|Written by Susan Golis|
If you love the intimate bistro, specialty steakhouse or fine French foods then learn how you can enjoy your meal without going out of your budget. You do not have to pass up your favorite restaurant for dining spots that offer discounted price fixed meals.Â With some careful planning you can enjoy fine dining on a budget
Research the fine dining restaurants in your area.Â Do this by looking at the dining guide in your local newspaper or research the best dining establishments in your area online. Look for dinner specials or special events.Â Many fine dining restaurants will offer reduced entrĂ©e prices during the off season or they may offer entrĂ©e specials that are lower priced than the menu items.
Another way to find out more about the fine dining restaurants is to call the establishment and ask them what their specials.Â While o the phone with the restaurant host or hostess, ask if they would fax or email you their dinner menu.Â This menu will help you to determine your budget for your fine dinner.
Peruse the menuâ€™s starters; appetizers, and salads.Â Appetizers are generally smaller portions of entrees and they are priced less than a dinner portion.
Determine if these food categories and costs work with your budget and if they do then make a dinner reservation for yourself and your dinner companion.
Cocktails at a fine dining restaurant can be very costly so make a plans go for cocktails at another establishment before your dinner reservation.Â Choose a spot that offers their patrons two for one.Â Enjoy your two for one drink specials without breaking your.Â You can opt for coffee or tea as your after dinner drinks at the fine dining restaurant or you could plan to stop off for a coffee at your favorite cafĂ©.
To keep within your budget, order an appetizer and a dinner salad or an appetizers and al a carte starch or vegetable. Then order dessert and split it with your companion. Drink water, coffee or tea.Â Coffee and tea usually have complimentary refill.
1.Â The appetizer is generally served with dinner rolls so this food combination would be tasteful and would satisfy your appetite
2.Â Enjoy a night of fine food and beverages without breaking your budget by having a plan.
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