pieces in the chocolate case at Godiva Boutique in the Coronado Center to September 28, 2011.

Chimayo Bed & Breakfast Deal More than half off Casa Escondida Bed & Breakfast at $138 for a two-night stay for two. I stayed here a few years ago and the breakfast was fantastic. (The place was lovely too.) Stays are valid through March 31, 2012, in the Casa Escondida $138 for two nights deal via Groupon, and the certificate is available to purchase through Sunday September 11.

New Mexico State Fair Food Promotions Check out the State Fair events and food freebie tastings in our earlier post.

NOTE: Not all locations may be participating in all offers – call ahead if you want to be sure

Thanks to Teresa at Miami on the Cheap for tipping us off to the free Denny’s cheese quesadilla and Julie at Kansas City on the Cheap for the PF Chang’s coupon code!

–Tania  FYI – I’ve given you my Groupon and My Savings affiliate links to take you direct to those specific deals. If you’re interested in those deals, please use the links to send a little love this way and help support ABQ on the Cheap (it doesn’t cost you anything). Thanks!


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Food Freebies & Deals: September 2 – 9, 2011

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Albuquerque restaurant discounts, free food, and coupons for Labor Day and beyond… including Chick-fil-A, Panda Express, PF Chang’s, Buca di Beppo, Marble Brewery, a kids’ party package, save on wine, and more…

Whole Foods Market Organic Ground Beef Sale $2 off at $4.99 a pound on Friday September 2, only. Usually priced $6.99 a pound, this is 100% grass-fed organic 85% lean ground beef. Just in time for Labor Day BBQ hamburgers!

Buca Di Beppo $10 Off Coupons for Labor Day Weekend. Get $10 off a $20 dine-in purchase, or $10 off a $30 Buca To Go order. Both good to September 5.  

Free Chick-fil-A Breakfast during the week of September 6-10, 2011. Sign up at the link to reserve your free breakfast entree for the date and time of your choice. Options include Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuit; Bacon, Egg, and Cheese biscuit; chicken or sausage breakfast burritos; a bagel stuffed with chicken, egg, and cheese, and several other free breakfast choices. Quantities are limited, but there are still free Chick-fil-A breakfasts available at both Albuquerque Chick-fil-A locations (Paseo del Norte and Cottonwood).

PF Chang’s 20% Off Online Orders using the promo code: KICKOFF until September 5. They announced the code on their Facebook page, but you don’t need to be a Facebook member to use the promo code!

PF Chang’s Wine Deal Get a third off a bottle of wine all day on Mondays and Tuesdays in September 2011. That’s a third off any bottle of wine! As the cost of vino is always a large part of the check when I dine out with Mr Cheap (because Darling, I hardly eat a thing) I think I’ll be timing a trip there for the wine offer nights!

Half Off Funtastic Jumps Party Package for kids. If you’re planning a child’s birthday party within the next year, this package could be a solution – at a 50% saving. The four-hour party package (buy through September 3) includes a bounce house, a popcorn maker, snow cone maker, or cotton-candy maker and all the supplies for up to 25 guests, plus two tables and 20 chairs, delivered and set up at your home, school, or wherever you want to inflict enjoy the party. The Funtastic Jumps Party Package is $98 with a regular bounce house or $138 with a large bounce house, available through Saturday September 3 via Groupon Albuquerque, and valid to redeem for one year.

Boston Market 25% Off Labor Day coupon for 25% off any family meal on Monday September 5 only, at participating Boston Market Restaurants.

TGI Friday’s 15% Off your table’s food purchase, with the coupon through September 7. It’s good on the entire table’s order, but only on food and only for dine-in. You can use it multiple times, but check the TGI Friday’s coupon fine print for exclusions on promotional menu items. It’s for participating TGI Friday’s, and as I haven’t had chance to call the Albuquerque TGI Friday’s to check if they’re taking it, phone ahead if you want to be sure.

Panda Express Free Entree item with the purchase of a two or three entree plate, using the coupon until September 10, at participating locations.

Denny’s 20% Off Coupon to get 20% off the entire check, excluding alcohol. It’s one coupon per visit, and this is part of a promotion for Denny’s new Let’s Get Cheesy menu, including Cheese Sizzlin’ Skillet and Mac ‘n’ Cheese. I’m not totally sure if it’s only valid on the Let’s Get Cheesy menu – the terms don’t give that restriction, but check with your server before ordering. Use it by September 17, 2011.

$25 for $75 Worth of Wine Pick $75 worth of wine online for $25 in a deal available today September 2, only. The offer via Groupon can also be used for shipping, although if you order a case of wine, shipping is only 1 cent.  Buy the $25 for $75 of Wine certificate today, redeem it by March 4, 2012.

Einstein Bros Bagels Free Pumpkin Muffin when you buy any coffee drink, using the coupon to September 14. I’ve given you a direct link to the coupon, but you can also find it on the Einstein Bros Bagels Facebook page. One per person at participating locations.

Cold Stone Creamery Buy One Get One Free Creation with the coupon to September 8. Scroll way down at the link to find the BOGO coupon, (and yes I know they mention the Cold Stone Creamery Ice Cream Social too, but that’s not till September 27 and I’ll remind you about it nearer the time). The BOGO deal is valid for Small, Regular, and Large sizes, in a cup with up to 4 mix-ins,and it’s one per customer, per visit. (So you can use it several times on different occasions!)

Four Quiznos Coupons to celebrate Quiznos’ 30th Anniversary when you sign up for the (free) Quiznos email club QClub (via My Savings). Quiznos offers a limited quantity of these coupons, once a certain amount have been printed out, they remove them from the web. So if you’re interested, print sooner rather than later!

KFC $10 for 10 Piece Bucket with the Labor Day coupon valid only on September 3 – 5.  The link goes to a PDF, and you can use it at the participating Albuquerque KFC locations (and others in NM)  listed on the KFC coupon!

Septemberfest at Marble Brewery on September 10 offers unlimited sampling from 17 New Mexico breweries, live music, and the $20 ticket also gets you a pint of beer, and a souvenir glass. Buy tickets in advance at Marble Brewery and they’ll stand you a free pint at time of purchase too!

Village Inn Coupon to get $5 off when you purchase two adult entrees and two beverages. Or use it for $2.50 off one adult entree and one drink. You can also get $2 off a whole pie with the coupon. Both valid to September 16, 2011.

Annual Fundraising Harvest Dinner Early Bird tickets for the Rio Grande Agricultural Land Trust fundraiser are on sale to September 4. Granted it’s not cheap – $90 for one ticket or $160 for two, if you buy tix by September 4 for the multi-course dinner on September 18 at Los Poblanos Inn and Cultural Center. BUT it includes a cocktail reception and live music, dinner by chefs from several fine restaurants (Savoy Bar & Grill, Seasons Rotisserie & Grill, Los Poblanos, Zinc Bistro) and hey, it’s a fundraiser! After September 4, ticket prices are $100 for one/$175 for two.

Seasons Elk Cove Wine Tasting on September 10 at 3 pm. Seasons Rotisserie & Grill gives you the chance to taste Oregon’s Elk Cove wines and compare them against similar Old World wines. Throw in tapas pairings and it’s $30 plus tax and tip. Book the wine tasting online – 35 spaces remain at time of writing.

Free Chili’s Appetizer when you join Chili’s email club. They send offers to email subscribers, and when you sign up (via MySavings) you can print out a coupon for a free Skillet Queso & Chips with the purchase of an entree.

Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse launches its VIP Bar and Cigar Patio with a grand opening on September 8 at 6 pm. Admission is $25 for the opening, with wine, beer, and bourbon tastings, a Montes Cigar show, a chance to meet the artist Gabe Ballantine, and maybe win a print.

Hotel Andaluz Ibiza Bar Happy Hour Sangria Happy Hour runs Mondays to Fridays from 5-8 pm at the rooftop Ibiza bar. White Wine Sangria is $3.95 a glass ($15 a pitcher) and chill-sounding Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita is $3.95 too.

Carl’s Jr Coupons to use at participating restaurants, see the coupons for details:

Jack in the Box Free Mini Dessert with the purchase of a $3.99 Chicken Sandwich Combo, and free small drink with a breakfast platter, both using the coupons to September 20, 2011. (Click on Get Coupon on the relevant ads at the link.)

Auntie Anne’s free Signature Pretzel when you buy any Pretzel Nuggets through September, using the coupon.

Starbucks Treat Receipt $2 drink to September 5. Last chance on this one! Customers who get their fix with a Starbucks purchase in the morning (on any day) can mosey on back the same day after 2 pm with their receipt to get a Grande sized cold drink for $2, plus tax, at participating locations

NOTE: Not all locations may be participating in all offers – call ahead if you want to be sure

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday weekend!

Thanks to Teresa at Miami on the Cheap for pointing out the PF Chang’s promo code!

–Tania  FYI – I’ve given you my Groupon and My Savings affiliate links to take you direct to those specific deals. If you’re interested in those deals, please use the links to send a little love this way and help support ABQ on the Cheap (it doesn’t cost you anything). Thanks!

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Food Freebies & Deals: November 12-19, 2010

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Albuquerque restaurant deals this week include free tacos, free coffee, and specials from El Pinto, Say it With Cake, KFC, Denny’s, and more. There’s even a single day shrimp sale special, which is better written than said out loud.  

Whole Foods Half Price Shrimp Today only, Friday November 12. Medium size cooked shrimp is $5.99 a pound in today’s shrimp sale (why does ‘today’s shrimp sale’ make me laugh?). Shrimp is usually $11.99 a pound so that’s $6 off and you can buy it thawed or frozen. Time to stock up the freezer?  Everyone else will probably be doing that so there’s a limit of 10 pounds per customer. Sale is at both the Albuquerque Whole Foods Market (Indian Plaza at 2103 Carlisle Blvd. NE & Academy store at 5815 Wyoming Blvd NE).

Two Free Tacos from Jack in the Box on Tuesday November 16 after 2 pm. No purchase needed and one freebie per person while supplies last at participating locations. Remember – the tacos giveaway is from 2 pm onwards!

Burger King Free Coffee Fridays During breakfast hours every Friday to the end of November. NO purchase necessary to get a free 12 oz cup of Seattle’s Best Coffee at Burger King!

KFC Free Side and Drink with the coupon when you buy a Doublicious sandwich till November 14. Limit one per person.

Say It With Cake $15 Off Get a $30 voucher for $15 to spend on custom cake, pie, or cupcakes (only exclusion is wedding cakes. The voucher via Albuquerque Living Social is available for purchase till Sunday November 14, and it’s valid till May 15, 2011. (If the link requests your email address in order to see the deal and you don’t want to give it, bypass it by scrolling down to Terms and Conditions at the bottom, click that, then click Today’s Deal on the next page!)

El Pinto BOGO Free for Veterans Active military and veterans with ID get a free entree at El Pinto with the purchase of another till Thursday November 18.

Golden Corral Military Appreciation Monday Veterans and active duty military members dine free on November 15  from 5 – 9 pm. There are 3 Golden Corral restaurants in the Albuquerque area; all are participating.

Pizza Hut Deal 2 medium pizzas with up to 3 toppings, for $6 each. This is a limited time offer till November 20, and according to Pizza Hut on Twitter it’s good on dine in, carry out, or delivery. You have to buy TWO pizzas to get the $6 price – a nice idea for date night?

50% off Lumpy’s Burgers Pay $12 for $24 worth of restaurant certificates (2 x $12 certificates) valid at the 5240 Central SW location until March 31, 2011. Use the CityDeals certificates just like cash, see the deal info for other details. They’re mailed next business day, shipping is 99 cents, and the limit is 4 certificates per household (2 to use as gifts).

Denny’s Free $5 Gift Card with a $25 gift card purchase. If you buy the Denny’s gift card card online there’s a $1.95 shipping and handling charge, so do yourself a favor and buy it a Denny’s restaurant to save the bucks!

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen Free $10 Reward Card with the purchase of $50 worth of Pappas Gift Cards between November 15 and 24.  (The free reward card is then valid from December 27 – February 28).

Ben & Jerry’s Coupons for Take-out Pints Last chance for discounts at the Ben & Jerry’s store only with the coupon to November 15. One pint for $4, two for $7, three for $9 and four for $11. Print the flyer and take it in to the Ben & Jerry’s store, at 11225 Montgomery NE.

Free Taco Bell Orange ‘n Creme Swirl Frutista Freeze good for one freebie per person from participating locations. It’s valid until November 25, 2010, or until the 500,000 free drinks are redeemed, whichever comes first.  Note that this means the coupons are redeemed, not just printed out. So after printing you have to claim your free Frutista Freeze fast. Once they’ve run out, a note to that effect will be at the Taco Bell coupon page.

One Up Elevated Lounge Tasty Tuesdays  $1 for four wings and free pool with the purchase of a regular menu item (both from 8pm) plus drinks specials on Tuesdays.

Savoy Bar & Grill Italian Wine Tasting on November 20 at 3 pm. The Italian wines are paired with “small bites” and the wine tasting costs $30 per person, plus tax and tip. Reservations required.

Vivace Annual Opera Dinner on Sunday, December 12, at 6:30 pm. Five courses paired with five wines and accompanied by Albuquerque opera singers for $90 all inclusive. Five courses with wine and entertainment? That’s not such a bad price for opera buffs! This was via email, there’s no info on the Vivace website as yet, so make reservations at (505) 268-5965.

Jinja Bar & Bistro Drink Specials Half price bottles of wine on Saturday night at the Westside location, and daily happy hour with $3 off margaritas,$3 tap beer, and $5 martinis and specialty drinks. All at the Westside Jinja Bar & Bistro location: 5400 Sevilla Avenue.

Kids at free at Quiznos all day every day, with the purchase of an adult entree. Get a free Quiznos Kidz Meal for a child aged 12 and under with the purchase of each entree. The child must be present, but you can have as many freebies as you like, as long as you make the qualifying purchase!

NOTE: Not all locations may be participating in all offers – call ahead if you want to be sure

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Thanks to Teresa at Miami on the Cheap for the Pizza Hut tip!

–Tania FYI: I’ve given you my Living Social and CityDeals affiliate links. If you feel like sending a little love this way to support the ABQ on the Cheap site, please use the links.

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Food Freebies & Deals: Oct 29 – Nov 5, 2010

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Albuquerque restaurant Halloween treats without tricks, including kids eat free, BOGO half price at El Pinto, deals at Denny’s, Jinja Bar & Bistro, Pacific Rim Asian Bistro, Ben & Jerry’s, Waffle House, and more for the week ahead…

Free IHOP Scary Face Pancake for kids today, Friday October 29. It’s one free pancake per child aged 12 and under, on dine in only, at participating locations between 7 am and 10 pm.

Whole Foods Market Apple Sale Today Friday October 29.  Organic honeycrisp apples are $1.49 a pound (usually $2.99), so that makes bobbing for apples or caramel apples (we call them toffee apples in my native country) a little easier on the pocket.

TGI Friday’s Halloween freebies when you go in Halloween costume:

  • Friday October 29 and Saturday October 30: Turn up in costume and get a free appetizer of fried mozzarrella, pot stickers, or crispy green bean fries.
  • Sunday October 31: Kids in costume eat free from the children’s menu, when accompanied by a paying adult. Each freebie for a kid requires one paid adult entree.

Boston Market Free Kids Meal to October 31 with any adult meal purchase when you use the coupon at the link. Other Boston Market Coupons are $1 off any individual plate, $2 off a $10 purchase, $4 off any $20 purchase (all expiring November 27) and $5 off a $20 Order Express purchase online (to November 9).

El Pinto Brunch Buy One Get One Half Price on Sunday October 31.  Get any second brunch item at half price when you print out the El Pinto email and take it with you, valid from 10:30 am to 2 pm this Sunday only.

Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes Kids Eat Free when they visit in costume on October 30 and 31. Freebie is good for children aged 12 and under, with one kid freebie per purchase of an adult meal.

Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes Coupons include Buy One Breakfast Get One Free on Sunday from 9-11 am on dine in only (to November 7) and $6.99 lunch or $7.99 dinner (both valid for up to 4 adults to November 4).

Kids Eat Free at Chili’s Grill & Bar on Sunday October 31 from 3 pm to close with the coupon and purchase of an entree.

Free Denny’s Cheese Quesadilla with the coupon and a $2.50 entree purchase, till October 31. The tiny print says one coupon per check per visit, at participating restaurants.

World Market BOGO Free Italian Sodas Today October 29 only. Regular price is $2.49 each and flavors include Blood Orange (excellent for Halloween!). Plus other  Halloween treat discounts – see the flyer at the link.

Mimi’s Cafe Coupons only valid on these days:

Free Fastino’s Carne Adovada Sandwich when you mention the promo code CA10 while ordering. Last chance for the free Carne Adovada offer – it ends October 30.

25% off Theobroma Chocolate Strawberries It’s a little indulgent for trick or treaters, but we’re in the last few days to get choc dipped strawbs for $15 a pound with the coupon instead of  the usual $20, to October 31. But we think they’re closed on Sunday so that really means October 30. (Ignore the coupon’s expiry date of May 2010, we’ve confirmed with Theobroma Chocolatier and the 25% off coupon is definitely valid to October 31, 2010. )

Half Off Pacific Rim Asian Bistro Get $20 for $40 worth of food and drink with the half price certificate available through Sunday from Living Social Albuquerque, then use by May 1, 2011, one per table per visit.

Free Waffle at Waffle House with the coupon expiring November 1, 2010. Only one waffle per customer per visit.

Free Taco Bell Orange ‘n Creme Swirl Frutista Freeze good for one freebie per person from participating locations. It’s valid until November 25, 2010, or until the 500,000 free drinks are redeemed, whichever comes first.  Note that this means the coupons are redeemed, not just printed out. So after printing you have to claim your free Frutista Freeze fast. Once they’ve run out, a note to that effect will be at the Taco Bell coupon page.

$1 off Jack in the Box Pastrami Grilled Sandwich with the coupon. It’s one coupon per guest, per visit, at participating locations, till November 8.

Half Off O’Keeffe Café in Santa Fe Get $25 for $50 of food at the restaurant (it’s right next door to the O’Keeffe Museum.) The offer is available till Sunday night, then the half price Groupon expires March 1, 2011. You can buy 2 for yourself, plus 1 as a gift. Use 1 per table, or 2 for a table of 6 or more diners.

Ben & Jerry’s Take-out Pints get cheaper the more you buy at the Ben & Jerry’s store only. One pint for $4, two for $7, three for $9 and four for $11. You need to print the flyer and take it in to the Ben & Jerry’s store, at 11225 Montgomery NE. Coupon expires November 15.

Nob Hill Bar & Grill Happy Hour Happy 25% off appetizers, half price spirits, $1 off draft beers on Tuesday through Saturday between 4 and 7 pm.

Jinja Bar & Bistro Drink Specials Half price bottles of wine on Saturday night at the Westside location, and daily happy hour with $3 off margaritas,$3 tap beer, and $5 martinis and specialty drinks. All at the Westside Jinja Bar & Bistro location: 5400 Sevilla Avenue.

Seasons Tour of Spain Wine Tasting October 30 Seasons Rotisserie & Grill rolls out the winter warmer Spanish wines (mainly reds) with tapas pairings for $30 plus tax and tip. Book the wine tasting online – it’s at 3 pm and 23 spaces remain at time of posting.

NOTE: Not all locations may be participating in all offers – call ahead if you want to be sure.

–Tania.  FYI I’ve given you my Groupon and Living Social affiliate links for those 2 deals. If you feel like sending a little love this way to support the ABQ on the Cheap site, please use the links.

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Food Freebies & Deals: October 8-15, 2010

October 8, 2010 by  
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Albuquerque restaurant deals include TGI Friday’s, Starbucks, free slice of pizza, free waffle, free kid’s meal, wine and chocolate event, deals at Sonic, Denny’s, Los Equipales, and more…

$5 off TGI Friday’s Coupon Good for $5 off a $15 food purchase, but this is the last chance – it’s valid on dine-in to October 9. The Albuquerque TGI Friday’s is confirmed as a participating restaurant.

Starbucks Free Coffee Samples Get a free sample of Starbuck’s new line of VIA Flavored Coffees – it’s Mocha flavor on Friday October 8, and Cinnamon Spice on Saturday October 9. Plus if you buy one of the new flavors by October 9, they’ll whip you up a free tall beverage of your choice.

Free Slice of Pizza at Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen on October 12. You have to ‘like’ them on Facebook to access the free slice of pizza coupon, so this one is only for Facebook members. There’s also a coupon for a free side of spaghetti under the Fan Exclusives tab – that one is good till October 31.

Kids at free at Quiznos all day every day for a limited time, with the purchase of an adult entree. Get a free Quiznos Kidz Meal for a child aged 12 and under with the purchase of each entree. The child must be present, but you can have as many freebies as you like, as long as you make the qualifying purchase!

Free Waffle at Waffle House with the coupon expiring November 1, 2010. Only one waffle per customer per visit. What do they think we ARE? (Indignant voice). Greedy? For waffles? Oh no, one waffle is quite enough. Snort. But hey, it’s a free waffle. I heart Waffle House waffles.

60% off Lumpy’s Burgers Pay $9.60 for $24 worth of restaurant certificates (2 x $12 certificates) valid at the 5240 Central SW location in Albuquerque until March 31, 2011. Use the CityDeals certificates just like cash, see the deal info for other details. They’re mailed next business day, shipping is 99 cents, and the limit is 4 certificates per household (2 to use as gifts).

$1 off Jack in the Box Pastrami Grilled Sandwich with the coupon. It’s one coupon per guest, per visit, at participating locations, till November 8.

Slate Street Cafe Wine and Chocolate Event on October 20 at 7 pm. Five courses of wine and chocolate pairings for $39 (tax and tip extra.) Reservations required. Although I have absolutely no reservations about a wine and chocolate feast!

50% off Shanghai Garden via Good Day New Mexico’s Half Price Thursday. Buy $50 worth of dining certificates for $25, and use by April 30, 2011 at Shanghai Garden on Coors. (Shipping cost is $3.75, check the deal details for how you may use the certificates.) Quantities are limited!

Sonic Wacky Pack Wednesdays – Wacky Packs for only $1.49 every Wednesday night from 5 – 8 pm. See our earlier post for the Word on Wacky Packs!

Sonic Half Price CreamSlush Treats Last gasp of slushy ice cream summer half price in this limited time deal. . . all day at participating Sonic Drive-in locations, and no coupon is  needed.

20% off for AARP members at Denny’s Restaurants every day from 4 – 10 pm. Plus $1 Denny’s coffee for themselves and their guests all day long.

80% off Restaurant.com already discounted restaurant certificates when you enter the promo code ENJOY at checkout till October 12. (The extra 80% discount doesn’t show till you’ve entered the code ENJOY).

Half price wine at Los Equipales Restaurant – get 50% off bottles of wine on Tuesdays and Wednesday Nights.

Taste of New Mexico festival on Friday and Saturday October 8 – 9 offers cheap chow from ABQ restaurants with tickets for food tastes at $12 for 10, or $20 for 25. Plus free admission for the festival’s live entertainment. All the deets at our earlier Taste of New Mexico post.

Note: Not all locations may be participating in all offers – call ahead if you want to be sure.

Thanks for a couple of tips from Jennifer at Cities on the Cheap and Teresa at Miami on the Cheap.

–Tania. I’ve given you my Restaurant.com and CityDeals affiliate links. If you feel like sending a little love this way to support the ABQ on the Cheap site, please use the links.

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Food Freebies & Deals: July 9-16, 2010

July 9, 2010 by  
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Albuquerque restaurant deals this week – it’s freebie city! Free Panda Express Thai entree with NO purchase needed, free burger combo,  free Chick-fil-A, free Slurpee, free Krispy Kreme (for some), plus Starbucks $2 drink, free Waffle House pie, 50% off for military, police, firefighters, 80% off Sophia’s Place… read the deals fast, some expire TODAY!

Free Lotaburger Combo TODAY Friday July 9 from 10 am to 4 pm (in case you missed our Wednesday Lotaburger post!). Free burger, fries, and drink combo ONLY at this location: Blake’s Lotaburger, 2529 Washington St. NE.

Free Chick-fil-A meal TODAY Friday July 9 for Cow Appreciation Day at all locations all day if you go fully dressed as a cow! If you come partially dressed as a cow, such as a cow spotted hat or bandana, you’ll get some kind of free entree item/sandwich. If you didn’t see our post on this last week, then it’s cutting it fine to grab the starter kit and details for Cow Appreciation Day, but you can make some effort at the partial cow kit, can’t you? Albuquerque locations are Chick-fil-A Paseo del Norte and Chick-fil-A Cottonwood Corners.

Free Slurpee at 7-Eleven on Sunday July 11 at participating stores. Apparently it’s 7-Eleven Day 2010 – another birthday party!

Free Panda Express on July 14 with no purchase needed!? Get a free entree of Thai Cashew Chicken Breast only on July 14 with this Thai Cashew Chicken coupon.

Free Krispy Kreme Doughnuts on July 13? Maybe… for some of you! We’ll try to keep you posted but the scoop so far is that they’re opening their new ABQ Krispy Kreme location on July 13 at Wyoming Mall on Wyoming & Menaul with promises of free doughnuts for a year if you’re one of the first in line at 5:30 am (gulp!) and that the first two dozen people in line get prizes. Does that mean that first 24 people all get free Krispy Kreme for a year? Dunno, they’re being irritatingly coy about the specifics. But if you’re an early bird it seems something sweet and sticky good will happen…

Starbucks $2 cold beverage with the Starbucks Treat Receipt promotion.  Make a Starbucks purchase before 2 pm any day and then return the same day after 2 pm with your receipt to get a grande sized cold drink for just $2! Promo good till October 4, 2010.

80% off Restaurant.com certificates and gift cards with the promo code: FUN  (Enter the code at checkout to see the discount). Buy by July 12, no expiration date on certificates. Participating Albuquerque restaurants include:

  • Asian Cafe , Sophia’s Place, Peppers Cantina, Casa Chaco, Cazuela’s Mexican Grill
  • 80 cents for a $10 certificate
  • $2 for a $25 certificate
  • $4 for a $50 certificate
  • $8 for a $100 certificate
  • $8 for a $100 Restaurant.com Gift Card
  • To get the 80% off, select your Restaurant.com certificates and enter the promo code FUN at the check out page. (The full 80% discount doesn’t show till then.)

Military, police, and firefighters get 50% off Marcello’s Chophouse at lunch, when you wear your uniform! You serve us, let them serve YOU. What a great deal Marcello’s!

$1 off the New Double Chili Cheeseburgers at Wienerschnitzel with this coupon good to July 31.

$15 bottles of wine at Vivace Nob Hill On Monday and Tuesday nights, Vivace serves 15 different wines at just $15 a bottle.

Free pie at Waffle House – get a free small slice of pie when you dine in. Last chance reminder on this! The coupon expires July 10, 2010.

NOTE: Not all locations may be participating in all offers – call ahead if you want to be sure.

Thanks for tips from Tucson on the Cheap and Wichita on the Cheap.

–Tania. FYI: I’ve given you my Restaurant.com affiliate link. If you feel like sending a little love this way to support the ABQ on the Cheap site, please use the link.

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Food Freebies & Deals: June 25-July 2, 2010

June 25, 2010 by  
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Albuquerque dining deals: free quesadilla at Church Street Cafe, free DiGiorno pizza, half price wine at Mimi’s, 80% off Asian Cafe and Sophia’s Place, Denny’s BOGO coupons, 10% off Cafe Giuseppe, free Villa Pizza beverage, two people wine and dine for $60, and more…

Free quesadilla at Church Street Cafe in Old Town with the purchase of a full service meal – mention you saw the offer on Yelp.

Free DiGiorno Pizza: You have to sign in to Facebook for this one, insert a photo of your face into one of their cut-out pix, and then you get a coupon for a FREE Deep Dish pizza! If you’re not on Facebook, you can still get a coupon for $1 off a DiGiorno Deep Dish Pizza.

50% off Edible Arrangements. Get certificates worth $50 for half price at $25, via Clear Channel Albuquerque. Select fresh fruit bouquets, including chocolate dipped fruit (yum!) for a party or gift. Quantities are limited, and certificates must be used by November 1, 2010

Free Villa Pizza drink: Get a free medium beverage with the purchase of a Triple Play Dish using this coupon at Villa Pizza in Cottonwood Mall, valid till July 31.

Half Price Wine at Mimi’s Cafe: Every Wednesday ALL day, ALL bottles of wine are 50% off.  Also: Mimi’s Cafe Happy Hour specials give you $2 off starters, $2 off wine, $1 off beer, on Monday to Friday from 4-7 pm, and 9 pm to closing.  (Thanks to Beth for the tip!)

80% off Restaurant.com certificates and gift cards with the promo code: SUMMER. Buy by June 30, no expiration date on certificates. Participating restaurants include:

  • Asian Cafe , Sophia’s Place, Peppers Cantina, Casa Chaco, Cazuela’s Mexican Grill
  • 80 cents for a $10 certificate
  • $2 for a $25 certificate
  • $4 for a $50 certificate
  • $8 for a $100 certificate
  • $8 for a $100 Restaurant.com Gift Card
  • To get the 80% off, select your Restaurant.com certificates and enter the promo code SUMMER at the check out page ( The full 80% discount doesn’t show till then.)

Certificates are delivered by email (free) and free shipping on gift cards. Check the individual deals for any minimum purchase required, or other restrictions such as dine-in only.

10% off for cyclists at Cafe Giuseppe: Ride your bike to Cafe Giuseppe and get a 10% discount! No web link for this discount, but I noticed it when I was in there chilling out with a gorgeous iced latte – although they’re better known for the strong stuff – espresso! Mention that you rode your bike to the barista when ordering. Cafe Giuseppe is in Nob Hill at 3222 Silver Ave, SE, on the corner of Wellesley.

Dinner & Wine for 2 for $60 at Prairie Star Restaurant on Wednesdays evenings: Starter, entree, and dessert for two, PLUS a bottle of wine for $60 on Wednesdays only, at the Prairie Star Restaurant at the Santa Ana Golf Club. No coupon needed, but it’s probably wise to reserve a table in advance.

Denny’s coupons for buy one get one free (via Valpak) all currently showing to expire July 9. See the list of participating locations at the link, there are 3 in ABQ to get:

  • BOGO Dinner: Buy one American dinner classic and two drinks, get one free
  • BOGO Late Night Rock Star Favorite: Buy one rock star favorite and two drinks, get one free
  • $4 for 2 Buffalo Chicken Wraps & Tortilla Chips

40% off at High Finance Restaurant and Cosmo Tapas – in case you missed our post yesterday about how to get $50 worth of dining for $30.

Lavender in the Village Festival: Cooking with lavender classes, wine tastings, and lots of lavender tasties to buy on June 26 and 27. Plus family activities and live entertainment – see the full scoop in our earlier Lavender Festival post.

–Tania. FYI: I’ve given you my Restaurant.com affiliate link. If you feel like sending a little love this way to support the ABQ on the Cheap site, please use the link.

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Food Freebies & Deals: June 11-18, 2010

June 11, 2010 by  
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Albuquerque restaurant deals include free Hot Dog on a Stick, Quiznos $2.99 meal, free gelato tasting, BOGO at Sophia’s Place or Ezra’s place, half-price beer and wine, deals at Godiva chocolate, Mario’s Pizzeria & Ristorante, Pars Cuisine, Zinc, and Father’s Day freebies.

Free Hot Dog on a Stick on June 15 from 5 to 8 pm. One free hot dog per customer within these promotion hours. The two Albuquerque Hot Dog on a Stick locations are in the Coronado Center and Cottonwood Mall.

Free Large Godiva Chocolate Bar when you spend $35, through June 20. Dad like chocolate? Buy him a sweet gift and keep the freebie bar for yourself…heh, heh, heh! (Or be a bigger person than I am, and give him the free chocolate too.) Godiva is in the Coronado Center.

Quiznos $2.99 meal. Get a small sub, chips, and fountain drink with this Quiznos coupon, currently showing as expiring June 17, although the date keeps rolling back. One coupon per person per order (implying you can print and redeem another coupon on a later visit.) Thanks to Ron for the tip.

Savor Albuquerque restaurant coupons we mentioned last week are still valid till June 13:

  • $10 off Prairie Star Restaurant and Wine Bar with $25 food purchase
  • Free appetizer or dessert at La Oja Restaurant  with dinner purchase
  • $10 off Pars Cuisine with $40 food purchase

Free tastings from Van Rixel Bros. Gelato at the Downtown Growers’ Market on Saturday June 12. Sampling starts at 9 am till they run out. ABQ CVB implies it’s for kids only, ABQ Downtown Action team newsletter makes no such distinction. The Downtown Growers Market own website isn’t updated from 2009 yet, so all we know is that there WILL be gelato… The market is at Robinson Park on Central and 8th Avenues.

Blanco fundraiser by Rhythm for a Reason on June 12 includes a sunset champagne toast, light hors d’oeuvres, and dancing to music by DJ Felonious Groove. A $15 minimum donation benefits Albuquerque Storehouse, which provides food and clothing to people in need. There’s a cash bar, and it’s suggested that you wear white! The party is from 7:30 to 11 pm at The Place Lofts in Nob Hill.

Buy One Get One Free at Sophia’s Place or Ezra’s Place with these coupons (via Valpak) for:

  •  BOGO Huevos Rancheros (any day)
  •  BOGO lunch on Tuesday to Friday only
  •  BOGO dinner up to $10 value at Ezra’s only, Tuesday to Friday.

Coupons currently expire June 24 (but they usually roll back dates according to when you print, until the deal disappears altogether.)

Asian Cafe Half price beer and wine and free appetizers in a new happy hour Summer Special, from 2:30 to 6 pm. This is according to their Craigslist notice. Asian Cafe (formerly Chows) is at 1950 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE.

Mario’s Pizzeria & Ristorante deals with a Premium Shopping Guide coupon:

  • BOGO Free Entree or Pizza – Buy one entree or 12” Pizza and two drinks to get the second entree or pizza free, up to $10 discount, valid Sunday to Thursday on dine-in only.
  • $5 lunch deal for combos of pizza, Coke, salad/soup to eat in or carry out.

Both are good at the three Albuquerque Mario´s Pizzeria & Ristorante locations till July 31, 2010.

$6 Late Night Zinc Specials – from 9 pm to midnight on Monday to Saturday in the Zinc Cellar Bar, choose from six $6 items including Baja Shrimp Cocktail Ceviche Tostada and Baby Back Pork Ribs.

Free movie when you eat candy Don’t forget you’ve got a great excuse to eat Hershey’s candy in the Hershey’s Kisses Movie Ticket Promotion we posted in May, but you must print out the coupon by June 30 to get a ticket (up to $12 value) .

Father’s Day Heads Up

Free appetizer for Father’s Day at Pelican’s Restaurant two Albuquerque locations – they’re serving the usual menu and specials on June 20, and they say an appetizer is on them!

Denny’s free ice cream floats for Fathers’ Day – you have to be a Facebook member, but if you send a customized e-card to Dad via Denny’s Facebook card application, you and dad each get a coupon for a free ice cream float with the purchase of an item from the $2, $4, $6, $8 Value Menu or any entree.

Note: Not all locations may be participating in all offers – call ahead if you want to be sure.

–Tania

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Friday Food Freebies & Deals: June 4-11, 2010

June 4, 2010 by  
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Albuquerque restaurant deals this week include free doughnuts, $10 off Prairie Star, $10 off Pars Cuisine, 50% off Casa Vieja, $1 off Wienerschnitzel burgers, $15 bottles of wine,  half priced burgers, three for two tapas, free Coca-Cola at Waffle House, $1 off draft beers, pizza specials, and more…

Free doughnuts today Friday June 4 at Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ Donuts in celebration of National Doughnut Day – just in case you missed our post earlier this week!

$1 off the New Double Chili Cheeseburgers at Wienerschnitzel with this coupon good to July 31. (Yeah, I’m sorry, that’s how they spell it. It’s actual chili as opposed to actual chile. I expect it’s still very nice.) Thanks to Editor at Large Ron for the tip.

$15 bottles of wine at Vivace Nob Hill On Monday and Tuesday nights, Vivace serves 15 different wines at just $15 a bottle. Fittingly for the Italian restaurant, wines on offer are from Italy, and from California too!

Savor Albuquerque restaurant coupons are valid from June 4 to 13:

  • $10 off Prairie Star Restaurant and Wine Bar with a food purchase of $25 or more
  • Free appetizer or dessert at La Oja Restaurant at the Doubletree Hotel with dinner purchase
  • $10 off Pars Cuisine with a food purchase of $40

Save 50% at Casa Vieja in Corrales, thanks to Good Day New Mexico’s Half Price Thursday. Buy a $50 dining certificate for $25, and use it till the end of December 2010. (Note: It’s not valid on Friday or Saturday nights, and shipping cost is $3.75.) Casa Vieja is one of my fave restaurants, and I guess I’m not alone in that, so you’d better act fast – quantities are limited!

Gecko’s Bar & Tapas specials after 6 pm only:

  • 20 cent wings on Mondays
  • Three for two tapas on Tuesdays
  • Half priced burgers on Wednesdays

Free Coca~Cola brand soft drink at Waffle House with this coupon expiring June 15. (Scroll down a bit to see it.) Dine in only, one coupon per customer per visit. (So I guess you can take it in several times if you’re a frequent Waffler.) Thanks to our mother ship Cities on the Cheap for the tip.

Venezia’s Pizzeria daily specials include:  

  • $18 for a 16 inch 2 topping pizza and 12 wings on Fridays
  • Free two-liter soft drink when you buy a large extreme pizza on Saturdays
  • $3 off a 24 inch pizza on Sundays
  • 50 cent Buffalo Wings on Wednesdays

$1 off draft beers all day Wednesdays at Hallenbrick Brewery. The bargain beer deal is running through June 2010. Hallenbrick Brewery is at 3817 Hawkins NE.

Wine Down Thursdays take place through July 29th at the Downtown Crossroads Mall and onto the Hyatt Regency patio. Sadly, the wine isn’t free (or if it is, someone should tell me about it PRONTO!) but the event includes live music, plus food, arts and crafts vendors, and it sounds like a fun food and wine event. It’s from 4:30 to 7:30 pm on Thursdays.

Note: Not all locations may be participating in all offers – call ahead if you want to be sure.

–Tania

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Friday Food Freebies & Deals for 4/9/2010

April 9, 2010 by  
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Tax Day treats plus freebies, discounts and coupons for the week ahead at Cinnabon, PF Chang, Quiznos, Chick-fil-A, Saffron Tiger free entree and kid’s bowl too, Gold Bar nostalgia, El Norteño Buy-One-Get-One-Free on breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Standard Diner’s beer feast.

  • On Saturday April 10, satisfy your sweet tooth with a free breakfast cinnamon cluster at Chick-fil-A Cottonwood Corners between 6:30 and 10:30 am.
  • Join Chick-fil-A at Paseo Del Norte’s free viewing of the new VeggieTales movie Pistachio on Saturday April 10 at 6 pm. The free movie party includes face painting, giveaways, and popcorn. Pick up a free Pistachio coloring sheet in advance, take it home for your little one to color in and bring it back to the April 10 party…. and they’ll get a free kid’s ice cream!
  • This coupon (mentioned last week) for an Arby’s free roast beef sandwich when you buy any soft drink is still (just) valid – coupon expires April 10.
  • Sweet relief on Tax Day April 15 with free Cinnabon cupcakes. They’re giving away two free bite-sized cupcakes per person between 6 pm and 8 pm – note those are both PM times, it’s an evening offer – at participating mall-based Cinnabon bakeries.
  • P.F Chang’s also eases the Tax Day burden with 15% off all food – dine in or take out – on April 15! Not valid on beverages or happy hour food but otherwise just turn up with a taxing appetite.  No coupons necessary. (If you’re a Warrior Card member, you don’t get 10% off on top of that – just the same 15% as everyone else!)
  • Quiznos coupons valid till April 18  for:
    – Free chips and regular fountain drink when you buy any regular/large sub, or regular chopped salad
    – $1 off 1 sub, $2 off 2 subs, $3 off 3 subs
    (Thanks to Atlanta on the Cheap for the lead!)
  • Get a taste of nostalgia with the Gold Bar fundraiser for the ’98 Del Norte High School 12 Year Reunion – buy the peanut butter and chocolate desserts that were sold in Duke City schools. One pound (about 12-14 gold bars) costs $9.80, two pounds = $18, and three pounds = $26. So you save by ordering more (what a great excuse! I mean, incentive.) Order your Gold Bars online, pay by PayPal, then pick ’em up at Del Norte High School on April 17 or May 8 from noon to 1:30 pm. OR have them delivered to your door ($5 shipping for one pound of Gold Bars.) Or just turn up slavering at the school on those sale dates  – April 17  and May 8 – and pay with cash.
  • My mouth’s watering at the thought of East Indian food, and Saffron Tiger Indian Cuisine Express adds to the temptation with a coupon for a free entree OR chai tea or mango lassi, PLUS a free kid’s bowl for children aged 12 and under, when you purchase any two entree combo. Saffron Tiger is located on Paseo Del Norte, just east of San Pedro, and the coupon is good through April 15, 2010. (Thanks to Denise for THAT tip. Not sure if Denise works there or is just a wonderful reader, either way, thanks D!)
  • Editor-at-Large Ron is quite excited that  El Norteño Buy-One-Get-One-Free coupons are back in Valpak – and no wonder! BOGO coupons serve you a free breakfast, lunch, and dinner, valued up to $8 each. Coupons are valid till at least April 23, 2010 at current time of viewing, for dine in only. 
  • Standard Diner’s Beer Dinner on Sunday April 18 is $50 a head, but that’s for six… count ’em… SIX courses, all paired with Marble Brewery beers.  The menu starts with Cheddar/Beer Soup and ends up with Cinnamon Baked Brie, by way of Kobe Sliders, Lollipop Lamb, and a couple of other courses you’ll just have to do your best with. Reservations are required, and I’d say bring a tent, ‘cos I can’t see anyone walking home after this feast. Or maybe even rising from the table for 24 hours.
  • If you’re more of a wine buff, Standard Diner uncorks half price bottles of wine on Monday nights!

NOTE: Not all locations may be participating in all offers. Call ahead if you want to be sure.

–Tania

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