On one of the message boards that I frequent, a poster recommended restaurant.com. It is a website that offers gift certificates to local restaurants at a discounted price. For example, there is a $25 gift certificate available to a favorite steakhouse of ours called Jess and Jim's....but we would only have to pay like $4.
Of course some of these places have restrictions if you use the gift certificates from restaurant.com. At Jess and Jim's they require a $50 minimum purchase and it has to be used for dinner. Justin and I would easily meet the $50 minimum there for dinner, but we would only pay $30 plus tip. Seems like a great deal to me.
The person who posted this website also said you can find coupon codes for even more discounts (i.e. %50 off the price or even %80 off the price). Definitely worth checking into more coupon codes - which I hope everyone is doing for ANY online purchase because you can save a ton by doing just a little bit of research.
I am definitely going to do a bit more investigating. Living in the Kansas City Metro opens up a lot of great "local" restaurants that we are going to get to try with the help of this website.
All you do is enter your zip code and it will pull up the restaurants that are offered. Just beware of the restrictions, but for the most part they are nothing too terrible. From what I can tell, they are all local restaurants and not the major chains - which will be nice to support the local owners during this horrible time in our economy.
Enjoy the site! Feel free to comment back on the deals you are able to find on there.