Recession or no, it seems that everyone loves a deal, whether it's a happy-hour buffet, dollar eats, or slashed prices on favorite items. Would you eat dinner for a dollar or less? (I'd likely skip it, though I'm in the minority.) Here's a roundup of recs for lowbrow fare on days when money's tight or you're saving it for the weekend.
5. America's Backyard $5 Happy Hour menu
4. Maguires Taco Tuesday
From 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays, drinks are two-for-one, and a rotating selection of cheap eats -- sliders, mac and cheese, plain pizzas -- sells for $5.
"Are you really gonna eat that?" I've heard more than one Tuesday during happy hour. The answer is undoubtedly yes, even though they're not particularly Irish (or appetizing).3. Mai-Kai's Wednesday free sushi buffet
Highlighted in November's Atlantic Monthly for its tiki cocktails, the Mai-Kai has regained some cachet when it comes to drinks and goings-on. Never a gourmand's destination, Mai-Kai makes us hesitate when it comes to free raw fish, offered every Wednesday from 5 to 9 p.m. What kind of fish? "We never know until it's out that day," said a spokesperson. Proceed with caution.2. Treasure Trove's $1 Taco Tuesday
A favorite dive bar at the beach offers one of the area's favorite cheap-ass lunches: hard tacos for a buck. Add to it a $3.75 Corona or a shot of Jameson and it's a lunch that beats the hell out of Taco Bell. Enjoy while you can, since Treasure Trove's lease is up this winter.1. The Downtowner Saloon's $1 menu
Every weekday from 4 to 6 p.m., the locals saloon on the river offers a dollar menu that includes tacos, sliders, potato skins, wings, and burritos. Get dinner and drunk for under ten bucks.
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