The basic idea is that you can buy a gift certificate to a restaurant at a deeply discounted price. The restaurant gets a customer they might not have otherwise, and you get a cheaper meal. There is usually some sort of clause on it (can't be used on Valentine's Day, you must spend at least $35, minimum of two entrees, etc).
Bart and I are big fans.
We bought a few for when we went to San Francisco, we used it several times in Texas, and now we're thrilled to be in Boston where they have about 100 participating restaurants.
On Friday night, we went down to Back Bay and wandered along until we found the restaurant we'd bought our gift certificate to earlier in the week (a $25 gift certificate for $3).
The restaurant was Kashmir, a reasonably upscale Indian restaurant and we sat outside, where the weather was perfect. Because this restaurant had a dollar amount we had to spend, rather than a minimum number of entrees, we only ordered one entree and then a bunch of appetizers and side dishes to take us up to $35.
- Tiny cups of Tomato and Coconut Soup (complimentary)
- Vegetable Pakoras (chopped vegetables rolled in crushed chickpea batter and fried).
- Aloo Tikki (little fried potato patties with cold chopped vegetables and sauce over the top)
- Chicken Tikka Masala
- Naan Bread (Bart said it was the best naan he's ever had)
- Apricot and Coconut stuffed Naan bread (I always want to try the sweet naan bread at any Indian restaurant).
Plus, our entire dinner, including the cost of the gift certificate, taxes, and a generous tip (on the pre-discounted bill) was only $26. Hard to beat.