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March 8, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CST
We’re kicking off the Insider’s Guide by letting you in on some of the hottest deals around. No matter the day of the week, there are always deals around town from appetizers and drinks to coffee and sweets. Hopefully after trying some of these, you’ll be able to keep your wallet full with cash to spare. So now just ask yourself: deal or no deal?
Colosseum Bistro Munch on a variety of appetizers from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday while watching your favorite team on one of many televisions.
Addison’s Every night from 10 to midnight, enjoy half-off appetizers. Most popular are the Sweet Potato Chips served with creamy barbecue horseradish sauce and the Nacho Bianco topped with the works. According to the menu, they’re the customers’ favorites.
Gaucho’s Steakhouse Bar and Tapas Not just one but two happy hours. From 4 to 7 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m., there are half-off appetizers. Dishes to taste are the beef kabobs marinated in paprika, wine, mustard and herbs or the roasted potatoes in a spicy “mojo picon” sauce with the signature aioli.
Heidelberg If you enjoy a wide variety of bar food, head to Heidelberg between 4 and 7 p.m. or 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. for two-for-one appetizers.
Everett’s Steakhouse Stuff yourself silly with all-you-can-eat crab legs on Sundays after 4 p.m. The cost is $19.95 and includes the crab legs, salad and a side item.
Bambino’s On Mondays, indulge in endless pasta and unlimited house salads for $7.95.
HuHot For weekday lunches head here for an all-you-can-eat stir-fry buffet for $7.49.
Campus Bar and Grill Dollar burgers and fries offer a guilt-free reason to be at a bar on Sunday.
Lee Street Deli For only $2, the nacho burger will remind you of eating sloppy joes when you were a kid.
Nikai Mediterranean Grill The cheeseburger meal deal during lunch includes fries and is a steal at only $3.75.
Sky Hi Bar and Grill Customize your own burgers on Sundays just the way you like for $2.
Ernie’s Café and Steak House Great-priced breakfast meals are served here for under $5. Try the eggs, toast, hash browns, drink and choice of ham, bacon or sausage for $4.75 until 10 a.m. or the biscuits and gravy for $1.25.
Upper Crust Bakery On weekends, it serves a brunch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can get made-to-order omelets, eggs benedict or Belgian waffles, all of which are served with a choice of side item.
Cold Stone Creamery Tuesday nights, show a student ID and get a two-for-one deal. You can order creations such as Birthday Cake Remix and Oreo Overload, or come up with your own creation.
Shake’s Frozen Custard With any purchase at the ’60s-themed creamery, you get a free “pup cup” of custard as a doggie treat for your canine friend.
Shakespeare’s If you have a large crowd to feed, pizza is always a safe bet. When you buy eight or more 16-inch pizzas, you get 15 percent knocked off your entire order.
Wise Guys Pizza With the beat-the-clock pizza deal, order a large cheese pizza between 5 and 7 p.m., and your price will be the time of day.
Moe’s Southwest Grill Ordering off the children’s menu offers a much better surprise than a cheap plastic toy: With the purchase of a kid’s meal, 21 and older customers get a free beer.
Bad day? Need a drink? Some days require a little alcohol. Here are the best drink deals for every night of the week.
Quinton’s Drink with style during $2.75 Martini Madness from 5 to 10 p.m.
McNally’s If Tuesday has you down, head here for two-for-one well drinks.
Cody’s Three great deals with $1 long necks, $2 well drinks and $3 to get whatever alcohol you’re craving.
Harpo’s Drinking beer just got a whole lot cheaper: Buy a draft cup of beer here on Thursday for a quarter.
Fieldhouse A $10 entry fee gets you in the door and a cup that you can fill with whatever you want until midnight.
Deuce Pub and Pit Get a buzz for cheap with $1.75 wells and $3.25 double wells from 3 to 7 p.m.
Old Chicago Come after 10 p.m., and get in that last drink before the hectic week begins with 10 oz. drafts of Bud Light, Bud and Coors for $1.
You can’t always find a deal in every restaurant. These places either leave customers hungry or their wallets empty.
Osaka Order a hibachi combo, and pay a flat rate of $21 before the extra fees for filet, lobster and fried rice. Essentially you’re paying more for a combo of meats but getting the same amount of food.
Café Berlin You might have to spend extra money on two meals just so the kid’s aren’t whining for more when they get half of a grilled cheese or a small burrito for $3.
Hooters Stick with the burger deals, otherwise you’ll find yourself paying for every additional topping to this patty.