Cheap Eats 2014: Foie Gras Wishes on a Burger Budget

Want to dine at upscale restaurants but save some cash? Try these tricks for scoring a less expensive meal.

Be a lady—or lad—who lunches
Some of the best deals are found midday. Monday through Friday at the bar at Restaurant Eve (110 S. Pitt St., Alexandria; 703-706-0450), the “lickity split” lunch includes an entrée plus a cocktail, glass of wine, or dessert for $15.

Dine pre-theater
Not going to a show? No problem. Most pre-theater menus are available to all.

Go high-end for happy hour
Even top-tier restaurants have deals. Ditch discount Bud in favor of $6.75 Sazeracs and bar snacks such as bánh mì sliders at Vidalia (1990 M St., NW; 202-659-1990), where happy hour runs weekdays from 5 to 7.

Pull up a barstool
Certain restaurants have budget-friendly prix fixe menus at the bar. We love chef Tom Power’s $30 three-course menu at Corduroy (1122 Ninth St., NW; 202-589-0699).

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