Restaurant Deals Served Up for Value Hungry Diners



Americans are looking for great food and value when making the decision to spend their hard earned dollars, especially as the holidays approach.  Restaurants, hungry for every dollar they can take in, are increasingly responding with delicious deals, creative combos and tasty twofers.  If you’ve been working up an appetite and can’t decide which restaurant to visit, we’ve put together some favorites that you might enjoy.

Applebee’s 2 for $20 menu continues to draw crowds with a choice of a shareable appetizer and entree choices that include Chicken Fettuccine Carbonara, Applebee’s Riblet Basket, Three Cheese Chicken Penne, 7 ounce House Sirloin and more.  Some items can be upgraded to a platter for two or three dollars more.

Chili’s also continues its popular $20 Dinner for Two menu.  Guests can share an appetizer and two full sized entrees.  Choices include newer options like Grilled Shrimp Tacos, Grilled Vegetable Tacos, Honey-Chipotle Chicken Quesadilla, Margarita Chicken Tacos.

O’Charley’s is offering their 8 Under $8 deal.  Selections include the BBQ Chicken Stack, Bruschetta Chicken, Mushroom & Bleu Cheese Sirloin, Mediterranean Chicken Wrap, Teriyaki Sesame Tilapia, Chicken Tenders with Naked Twisted Chips, Grilled Baja Chicken and the new Chicken Italia.

Red Lobster casts a net with three Wood-Fired Grilled Surf & Turf entrees under $20.  The Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp and Blue Cheese Sirloin is $14.99, the Crab-Topped Peppercorn-Grilled Sirloin is $17.99 and the Wood-Grilled Maine Lobster & Peppercorn-Grilled Sirloin rounds out the special at $19.99.

Hibachi Steak & Chicken for Two is Benihana’s Chef’s Special for November.  Guests can share two hibachi steak and chicken grilled with mushrooms and sesame seeds, salad, onion soup, hibachi veggies and a shrimp appetizer for $45.

Sizzler is running $9.99 Steak Combos.  Combos include Sizzler’s signature tri tip sirloin steak with Malibu chicken, jumbo fried shrimp or skewered grilled shrimp.

McCormick & Schmick’s gives you the opportunity to Create Your Perfect Combination by choosing two or three selections from five seafood favorites.  Guests can choose two for $23.95 or three for $28.95.  Selections include Grilled Block Island Swordfish, Scampi Grilled Jumbo Shrimp, Phyllo Wrapped True Cod, Grilled Fresh Atlantic Salmon or the Chef’s Signature Crab Cake.  Combos are served with Roasted Pepper and White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes and Chef’s Fresh Vegetables.

Mimi’s Cafe offers their new Family Meals To-Go menu with 10 meals under $25.  Each meal serves between 4 and 5 people and comes with choice of soup or a tossed green or Caesar salad.  Menu items include Mediterranean Chicken Fettuccine, Cajun Chicken Alfredo, Chicken Parmesan, Turkey Dinner, Jambalaya, Meatloaf Stroganoff, Garlic Shrimp Fettuccine, Grilled Meatloaf, Chicken Tender Dinner or Oven Fresh Pot Roast.

Olive Garden’s new Stuffed Rigatoni choices are filled with five Italian cheeses and are available with grilled Italian Sausage for $9.95 or sliced sauteed Chicken for $11.95.  The grilled sausage comes in a tomato alfredo sauce while the chicken comes in a roasted garlic alfredo sauce.  Both come with unlimited salad and breadsticks.