Deals at DQ

Monday, July 6th, 2009

In case anyone was wondering when I would feature cheap eats at a simple restaurant, Dairy Queen offers a flurry of specials, too. The Sweet Deals value menu includes two items for $3, three for $4 or four items for $5. Choose from nine items. Participating DQs offer “happy hour” specials from 2 to 4 p.m. daily. Anything through a straw (Arctic Rush, MooLatte, soda, shakes or malts but not Blizzards) is half-price. If you want a Blizzard deal, ask for the Blizzard Free-quency card at participating restaurants. Buy three, get one free. Find out which restaurants are participating at Fourteen Foods. See? I’m not always writing about Murrays or McCormick & Schmick.

Two newly-announced restaurant deals

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Here are two restaurant deals just announced.

Kozlak’s Royal Oak restaurant in Shoreview  celebrates 32 years in business with six entrees priced at $19.77 for July. Entrees include prime rib, beef tenderloin, walleye, chicken cordon bleu, pork loin and shrimp. The price includes the salad bar or house salad, sides, a glass of house wine and chocolate mousse dessert. Those entrees would regularly sell for about $25 without the wine and dessert.

A pound of lobster for less than $20? Yes, on July 2-5 at McCormick & Schmick’s, get a pound of steamed lobster for $19.95 for lunch or dinner. The special includes mashed potatoes and a vegetable (drawn butter too) and is available at the two McCormick & Schmick locations in the Galleria in Edina and Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis as well as the M & S Grill on 6th Street downtown Minneapolis. The lobster is regularly about $30 per pound.

Want a free breakfast today? Flip a coin.

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Four local restaurants, Edina Grill in Edina, Highland Grill in St. Paul, 3 Squares in Maple Grove and Longfellow Grill in Minneapolis, offer you a 50-50 chance at a free breakfast today, June 1, from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. During the “Flip a Coin” day, a manager comes to your table, flips a coin, someone at the table calls it, and if the customer calls heads or tails correctly, the breakfast is free for the table. There are no limits on the amount of the check. For example, a table of six with a $75 bill can get a free breakfast if one lucky person calls it right. Alcohol is excluded from the freebie. Some restaurants have a 1 hour call-ahead if you’d like to make a reservation.

The latest restaurant deals

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Give us a deal and many of us are still willing to eat out, even at high-end restaurants. Entertainment announced today that all of its Happenings books are discounted to $15, which includes free shipping. The books are discounted because the book came out on November ’08 and expire in a year, but there are plenty of good BOGOs (buy one, get one free) discounts in restaurants and dry cleaners etc.

 TGI Fridays restaurants announced one cent appetizers and $1 entrees for those who sign up for the Give Me More Stripes program. The deals are good through April. A coupon is required for redemption. Sign up in the restaurant or online.   

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is offering a sirloin steak and frites for $20. The Minneapolis location is one of only three RC restaurants offering this deal across the country. I tried it earlier in the week and loved it. The half-bottle wine list was also a nice surprise.

 Manny’s Steakhouse in the Foshay in Minneapolis just announced a Sunday supper deal after 4 p.m. For $28 per person, get prime London broil sirloin, wedge salad, mashed potatoes and warm chocolate fudge. Manny’s also allows diners to bring their own bottle of wine with no corkage fees.

More strategies and deals at local restaurants

Monday, February 16th, 2009

I ran out of room in Tuesday’s column on restaurant deals. Here are some more. Let me know your faves too.

 Bargain hunters’ sites. Look for restaurant deals at,, and Find their restaurant section and type in a ZIP code for restaurants near you.

Rewards Network (1-877-491-3463). This is the perfect discount program for the person who can’t be bothered with coupons. You regisiter one or more credit cards with the Network and receive a discount of 10 to 20 percent when you charge the restaurant bill. Servers don’t know. The discount shows up on your credit card statement. Members can choose either a free account with 10 percent discounts or pay $29 per year for 10 to 20 percent discounts. Restrictions apply. Ten percent savings might be slight, but because the benefit is “hidden,” you can double-dip by using a coupon and then charging the bill on a credit card with Rewards savings.

Half-off Twin Cities . Buy a $50 gift card for $25. The site lists four deals from Hubbard Broadcasting’s KSTP 1500, KS95, FM107 and TC Live. Deals are posted on different days of the week. Last week’s deals included Sunsets, Glockenspiel, Great Waters Brewing Co., and Totino’s Italian Kitchen.

Two deals specific to restaurants:

 1. Tryg’s in St. Louis Park offers a $15 appetite stimulus plan from 4-6 p.m. daily. It includes a choice of salad, entree and beverage. Portions are sizable too.

 2. Thrifty Hipster Matt Dogwillo recommends the Hien Deli (2624 Nicollet Av., Minneapolis, 612-872-8280) for cheap eats anytime in simple surroundings.

 Write in your favorite restaurant deal, high-end or low-end.  

Restaurant deals, high-end or low-end

Monday, January 12th, 2009

What are you in the mood for tonight? A fancy steakhouse dinner or a casual all-you-can-eat siesta? Either way, have I got a deal for you.

Ruth’s Chris Steak house has a special on a 3-course meal plus dessert. For $40, get a 6-oz. entree (fliet and shrimp, stuffed chicken, BBQ shrimp or sea bass) plus a salad and side dish. For an extra $10, you can upgrade to a filet, ribeye, lamp chops or 8-oz. lobster tail. Save about $20 on the deal, said Minneapolis sales manager Judy Ulrich. The restaurant is located at 920 2nd Av. S., Minneapolis, 612-672-9000. The deal is good for the winter.

 Is spending $10 or less more your style? Try one of the Don Pablo’s locations (Roseville, Maple Grove, Richfield and Eden Prairie). Try the Endless Three Amigos Enchiladas for $9.99 (in other words, free refills) or the Tuesday special, all-you-can-eat tacos for $6.99.