Times are hard these days. This is my humble attempt to shed light on some of the deals and special events area restaurants are offering to help diners (and the restaurants themselves) deal with this economy. I’m going to try to do this post once or twice a week. So, if you own, run, work at, or frequent a restaurant that is doing bargain grub, or doing some kind of special that is a must-try in any economic climate, hit me up at

Hopefully, this will become a reference point for people who are hitting the town and appreciate a good deal, or just want to try something new and adventurous. I won’t be providing much commentary or opinion, and I don’t want to hear from marketing companies shilling national chains that advertise on network television. Let’s keep this mostly local, fresh, and pun free.

In no particular order, here’s what I got this week:

Grace (777 Main St. FW 76102 phone: 817-877-3388) Mon through Thursday is featuring their “Wine Me, Dine Me” dinner of four courses accompanied by four wines for $49.

Buttons (4701 W. Freeway FW 76109 phone: 817-735-4900): is serving up Blues Monday for all of those who have the recession Blues.  In addition to live blues music, they’re offering $15 chicken and waffles, $3 drafts and half-price appetizers at happy hour on Mondays.

The Covey Restaurant and Brewery (3010 South Hulen St. FW 76110 phone: 731-7933) is having a beer and food pairing extravaganza (their words, not mine) on May 30 at 7pm. The dinner is $59.99 per person and includes a four-course pre fixe dinner with loads of house-brewed beer.

Hedary’s Mediteranian Restaurant (6323 Camp Bowie Blvd. FW 76116 phone: 817-731-6961) is serving up a $5.99 daily lunch special. Neither their web site nor the person who answered the phone there offered much more information.

Pop’s Safari Room (2929 Morton St. FW 76107 phone: 817-877-0916) is having a free wine tasting from 6:30-8:30 on Tuesday May 26. On Thursday May 21, as in tomorrow, they’re having an English prime rib dinner sponsored by Pyramid Beer. It’s $89.99 per couple, booze included.

Bistro Louise (2900 S. Hulen St. FW 76109 phone: 817-922-9244): is doing a buy-one-get-one free entrée Tuesday through Thursday, reservations only. Tuesday is also half price wine night. (Disclaimer: I work at Bistro Louise as well as at the Weekly, but they won’t be getting any special treatment here.)

Café Aspen (6103 Camp Bowie Blvd. FW 76116 phone: 817-738-3277) is celebrating 20 years in business by rolling back the price of beef tenderloin to $12.95. Only the first 20 patrons are eligible. Dinner service starts at 5:30. Well drinks are $3 until June.