Best Deals at Sit-Down Restaurant Chains

Posted on 08/25/2014

They're positioned at nearly every major intersection or at every mall in America. Fast casual dining has been around for a while, but according to research industry-wide sales at restaurants fell by 2% last year. Many of these chains are trying hard to stay competitive by offering great deals. It's good news for diners who can fill their stomachs for less.

Chilis is pushing their $20 for two menu where a couple can split an appetizer like fried cheese or Texas cheese fries and each enjoy an entree. The special dinner menu includes fajitas, fried shrimp and even a classic bacon burger. Before you go join the Chili's email club to get a coupon for free chips and salsa or guac or queso.

Olive Garden
Craving a mountain of pasta and endless breadsticks? Then Olive Garden is your go-to fast casual joint. They're working to rebrand themselves and recently launched a promotion with Redbox, the movie rental company. Enjoy unlimited soup or salad and an entree. Then take a second entree home as well as a movie from Redbox. You'll have to text a special number on your receipt in order to receive a free promo code for your DVD rental. Also, try a meal off their Small Plates menu where prices start at just $4.

Red Lobster
Crabfest is a favorite among Red Lobster fans. During these special promo periods enjoy discounts on menu items featuring crab. This time the promo ends August 31. Be sure to sign up for the Fresh Catch Club so that you can score a free appetizer or dessert.

Applebee's is also working hard to be a great date-night option. They launched a 2 for $20 Menu where a pair can pick an appetizer to share as well as two separate entrees. Appetizer options consist of boneless wings, grilled chicken wonton tacos or mozzarella sticks. There are eight entrees on this discounted menu including a seven ounce house sirloin.

PF Chang's
If you want dessert on your date check out PF Chang's four-course menu for two. It's $39.95 but unlike the other guys it includes soup, either Hot & Sour or Egg Drop, as well as a starter, entree, and dessert. Another great way to save at PF Chang's is by visiting during happy hour when starters are available for as little as $3.25.

Appetizers for dinner anyone? Hit up Fridays where they're offering endless appetizers. That's right, when you run out the server brings you more until you say stop. There are seven appetizers on this special menu including loaded potato skins, pan-seared pot stickers and boneless buffalo wings. Also if you plan on dining at Fridays on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday sit in the bar area to score half-price apps and drink deals.

By Alison Storm

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