10 Tips for Scoring Cheap Eats on the Main Line

Editorial Director Hobart Rowland uncovers Town Dish editor Amy Strauss’ secrets for finding the choicest dining deals on the Main Line.

We’re well aware of the iffy connotations of the above headline. That’s why it’s not on our cover this month. But you don’t have to be on a budget to appreciate a good deal.

That was the thinking behind this month’s “53 Meal Deals” cover story. To find the area’s best culinary bargains, the Town Dish unleashed its passionate crew of foodies on our unsuspecting dining scene. 

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Cheap? Perhaps—but only in the monetary sense. There’s nothing low-end about truffled mac and cheese, crêpes, lobster pizza, ceviche, duck pâté and escargot. And while I’m not exactly sure what to make of Ron’s Original Bar & Grille’s popular pizza variation, the BOGO Oval, it definitely looks delicious.

To get you in the mindset to eat and save, TD editor Amy Strauss offers these tips on scoring the choicest dining deals on the Main Line.

Sign up for restaurant newsletters. They’re a great resource for deals and exclusive event info. 

Join loyalty clubs for brands you love. Visit more, save more.

Most restaurants feature happy-hour specials. Curious? Call in advance. Often, they change daily, aren’t posted online, and apply to bar seating only.

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Hobart Rowland

A Ron’s BOGO Oval.

Freebie days frequently pop up. Keep an eye out on social media. 

Always grill your server about the day’s deals and specials. After all, it can’t hurt to ask.

Fill up on diverse eats for less at food-truck events. Local wineries, distilleries and breweries host these often, so keep tabs on their event calendars.

Deals tend to be “dine-in only.” To encourage drink purchases.

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To-go deals do happen. Inquire when placing an order.

Beer lover? Kick-the-keg promotions are a safe bet for affordable craft beer. Scout out social media for specials.

Follow MLT’s Main Course blog at www.mainlinetoday.com. It’s your source for the most current food deals, chef’s tastings and dining news.

IT’S ALMOST ANNIVERSARY TIME: In just six months, Main Line Today will kick off its 20th year with a series of initiatives highlighted by April 2016’s Main Line Today Cares, a special event where we’ll honor 20 local philanthropists for their exceptional efforts in making our region a better place to live, work and play. Know of someone who deserves consideration? Visit www.mainlinetoday.com/MLT-Cares, and make your nomination official. 

Look for more details in the coming months.

Our Best of the Main Line & Western Suburbs Party is July 25!