Dollar-Wise Gourmet: Dinner Deals for Every Day of the Week


SUNDAYHead to Winters for “Yolo Prime Sunday” at the carnivorously legendary Buckhorn Steakhouse. For $14 for adults and $7 for kids, you get two meaty entrees—char roasted prime sirloin, smoked sausage, St. Louis-style ribs or herb-roasted chicken—plus two sides, including baked beans, mac and cheese, broccoli bacon salad, fire-roasted artichoke and seasonal veggies. Based on past experience, I’m guessing there will be a doggie bag (or two) to bring home, too. 2 Main St., Winters; (530) 795- 4503; 

MONDAYA plentiful platter of tasty Greek fare at more-than-fair prices is a nightly dinner deal at Cafe Europa, a hidden gem tucked away in a strip mall. Whether you choose lamb kabob ($15.25), chicken kabob ($14.25) or gyro meat ($14.25), the rest of this spectacular spread remains the same: rice pilaf, spanakopita, dolmas, green beans in tomato sauce and your choice of soup (classic avgolemono or lentil) or salad. Pita bread and wonderfully garlicky tzatziki sauce also come with the meal. 1537 Howe Ave.; (916) 779-0737; 

TUESDAYTen22 in Old Sacramento offers a beautiful Tuesday bargain with its $16 fried chicken special. The generous half chicken is country-fried and served with mashed potatoes, cornbread and greens. On a mild summer night, you can enjoy it all at a languid pace on Ten22’s pretty back patio. 1022 Second St.; (916) 441-2211; 

WEDNESDAYThe charming Danielle’s Creperie serves a $17 Wednesday-night special that is truly French: A bottomless glass of chablis or burgundy is included. Even without the wine, it’s a sweet deal, complete with crepe of your choice, salad or soup (including Danielle’s famous French onion) and vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt. Oh, and one more perk: You can drizzle your dessert with hot fudge, chocolate or caramel topping. 3535 Fair Oaks Blvd.; (916) 972-1911; danielles 

THURSDAYRudy’s Hideaway, you can hide away this unbeatable bargain no more: On Thursday nights, this Rancho Cordova warhorse serves a live 1-pound Maine lobster for $18.95. It comes with a choice of French fries or coleslaw, plus hot sourdough bread. (Who needs the seaside when you’ve got the suburbs?) 12303 Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova; (916) 351-0606; 

FRIDAYMidtown’s Revolution Wines offers a fantastic $15 Friday night nosh-a-thon that pairs a glass of wine with a creatively concocted seasonal meal. (The menu changes weekly.) A recent example: scallop and shrimp seviche, housemade tortilla chips with avocado mango salsa, and a glass of sauvignon blanc. Word of warning: It’s popular, so get there early. 2831 S St.; (916) 444-7711; 

SATURDAYGet down with some down-home cooking at Sandra Dee’s BBQ & Seafood. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, specials include the fried pork chop ($14) and beef ribs ($16), rounded out with two Southern sides including sweet and spicy corn, red beans and rice, collard and mustard greens, mac and cheese and hush puppies. Cornbread comes with the spread. The popular midtown eatery offers amazing bargains on other nights, too, including two all-you-can-eat events: rib tips on Tuesdays and catfish nuggets on Wednesdays—both $15. 601 15th St.; (916) 448-6375; sandradees