Cheap Eats

This Week in Cheap Eats: Free Fries, Marination’s New Happy Hour, More

Dining on a dime? We’ve got you covered.

By Jessica Voelker August 18, 2011

June in Madrona: Home of the $7 pickled beef tongue sandwich.

Photo: June via Facebook

Happy Hour News
Aloha, inexpensive beer: Hawaiian-Korean fun food destination Marination Station has jumped aboard the happy hour train. The HH runs Monday through Friday from 2 to 5pm. Buy two sliders or tacos, get a third free. Oh, and your Primo lager from Hawaii costs $2.

Free Food Alerts
This Friday, August 19 Boka will offer free pretzel dogs from 11:30am to 1:30pm. And since it’s the third Friday of the month, French fries are free at Pike Street Fish Fry, and New Belgium pints—Fat Tire and Blue Paddle Pilsner this month—are $2. That’s from 5 to 7pm; pick up your fries at Pike Street or Moebar next door.

Cheap Eat of the Week
This week’s featured cheap eat is the pickled beef tongue sandwich at June in Madrona, $7 during happy hour (weekdays, 5-7pm). People, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Especially those of you that are carnivorous yet environmentally inclined, because learning to love the oft-discarded parts is how we’re going to pull this whole meat-eating thing off, isn’t it? And there’s nothing to fear, the tongue is amazingly tender and tasty, and the sandwich in which it’s stuffed—aioli smeared on the toast, a healthy handful of arugula—is hearty enough for a light dinner.

Healthy Cheap Eat of the Week
Packed with protein but low in calories and fat, tofu is all kinds of good for you. But most restaurants like to deep-fry it—delicious, but certainly less virtuous from a nutritional standpoint. At Tamarind Tree, however, the tofu satay is grilled with lemongrass, onion, and garlic, and served with an addictive soy dipping sauce. An order of these awesome soy-on-a-stick snacks is $3.95 at lunch; $5 at dinner. Bargain.

Further reading: The Seattle Times’s Nancy Leson’s has a whole thing on tofu this week.

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