Courtney Tompkins January 22, 2009Dinner for 2, on a budget There’s an article in today’s Des Moines Register showing 10 tabs at local restaurants – each offers a meal for 2 at less than $50 (sometimes less than $40). They include 2 entrees, 2 drinks & tip. The list shows a variety of types of restaurants. Check it out! From the list, I’ve got some places to try. I can highly recommend Thai Flavors, Firkin & Fox (now closed), Star Bar & Court Avenue Brewing. YUM! (SIDE NOTE: let this be a reminder – do you need to make special ‘for 2’ plans for Valentine’s Day??)Also in today’s entertainment section was a feature on Manhattan Deli. This place has been around forever and is in walking distance from DMU. This is old-school deli goodness, folks. Try it out! 3 responses to “Dinner for 2, on a budget” Though not mentioned in the article, all the restaurants mentioned are locally owned and operated. With the current economic state, it’s more important than ever to support local businesses – they are struggling to stay open and pay their employees. Keeping your money local boosts the area’s economy – every dollar kept locally is spent in the area 7 times, on average.Instead of going to Applebee’s or Friday’s for dinner, why not go to Gateway Market, Star Bar or Court Ave. Brewing? You can get better food for about the same price, and the money spent stays locally. Some restaurants, like Django, don’t charge a wine corkage fee, so you can bring your own bottle of wine.Bill McKibben’s book Deep Economy is full of reasons to shop locally. It’s a great read.Log in to Reply We love the Manhattan Deli here at Koch Facial Plastic Surgery! Its legacy in our neighborhood is as rich and iconic as our Firehouse #12 office building on 40th! Great post for the ‘hood, Courtney – thanks!Log in to Reply Thai Flavors is some of the best Asian food around – I have stopped ordering Chinese food, and we (my husband and two yr old daughter) really enjoy Thai Flavors. The service is always great – and they have a new location in Ankeny! We LOVE that place!Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.