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Dine Out 7/2/12

You probably love to eat out but HATE to see your bill. Good news! Consumer Reports says there are plenty of deals right at your fingertips. Tod Marks Consumer Reports "One of the first things you can do is to visit a restaurant's website to find out about any special offers." Websites Take Chili's. It has a 20-dollar steak dinner special for two. And Bob Evans has an "Endless Farmhouse Lunch" for 6.99. SOT partially covered Tod Marks "You can also sign up for e-mail alerts and join an e-club to learn about even more deals."
By joining California Pizza Kitchen's e-Club, you get five dollars toward your next visit. And on Facebook, liking Outback Steakhouse and other restaurants can also lead to dining deals. Eating in restaurant Tod Marks at desk CU Restaurant signs Consumer Reports found you do need to choose where you eat carefully. Its survey of almost 48-thousand subscribers gave some popular chains low marks for value - among them Hard Rock Cafe, Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar, Joe's Crab Shack, and Hooters. Tod Marks, "Now, another surefire way to save is to eat when others don't. There's a lot more out there than just an early-bird special." At Applebee's, late-night diners enjoy half-price appetizers. And at Red Lobster you get a discount on some shrimp entrées on Mondays and Tuesdays.
"Here's another sweet way to save. If it's your birthday, eat at a restaurant that offers free dessert." Customer's birthday celebration. "Happy birthday to you!"

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