A Table for Two, Please, Wherever There's a Discount!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

One of my favorite things to do after a long day at work is to go out to dinner with friends. I haven't done it as much lately because it was just getting too expensive.

But it's tough to stay away from restaurants in this city. We have some of the best. Thankfully, restaurants are increasingly offering more deals to attract customers. Lynne Breaux, president of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, has noticed more wine specials, prix fixe menus and happy hours.

You can find out about deals on restaurants' Web sites, said Amanda McClements, a food writer and author of Metrocurean.com, which covers the Washington area restaurant industry.

If you can eat early, pre-theater menus are a great deal. Also consider dining at the bar, where you might get the same food for less.

Some of the deals McClements has recently come across:

Taberna del Alabardero, a Spanish restaurant downtown, is offering bottles of wine, regularly priced at $55 or above at retail cost until the end of the month.

Oyamel, a Mexican restaurant in Penn Quarter, has an hora feliz (Spanish for happy hour) from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday through Friday. You can get $4 classic margaritas, ponche and selected draft beer. If you get hungry, try the $4 taco specials.

Vegetate, a vegetarian restaurant near the convention center, has happy hour Wednesday to Friday, 6 to 8 p.m. with drink and food specials. On Tuesdays, happy hour lasts until 9:30 p.m.

2941 Restaurant in Falls Church will have a Mother's Day special on May 10: a three-course prix fixe menu for $68 or a six-course tasting menu for $95.

Web sites that list deals include Restaurant.com, DailyCandy.com and DCFoodies.com.

Happy eating!

-- Nancy Trejos

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