In these cash-strapped times, it's comforting to know that a high-end three-course meal downtown can go for the same price as a government muffin.
Mark your calendar for DineLA Fall Restaurant Week(s), actually two weeks of deals over a whopping 307 local eateries from Santa Monica to South Central.
Dine upscale for less at favorites like Drago, JiRaffe, and Casa Vega, and get a taste of hot newbies from the Obama-approved Fig & Olive to Picca and Scarpetta Beverly Hills.
Snag a rez now by choosing from three dining categories (Deluxe, Premier, and Fine Dining) with three-course prix fixe menus from $16-$28 at lunch and $26-$44 at dinner.
Cut an additional $5 off your meal when you check in using foursquare and pay with your Amex card (instant $5 credit).
Paying with credit?
It's more American than those senatorial muffins.