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Bargain Bites

The Great Recession is tightening everyone's purse strings—so we've tracked down tasty bargains for each and every day of the week. Who says you can't afford to eat out? With these amazing deals, you can't afford not to.

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MONDAY

Hit Brasserie Felix for Monday Mussel Madness—the Berkeley spot serves half-price mussels and half-price select wines. 3901 Tennyson St., 303-953-2401

Have your pick of the wine cellar at Mel’s Bar and Grill in Greenwood Village, where all bottles are 50 percent off (with the purchase of an entrée). 5970 S. Holly St., Greenwood Village, 303-777-8223

Flash back with Vesta Dipping Grill‘s classics menu, where all-time favorites are offered for $52.80 (for two) as a three-course meal. Think Memphis dry-rub ribs with coleslaw and harissa-roasted half chicken with coconut milk-mint couscous. 1822 Blake St., 303-296-1970

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a $1 bag of treats from the Cookie Lady (aka the Santa Fe Cookie Company). Each bag holds three. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, 303 16th St., 303-623-0919

TUESDAY

Drive to the top of Lookout Mountain for a steak dinner at the historic Cody Inn. On Tuesdays, a 12-ounce New York strip, salad, baked potato, and rolls are as affordable as a 10-spot. Reservations recommended, 866 Lookout Mountain Road, Golden, 303-526-0232,

Pop into Happy Cakes for $2 cupcakes (you’ll save about 50 cents). Bonus: The flavors of the day, including snickerdoodle and pineapple upside-down, come out of the oven all day long. 3815 W. 32nd Ave., 303-477-3556

Splurge for lunch at Opus Restaurant—the first drink is on the house. Dine Monday through Friday and sip on complimentary nonalcoholic beverages, specially selected wines (sparkling to Pinot Noir) by the glass, beer (Coors), and vodka, rum, or gin cocktails. 2575 W. Main St., Littleton, 303-703-6787

Hit Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizzeria for lunch, where $9 buys you a 10-inch margherita pizza, an individual house salad, and an iced tea, lemonade, or soft drink. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, 2129 Larimer St., 303-296-7000

WEDNESDAY

Finish the day on Locanda del Borgo‘s patio. From 5 to 7 p.m., a bowl of mussels runs $4.99 and glasses of wine are 25 percent off. 5575 E. Third Ave., 303-388-0282

Treat yourself to Sweet Action Ice Cream‘s happy hour pints. You’ll save a buck while enjoying far-out flavors (blackberry lavender, cinnamon roll), all made with milk from Longmont’s Diamond D Dairy and spices from Savory Spice. 4 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, 52 Broadway, 303-282-4645

Create your own three-course meal (appetizer, entrée, and dessert) at Twelve for $35. The menu changes monthly, but if available, try chef-owner Jeff Osaka’s seasonal take on lamb. Tuesday through Thursday, 2233 Larimer St., 303-293-0287

Grab a seat in Campo de Fiori‘s bar: $18 nabs you a two-course meal (such as calamari and braised lamb with penne), plus a glass of wine or beer. Tuesday through Sunday, 300 Fillmore St., 303-377-7887

THURSDAY

Start your evening with Fuel Café‘s specials on drinks and bargain small plates. The menu changes each month, but expect nibbles such as socca crêpes with Swiss chard, raisins, and pine nuts. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday, 3455 Ringsby Court, Suite 105, 303-296-4642

Meet your lunch date at Parallel Seventeen for the “4 Pho $10” deal, which includes a slider, small bowl of pho, field-green salad, and soda. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, 1600 E. 17th Ave., 303-399-0988

Check out Olivéa from 5 to 7 p.m. (patio and bar seating only) when the Mediterranean spot serves the left side of the menu (charcuterie, flatbreads, apps, and salads) for $5, and all wines by the glass for $5. Sunday through Friday, 719 E. 17th Ave., 303-861-5050

Come hungry to Le Central‘s early happy hour (3 to 5 p.m.). Small plates—smoked salmon, duck confit, carpaccio—go for $2 or less. Thursday through Sunday, 112 E. Eighth Ave., 303-863-8094

FRIDAY

Chow down at Marczyk Fine Foods‘ $6.99 burger night. Every Friday evening until it gets too cold, the market grills Niman Ranch patties on the patio. Weather permitting, 5 to 7:30 p.m., 770 E. 17th Ave., 303-894-9499

Bring in your bike helmet, transit pass, or the keys to your hybrid to Organixx and receive $1 off for being green. 1520 Blake St., 303-825-1550

Take in live jazz and eat for $5 during Dazzle‘s lunch club. The menu includes grilled avocado with chips and a lingonberry-and-Brie grilled cheese. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 930 Lincoln St., 303-839-5100

Settle into happy hour at Double Daughter‘s Salatto for $3.50 draft beers and half-price cocktails. Order a slice from Two-Fisted Mario’s Pizza next door. 5 to 7 p.m., daily, 1632 Market St., 303-623-3505

SATURDAY

Kick off the evening at Delite with half-price eats. Don’t miss the sopes—fried dough, black beans, and salsa. Wash ’em down with daily drink specials. 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, 32 S. Broadway, 303-722-1278

Order off of Brook’s Steak House & Cellar‘s customer appreciation menu. A three-course dinner is $35 per person, and choices include a New York strip, filet mignon, or scallops, plus a starter, side, and dessert. Daily, 6538 S. Yosemite Circle, Greenwood Village, 303-770-1177

Click on the “Shhh” link on Indochine Cuisine‘s Web site, which takes you to the coupon page. Print out deals like free summer rolls. 19751 E. Main St., Parker, 720-851-8559

Hold out for Steuben’s Lucky Five. At 10 p.m., a full-size cheeseburger, fries, and a can of beer costs $5. Daily, 523 E. 17th Ave., 303-830-1001

SUNDAY

Catch a deal at the Brown Palace Hotel’s venerable Ship Tavern. From 2 to 4:30 p.m., enjoy $3 wine and well drinks and half-price apps. Don’t miss the crab cakes or the fresh-fried potato chips with truffle oil and Parmesan. Daily, 321 17th St., 303-297-3111

Discover unbeatable deals on Dixon’s Downtown Grill‘s spacious patio. From 3 to 6 p.m. daily, the downtown restaurant is the home of $3 drinks—Ketel One John Dalys (Arnold Palmer with a shot of vodka), margaritas, and Coronas—and cheapo eats. A host of dishes, including happy hour nachos, mini Philly cheesesteaks, chicken wings, and artichoke dip, run just $3. Daily, 1610 16th St., 303-573-6100

Make reservations for Lala’s Wine Bar + Pizzeria‘s family-style Sunday dinner. The $9.95 per person price tag buys platters of Caesar salad, bruschetta, spaghetti, and pizza. 3 p.m. to close, 410 E. Seventh Ave., 303-861-9463

Take advantage of Bloom’s happy hour (3 to 6 p.m.), where apps and entrées—think grilled artichoke and Paris mustard aïoli or oven-roasted meatloaf and mashed potatoes—are $5, and select wine and well drinks cost $4. Daily, 1 W. Flatiron Crossing Drive, Broomfield, 720-887-2800

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