Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Taming the Tab

I stopped by Light Bistro in Ohio City for happy hour recently and discovered that co-owners Chef Matthew Mathlage and Erich Dietrich have made it even happier. Show up Monday through Friday between 4:30-6:30 pm. and you can order selected lunchtime salads, sandwiches, and burgers at mid-day prices. These options plus daily drink specials and a bar menu of small plates makes for some seriously appealing bargains.

My companion and I had three cocktails- two whiskey sours for him, one sloe gin fizz for me- and shared a trio of dishes: crispy buttermilk-coated fried chicken livers with a few forkfuls of garlic spinach; big flavored pork belly on brioche with fennel slaw; and a round of charred flatbread topped with oven roasted tomatoes, pesto, and provolone. The total cost was only $28.40 plus tip.

Light’s also partnering with Grovewood Tavern on the east side for another great deal. Spend $60 on meals at each place between now and May 15, mail in your receipts, and you’ll get two $20 gift certificates, each good for your next dinners at these restaurants. In other words- enjoy yourself to the tune of $120 and you get a gift worth $40…with lots of good food and good times thrown in. Click here for details.

Deals like these can mean the difference between staying home or going out. These folks know that money’s tight for many people, and they’re in the same boat. To help themselves and get us in the door, they’re making it more affordable to eat at their restaurants. And that’s an economic survival strategy that’s easy for me to support.

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