How to eat like a queen on a peasant’s budget


Here To Serve

The Shed At Glenwood

Hudson Grille

The normal cost for the food would have been $29 but we spent only $14. We over tipped and spent $12 each. Not bad for a great space with friendly, efficient service, plus we left stuffed and happy. There’s also the original Virginia Highland location with a selection of reasonably priced Spanish and veggie tapas and always $5 margaritas. It’s a good date place, because who doesn’t look better after a margarita?

Calling all carnivores. I don’t like to cook steak at home, but when you eat out it can cost a ton. The answer is to skip lunch and do like our parents did — go to the early bird special at Prime in Lenox Mall, another Here to Serve restaurant. Get some shopping done and then be nostalgic. Every night from 5 – 6:30 p.m., Prime offers half off their delicious steaks, so you can eat like a king in an opulent setting.

Admittedly, we didn’t save much money because we supplemented the discount with martinis —hmmm, I’m seeing the reason for these discounts. You get half off a $30 steak and again over tip because you don’t want to be “discount trash.”

More ways to save

One of the best deals in town is Wednesday $3 slider night at The Shed in Glenwood. It’s a modern minimalist bar setting and on Wednesday it was very packed with “family.” They start you off with whimsical kettle buttered popcorn instead of bread.

The Shed has a rotating upscale slider selection including fried oysters with house made tarter, traditional angus, roast beef with horseradish, ‘50s tuna melt, and my favorite — fried green tomato with goat cheese. They also offer a three-course Sunday supper for $20.

Another great deal, especially for students and butch gays who want their protein, is Monday night at Hudson Grille — all locations including Midtown — when they have $5 burger night. Their manly big juicy burgers are usually around $9. I splurge with the bacon cheddar burger and I add guacamole and choose the sweet potato fries dipped in blue cheese.

They also have turkey and a good veggie black bean burger, plus you can get steamed veggies or fresh fruit for a cheap healthy meal. You’ll be stuffed for around $9 including tax and tip. Hudson Grille is part of the Metrotainment group, which started Einstein’s and was one the first restaurant groups in the city to openly support us.

Also, as I’ve mentioned before, use the free service Scoutmob. Another tip is to register with your favorite restaurants’ websites. I’m constantly getting coupons in my email.

Now that you are armed with knowledge, eat cheap and good, my “Fierce” culinary followers. Please comment and let me know your favorite deals.


Top photo: Eat at Prime, but not during prime time. Visit the steakhouse during off hours for great deals on excellent steaks in an opulent setting. (publicity photo)