This whole economy thing is supposedly getting better, but personally we’re starting to get calluses from our Fiskars because of all the coupon cutting we’ve been forced to undertake. (Sadly, we have yet to come across any Absolut or Bacardi coupons in our ValPaks, though we’ve grown quite fond of Betty Crocker’s Warm Delights. And yes, that’s our favorite new sexual euphemism.)
But no matter how many pennies we’re forced to pinch, that doesn’t mean we’re going to resort to eating potted meat and dollar-store saltines. We’ve got sophisticated palates to pleasure after all. So this is the first of a new series we’re calling “Dining on a Dime.” In these features, we’ll give you the inside scoop on ways to get great food at deep discounts by taking advantage of special offers or dining at specific days and times to get the most for your money.
To kick off the series, we headed right to the gayborhood where The Landmark Restaurant (inside the Melrose Hotel) invited us to check out their special “Three Courses for $30” offer. In celebration of parent company Warwick International Hotels’ 30th anniversary, The Landmark is offering up your choice of three selections (starter, entrée and dessert) from their regular menu for this promotion, which is great because sometimes multi-course “deals” are just smaller portions of limited selections.
After cocktails (not included, BTW), we started with a Wedge Salad with Applewood smoked bacon, oven roasted tomatoes and bleu cheese dressing, then feasted on Roasted Lamb Chops with fennel dusted gnocchi, baby arugula and mint chimichurri. That was served with a small complimentary glass of house wine. Then, it was time for the dreamy “My” Adult Cupcake, which is a Rogue Stout Ale-filled chocolate cupcake stuffed with ice cream, chocolate mousse and chocolate glaçage. We’re still dreaming of that one.
To put the savings in perspective, our lamb entrée alone is $27. So it was like they threw in an amuse bouche, starter, glass of wine and dessert for three buckaroos. That’s super-sizing we can get on board with.
Our dining companion (i.e. the only d-dancer we could coax away from The Tin Room for a free dinner) began our life-long two-hour relationship with Seared Day Boat Scallops with preserved lemon butter and house-made chorizo. That was followed up with the Roasted Halibut (one of only two items on the menu with a $5 up-charge – of course) atop wilted spinach, white wine and tomato pan jus, fingerling potatoes and haricot vert. He ended things with Crème Brûlée – and a quick exit while we excused ourselves to powder our nose. But who cares. Dinner was still fantastic and we’ll remember our time with that cupcake fondly.
The three-course-for-$30 deal is only good through July 31, 2010, but rumor has it that the special deal may return in the fall. We’ll keep our fingers crossed, but just in case we’ll probably head back a couple more times before month’s end.
Our only regret is that we didn’t try this great deal sooner. Though in our defense, we were busy collecting aluminum cans for cash to pay our personal trainer.
3015 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas
Tax and Gratuity are not included