July 23, 2011

HB Eats: Red Egg and Restaurant.com Tips

Recently when dining on dim sum at Red Egg near Little Italy, I used my first ever Restaurant.com gift certificate.  Restaurant.com is a website offering discount dining gift certificates at a host of participating restaurants across the country.  For example, when you purchase a $25 gift certificate you can receive $35 worth of food-- a 28% discount.  Of course there are certain restrictions, so beware.

Top things to know about Restaurant.com:
1.  You can only use 1 gift certificate per party, per month, per restaurant, even if the party is seated at separate tables.
2.  You CANNOT combine certificates. This really bummed me out!
3.  Some restaurants do not let you use the gift certificates towards drinks.
4.  Redeeming gift certificates may be restricted by day of the week or meal.
5.  If you don't like surprises, read the fine print before booking. All of it! 

Once you get to know the rules, Restaurant.com does have potential for dining savings.  Thanks to my gift certificate I went to a restaurant that I may not have tried otherwise, and I felt less guilty sampling even more dim sum dishes than usual!

Some highlights of the Red Egg dim sum menu were the Red Egg Puff (really a mystery item- hard to describe, but worth trying) and the Roasted pork buns. I also enjoyed the sticky rice in a lotus leaf and the meat skewers. One item from the regular menu that was a bit more money, but awesome, was the Peking Duck sliders.  They make them right at your table which adds to the fun!   

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