Dining Deals: Weekly specials, reward memberships and a secret password

Tips for making dining out a little more wallet-friendly.

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Photos courtesy of Allison Michelli (Old Bust Head Brewing), Rey Lopez (Maple Ave Restaurant) and Mel Gold (Smokehouse Live)

Specials

SUNDAY-TUESDAY
Maple Ave Restaurant: Three courses for $35 // Vienna

SUNDAY
Bastille: Select bottles of wine for $20 from 4-9 p.m. // Alexandria

MONDAY
Cava Mezze: four courses for $25 // Arlington

Meggrolls: Half-price Meggrolls with purchase of a drink // Alexandria

Sense of Thai St.: $5 pad Thai and half-priced wine bottles // Ashburn

Bastille / Photography by Louisa Butler

TUESDAY
Cafe Pizzaiolo: Buy one pizza, get second free (dine-in only) // Arlington and Alexandria

Cocina on Market: Industry night with $2 tacos and beers, $3 rail drinks and $4 mini-margaritas // Leesburg

Copperwood Tavern: Half-price wine bottles // Arlington and Ashburn

CraftHouse: Two tacos for $6 // Arlington, Fairfax and Reston

Pizzeria Orso: Free item from the children’s menu with purchase of pizza // Falls Church

WEDNESDAY
Grafton House: Buy one Irish entree (bangers and mash, fish and chips) and get a second entree half-off // Gainesville

THURSDAY
Old Bust Head Brewing Co.: 10 percent off one growler fill, and another 10 percent off for each additional growler through 40 percent off for four growler fills. // Warrenton

SATURDAY-SUNDAY
Live Oak: Kids eat free at brunch with purchase of adult entree // Alexandria

Extras

REWARDS

Cava Grill: Spend $88 dollars through the house app and get $8, plus a $3 bonus for downloading.

Lei’d: With the Square app or Yombu (see Teas’n You), collect 10 stars (one star equals $10) and get $10 off the next visit.

Smokehouse Live: Download the Flok app for a free chips and dip appetizer, $20 off after five visits of spending $25 or more, free dessert all month long during birthday months.

Teas’n You: At check out, place a finger on Yombu, which tracks your print: For every $55 spent, customers get $5, plus $2 off the next purchase after sign-up.

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Photo courtesy of Teas’n You

Passion Food Hospitality: Buy the $25 loyalty card, which automatically converts to points, and get one point from each dollar spent at PassionFish Reston, TenPenh Tysons and others from the restaurant group. Rewards start at a $75 gift card (1,000 points) and go up to a reception for 40 with sparkling wine, hors d’oeuvres and dessert (25,000 points).

NIBBLE+SQUEAK

This family-friendly group with chapters across the country organizes meals at some of the best restaurants in the region and turns them into kid-safe zones. The group arranges for private rooms or buy-outs and sells tickets for multicourse menus—and kids eat for free.

FREEBIE OF THE DAY

It pays to keep tabs on the social media account of Sugar Shack: each day there’s a way to score a free house doughnut, whether it’s bringing in a drawing of a taco, wearing a baseball hat or singing a song from Hamilton.

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Photo courtesy of Brabo

SECRET PASSWORD

Brabo is offering a family-style (two to four people) duck a l’orange—whole duck served with black truffle mashed potatoes, braised grapes and orange confit—for $75. With the mention of the secret password, silver tower, the price drops $10.

COOKIE AS A COUPON

At the end of the meal at TenPenh, crack open the fortune cookie to find a range of deals, like 20 percent off an entree or 50 percent off a bottle of wine ($100 or less).

DISCOUNTS IN FREDERICKSBURG

Pick up a coffee sleeve at Agora Downtown Coffee Shop and use it for 10 percent off balsamics at Taste, 20 percent off at Monkee’s (clothing store), two-for-one books at Riverby Books and 25 percent off one item at Ladyburg Bath & Body Apothecary. When shopping is complete, drop the sleeve at River Rock Outfitter to be entered in a monthly raffle.

YELP

When searching for where to eat, check to see if restaurants offer in-app deals like free drinks or a $10-for-$15 type of coupon.To search for specials, use the filter function and check “offering a deal.”

(Dining Deals 2017December 2017)

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