The restaurant Blue Plate Special came to popularity during the Great Depression. While our Great Recession seems to be getting better, that doesn't mean we can't still save a couple bucks while eating well. Sac Mag's Cathy Cassinos-Carr gives us a couple "restaurants serving daily lunch specials that fit the profile: budget-friendly comfort food served in places that could be on TV’s 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.'"
The Place: de Vere's Irish Pub (1521 L St.; deverespub.com)
The Lowdown: This is not a grubby pub, so it doesn’t fit our parameters exactly. But it offers some decent deals, and the food is comfort-y.
The Special: Half-sandwich combo (tuna, pastrami, chicken or Reuben) with soup, chips or crisps (11 a.m.–4 p.m. weekdays)
Taste-Test: Delicious, not-too-fatty hot pastrami, oozing with fontina cheese; creamy broccoli soup was tasty, too
Price Tag: $8.99
Also Noted: State workers (with ID) get a 15 percent discount on weekday lunches. Another bargain: A yummy Irish stew with brown bread is just $7.99.
The piece also features dishes from Sammy's Restaurant on Del Paso Blvd, Roxie Deli & Grocery on C St in East Sac, and Market Club on Fifth St. south of Broadway.
Read the entire article in Sac Mag.
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