Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Let's Make a Deal

There's been a boom in the number of websites that allow diners to save money at gluten free-friendly restaurants in the Philadelphia area. Among the first sites to offer that opportunity were Open Table and Restaurant.com. Open Table is a free reservations system that allows diners to earn 100 - and as many as 1,000 - points for every completed reservation. Two thousand points nets you a $20 gift certificate to any restaurant that offers the service. Accommodating eateries in the Delaware Valley include 10 Arts, Amada, blueplate, Casona, Davio's, Iron Hill Brewery, Legal Sea Foods, The Melting Pot, Pod, Seasons 52, Zahav, along with dozens of others.

Restaurant.com has monthly discounted coupons to places like Chima, Filomena Cucina Rustica, Max & David's, Penne and The Reef. Many come with date and time limitations, though, so be sure to read the fine print.

In a similar vein are sites like Half Off Depot, Philly Half Off, and PhilaDEALphia, offering a limited number of money-off coupons for local restaurants, attractions and services. Philly Half Off, for example, recently posted a deal for Fogo de Chao and currently has offers for Blackbird and the Handcrafted Cookie Company. Philly Dealyo's past deals included discounts at Mom's Bake At Home Pizza and Kidare's.

The latest trend is one-deal-per-day sites like Groupon, Living Social and Philly Dealyo. Restaurants work their way into the mix here.

If you don't have time to check in with all of the deal sites, most offer email notices or you can stop at deal-website aggregator Deal Radar, which links to many of them.
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