Like having fun and not wasting money? I do too. Here are the 20 coolest weekly deals in Charlotte.
RuRu’s: $5 “Friend Zone” and “Magic Mike” margaritas on Mondays
Margarita breakdown: RuRu’s Friend Zone — tequila, agave, line juice, orange juice with a salted rim (normally $8.75); and Magic Mike (skinny margarita) — tequila, agave, lime juice, no salt (normally $9.25).
O-Ku: Half-priced sushi rolls on Mondays and Wednesdays
Fine Print: 5-7 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday
What to order: Red Dragon Roll (normally $14) — Tempura shrimp, avocado, spicy crab mix, eel sauce and crunch. Their other two most popular rolls are the Salmon & Lemon Roll and the Spicy Rainbow Roll.
Don’t forget: O-Ku’s new sister restaurant named Sukoshi in Uptown offers 50 percent off any remaining sushi in their grab-and-go coolers from 5-7 p.m. daily.
The Crunkleton: $1 raw oysters on Mondays
Dinner: If you’re staying for dinner, go with their “A Really Good Burger” and finish up on the meal with The Crunkleton’s Campfire S’mores for dessert.
Cocktail: Order “The Painkiller Cocktail” (rum base obviously) or the “A Dusty Cactus” to wash down the oysters.
Sycamore Brewing: 24-ounce mug fill ups for pint prices ($6 or $6.50)
How it works: It’s members only, but becoming a member is easy — you just have to purchase a $30 mug at their taproom or online.
Quote: “The Monday vibe in the taproom is really cool — it’s a slower pace and guests get a chance to relax and talk to our bartenders about our beer in a laid-back relaxing environment,” Sycamore Brewing co-owner Sarah Taylor Brigham told the Agenda.
Picante: $5.75 burritos and burrito bowls on Tuesdays
Quote: “We’ll do 1,000 on busy Tuesdays,” owner Anthony Deresh told the Agenda.
Sabor: $1 tacos on Tuesdays
Don’t forget: They also do $1 tacos from 3-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. And on Fridays they do $5 margaritas. Taco lover? Here’s the Agenda’s taco Tuesday guide.
For the kids: Kids eat free on Wednesdays.
Quote: “I’d like to take over Chipotle, and I’d like Sabor to be the best at fast casual,” owner Dalton Dalton Espaillat told the Agenda. “The United States doesn’t have great Latin American cuisine. Many Americans have never even had an Arepa.”
Dilworth Tasting Room: Free cheese and charcuterie plate with any wine flight on Tuesdays
Details: The wine flight includes three 3-ounce pours. $20 for white and $25 for red.
Don’t forget: Half off select rosé on Thursday nights.
JJ’s Red Hots: $2 hot dogs on Tuesdays
Fine Print: The special is available all day at JJ’s Uptown location and after 3 p.m. at their Ballantyne and Dilworth locations.
Selection: You can choose from all their hot dogs, including their signature dogs, dog of the week and hall of fame hot dogs. Need help decided? Go with their #1 most popular, The Char Heel (below), with house-made chili, slaw, diced onions and yellow mustard (normally $4.29).
Reid’s Fine Foods: Almost half priced steakburger on Tuesdays
Details: The 8-ounce Steakburger is made from filet mignon, sirloin, and ribeye from the award-winning butcher shop at Reid’s, and is ground in-house. Reid’s gives you the option to choose your cheese, two toppings and a side. The meal will run you $8.50 on Tuesdays (normally $15).
Volume: About 300 each Wednesday.
Roasting Company: $9.49 pot pie special on Wednesdays
Volume: The Central Avenue location cranks out 100 every Wednesday and Montford does even more. Once they’re gone, they’re gone — on many Wednesdays, the Montford location can run out of pot pies as early as 1 p.m.
8.2.0: $20 cheese and charcuterie board and two glasses of wine on Wednesdays
Don’t forget: If you aren’t feeling regular wine, you can choose two glasses of craft sangria.
Harris Teeter South End: $11.99 one-pound lobster, baked potato and corn on the cob on Wednesdays
Details: Get there early for the lobster. They’ve been known to sell out and go through around 60 each night. Oh, and it’s also $3 local drafts on Wednesdays.
Don’t forget: Harris Teeter South End also does a prime rib dinner special with oven-roasted potatoes and fresh vegetables for $9.99 on Thursdays.
Craft: $6 cheese and charcuterie plates on Wednesdays
Details: The charcuterie includes olives and prosciutto while the cheese board has two local cheeses with fruit. Both come with locally baked bread, and both are only $6 on Wednesdays.
Did you know: Craft is building a sister cocktail bar named Lincoln St Kitchen & Cocktails next door.
Suffolk Punch: All beers at $3 on Thursdays and Sundays
Go with: A Patchwork Orange, a super tasty American IPA (5.7% abv).
Did you know: In North Carolina, you can’t do “happy hour” specials, so restaurants and bars have to keep the same price for the entire day. So yes, it’s $3 beers all day on Thursdays and Sundays at Suffolk Punch.
French Quarter: $8.50 baked chicken special on Thursdays
What’s included: Juicy baked chicken, homemade mashed potatoes, brown gravy and broccoli served with garlic bread and iced tea for only $8.50.
Volume: On a busy Thursday they’ll do about 250.
Fine print: All white meat is another 55 cents.
Resident Culture: Half-priced bottles of wine on Thursdays
Background: Yes, we know you go to Resident Culture for their beer, but they recently launched a curator wine program. Orrman’s Cheese Shop plates are available as well.
Pricing: Wines by the glass range from $8 to $12 and bottles range from $30 to $78 (before the special).
Seoul Food Meat Co.: $1 sides from 4-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday
Selection: Choose from 21 sides including fan favorites like kimchi fries, baked ram ‘n cheese and Philly egg roll.
Upstream: $24.95 unlimited sushi from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the bar and patio on Thursdays
Selection: Choose from 8 options, ranging from spicy salmon to spicy tuna crunch to their popular “Snap, Crackle & Pop” roll.
Don’t forget: Upstream also offers unlimited sushi (lunch only) for $18 with select rolls.
Unlimited sushi: Other popular unlimited sushi options include Ru San’s, Pisces, Mr. Tokyo and Umami.
Reid’s: Half priced bottles of wine on Saturdays
Don’t forget: Half off wines by the glass on Wednesdays.
Cheese setup: Select four cheese and charcuterie options for $19 or six for $22. Boards are served with pickled vegetables, mustard, nuts, dried fruits, honey, crostini and crackers.
Corkbuzz: Half-priced champagne on Saturdays and Sundays
Don’t forget: On Mondays, enjoy a bottle at the store and take a second one home for free.