Friday, March 26, 2010
Special Feature: www.diningperks.com
What foodie doesn't like discounted meals or dining at new and/or unfamiliar restaurants? Diningperks.com makes this easy for you.
I wanted to pass along this secret to other Atlanta foodies. Diningperks.com features about a dozen restaurants (and a couple golf courses) in the Atlanta and North Georgia areas. You can purchase diningperks certificates that are worth $10 but cost you only $5, and $25 diningperks that cost you only $12.50. Basically this means you can dine for half price. The restaurant list is updated regularly, so be sure and check the website.
Many of you are probably familiar with restaurant.com, which has a much longer list of restaurants than diningperks. However, when you purchase a coupon from restaurant.com it can only be used at one specific restaurant, whereas diningperks can be used at any restaurant on their list. Also, restaurant.com coupons often exclude things like alcohol or require you to redeem them at certain time, like lunch or dinner. There's no such restrictions on diningperks.
One more difference between restaurant.com and diningperks is that with the former you can print the coupon immediately after you've purchased it. Diningperks mails you the savings certificates. I have never waited for more than 2 days to receive my certs, and I've placed at least twenty orders over the last five years, but keep in mind you're always at the mercy of our dear U.S. postal service. To be on the safe side, place your order a week prior to your anticipated dining time. (Note: the diningperks come in an envelope from "Atlanta Publishing Group". This is not junk mail, it's your coupons!)
Finally, don't forget to tip your server based on the full amount of your check before the discount. If you're still confused about appropriate tipping, see my previous two posts on this subject.
So, go ahead and take a risk on an unfamiliar restaurant. If it turns out to be awful, you haven't spent that much money testing it out. If it turns out to be great, you've just scored a great deal.
Verdict: A cool outlet for coupons for North Georgia restaurants.