Houstonians eating up restaurant deals

January 15, 2009 6:21:36 PM PST
If you're eating out less to save money you may want to take advantage of several specials being offered by Houston restaurants.When you head out shopping, a lot of us go straight to the clearance section to save. Some restaurants are catching on to that retail trend and offering meals at 30% to 50% and Houstonians are taking advantage.

Prima Pasta is a neighborhood Italian restaurant where loyal customers come back again and again.

But that's not the only reason why Melody Garcia comes in. She, like many other customers, is taking advantage of the $5.99 lasagna. It's available for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

"They are getting a good deal, if they go to a fast food place, it costs them more," said Mohamed Akbarr of Prima Pasta.

Akbarr says since he launched the special late last year, he has seen his business profits increase by 25%. It's a move he made to boost business during the downturn in the economy.

"It goes up and down but every time something happens we just have to deal with it somehow," Akbarr said.

Over at Pappasitos it's half price fajitas for two, beef/chicken combinations, with all the trimmings guacamole, pico de gallo, rice, beans and flour tortillas.

Wednesday night fajitas for two people are half price. It costs $16.25.

While Pappasitos tells us they are not struggling financially, they want to keep a steady stream of traffic through the door.

"As things kind of tighten up nationally, I feel like Houston is pretty insulated, like you said we are doing quite well, it gives you an incentive to come in," said Pappasitos' general manager Erik Barrow.

"I think is a great incentive, because Houston has not seen tons of the effects, to keep people going out, anything they do is positive," said customer Emily Picheloue.

At chili's Mathew Numann is taking advantage of the express lunch special.

For $6.79, you can load up on soup, salad and chips. It's all you can eat and you can mix and match soups and salads.

"For $6.79 in today's economy being able to go out and have that much food for that price is really not heard of," said Chili's manager James Lightfoot.

The manager here at Chili's says about two-thirds of his customers are ordering the lunch special.

"With hard times you try to save anywhere you can," said customer Matthew Numann.

These are not the only restaurants offering deals, the Brazilian steak house Fuegovivo Churrascaria is offering a 15% discount to their customers seven days a week. Barcena's Mexican Restaurant in Friendswood is offering their customers a special every week for 50% off and Carino's Italian grill has dinner for two for $19.99, it includes a salad and dessert.

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