If you're looking for a night on the town or have a tiny bit of disposable income, restaurants are chomping at the bit for your business. With the economy the way it is, more restaurants -- even upscale steakhouses -- are turning to specials.Sullivan's
in Leawood is running several specials, including two $29 prix-fixe menus. The John L. Prix Fixe features a salad, a choice of salmon, chicken or 6-oz. filet mignon with a side and a dessert. It's available every day (including Friday and Saturday) from 11:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. The second $29 deal is just on Sundays from 5 to 10 p.m. and comprises a soup or salad, entrée with two sides and a dessert.
Sullivan's is also running a side menu called "The Contender," with selected entrées with sides for under $25 (normal entrées are a la carte). A couple of The Contenders are pork shank with mashed potatoes and steak and frites with garlic butter.Lidia's
has some really cut-rate deals, including a lunch for under the psychological barrier of $10
. Granted the "Express Lunch" is just 5 cents under at $9.95, but you still get three courses -- soup or Caesar salad, one of the day's three pastas and a slice of tiramisu. The Express lunch is Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lidia's is also offering $10 entrées in the evening at the bar. It's part of its "10 under 10" menu available every night (yes, on weekends) in the bar area.
Finally, Brookside's quiet and cozy Avenues Bistro
has revamped its menu for 2009, and no entrée costs more than $20. Lobster ravioli is $19, a 5-oz. filet with crab cake is $20 and pan-seared scallops are only $17. Every day of the week, Avenues Bistros runs an early bird special when selected entrées (including all of the above) plus a salad or soup are only $15. The early bird special is until 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
These are just a few of the deals around town. If you find a deal that's really juicy, e-mail me
or write me in the comments so I can share it.