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Burlington is many things. Sadly, cheap ain’t one of them. Eating out, especially, can bust your wallet as easily as your gut. That’s why we’ve rounded up some tried-and-true specials offered at local bars and restaurants. Whether you’re looking to get rowdy — with, say, $1 pints — or class it up for date night with $1 oysters, read on for our recs for eating on the cheap, any day of the week. wg

Daily Specials BISTRO DINNER, LEUNIG’S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Every day from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

and the last hour before closing, Church Street’s Frenchiest spot offers a twocourse dinner for $17.50. Start with a bowl of soup au pistou, then move on to salade Niçoise, steak frites or a hearty boeuf Bourguignon. Can’t pronounce any of that? The delicious food, classy atmosphere and small(er) bill are worth the embarrassment of trying.

HAPPY HOUR, HEN OF THE WOOD: Enjoy $1 oysters daily from 4 to 5 p.m. and 10 to 11 p.m. at this farm-to-table Burlington institution.


EARLY-BIRD SPECIAL, BLUEBIRD BARBECUE: This barbecue joint serves up early-bird specials from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. If you’re in the mood to share, $30 will get you three half-portions of meat and four sides. Or $10 scores you a sturdy burger topped with bacon jam, cheddar, secret sauce and pickles — plus a side.

Unified Press, a year-round off-dry cider.

DINNER AND A MOVIE, THE DAILY PLANET: Dine at this hip downtown

Head to the DAILY PLANET for $6 burgers and a $4 craft beer.

restaurant — loved by locals since 1982 — and get half off a same-night movie ticket at Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas, just a block away.

HAPPY HOUR, THE SCUFFER TAP & TABLE: Appetizers — think poutine,

alehouse chili and lamb “cigars” — are half-price between 4 and 6 p.m. every Monday through Friday.

Monday CITIZEN CIDER pours $3 drafts of

Margaritas are $5 and sweet-potato nachos are $8 at the GRYPHON. Hop on over to CHURCH STREET TAVERN for half-price wings. Taco Monday — why not? EL GATO CANTINA charges just $2 for chicken or beef tacos.

Sip on a bottle of wine at VIN BAR & SHOP at one-third the usual price. The DAILY PLANET deals in $2 tacos, $2 tequila shots and $2 Tecate bottles. Nearly all wine pours at OAK45 in Winooski are just $5. Get $2 off any mac and cheese at

OUR HOUSE BISTRO in Winooski. Order the beer on special at the ARCHIVES and get four free tokens to use on arcade games.

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