The most amazing cheap(er) eats resource in L.A. and N.Y.

by Kelsey
Mozza2Go pizza boxes

Here’s what you’ve got to do:

1. Go to
2. Type in your little email.
3. Click subscribe.
4. Remember to snag those coupons the day they come out, and eat better than you ever have before.

“BlackboardEats is a free e-mail and website delivering exclusive deals on restaurants handpicked by seasoned food editors. We also highlight the best food-related specials LA and NY have to offer, including prix fixe discounts, tasting events, weekly dinner bargains and more.

Unlike other sites that focus on the newest openings, BlackboardEats features both hot spots and hidden gems—some of which are new, some of which have been around for years. And we cover everything from the fancy to the no-frillsjust as long as the place rocks.”
— From the “About” section

To give you a taste, in the past couple of weeks, I’ve gotten a 30% off coupon to Mozza2Go (where I’ve been dying to go but have stubbornly balked at the idea of $15 paninis and $12 green beans — I know, I know, I’m really cheap), and a 30% to La Cabañita in Glendale (where I didn’t know I really wanted to go but do now). Already BlackBoardEats has fulfilled its mission to “feature both hot spots and hidden gems.” Applause.

Now, I’m not saying these are even in spitting-range of the low, low, low prices of $1.50 Diddy Riese, Buck Fifty’s, or, goodness forbid, Yamato’s famed happy-hour sushi. Some of them are pretty stinkin amazing restaurants, after all, and the prices reflect that. But for cheapies who still enjoy a little splurge sometimes (as long as the grub is fantastically worth it), this is your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Take note: I missed a good discount to Orris, though, because I hadn’t quite gotten the hang of the system.

To save you from Liz Lemon’s “somebody ate my Sandwich-Day sandwich” feeling (“30 Rock” fans, eh, eh?), here’s the lowdown: when you get an email with an offer, you have to click the link that day to get the deal, or it’s gone forever (until next time).

After that, you can chill: you usually have a month to use it once you’ve obtained.

Tried a restaurant that changed your life and all the credit goes to a heads-up from Or do you hate the emails because you procrastinate and are just left with the feeling of regret for the food you didn’t get cheaply? Leave us a comment below.

Photo Bite: Mozza2Go

Photo licensed for use under Creative Commons. Credit: pneyu

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