Today and tomorrow, Restaurant.com is offering 70% off of all gift certificates. Deals like this one can really help the thrifty foody to feel comfortable trying a new restaurant without worrying about blowing a hole in the budget. I myself used one to discover one of my favorite new dishes: Filete Relleno at Las Mojarras on Lake Street (think Fish Cordon Bleu!).
Oh, and what else is new? They no longer expire!
Some of the new restaurants featured include: The Pacific Islander (which took over the West Indies Soul Food stand at Midtown Global Market), Chinese Express on Lake and 35W (drive-thru Chinese-- no, we don't really like the idea, either...), Italiani's Family Restaurant on East Lake, Spoon in Apple Valley (Where the menu is Written in Reverse), and Aji Contemporary Japanese in Hopkins.
For a breakdown, here's some example certificates available:The Pacific Islander - Midtown Global Market
$25 Gift Certificate for $3. Minimum purchase of $35 required, 18% gratuity added. That's an over $40 total for under $20, even after paying for the gift certificate.
Baldy's BBQ - West Bank
$25 Gift Certificate for $3. Minimum purchase of $50. Valid Sunday -Thursday for Dinner, Dine in Only. (Any Hot Dish readers wish to weigh in on this place? Is it any good?)
Glockenspiel - St. Paul
$50 Gift Certificate for $7.50. Minimum purchase of $100. No other restrictions!
There's plenty more to be found on the Restaurant.com website, which also offers Gift Cards to send to special someones. If you find an "OMG!!1!! Amazing" deal, make sure to leave a comment.