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6 top Indianapolis taco deals

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Jan 022015

If this looks like a movie you’d like to watch, you’re probably as crazy about tacos as we are.

If you enjoyed our post about a week’s worth of wings but kept thinking to yourself, “I sure wish they would talk about tacos,” you’re in luck. Here’s our guide to Indianapolis’ best cheap taco deals.

On the Border. All day on Tuesdays only, you can select tacos from a specific menu with low prices. For just $2 each, you can enjoy tacos with ground beef, pulled chicken, or veggies. For $3 each, you can enjoy pork carnitas, barbacoa (translation: shredded beef), or grilled chicken. For $4 each, you can give your tacos the royal treatment with grilled fish or steak.

Tijuana Flats. We’re guessing it’s because of the hard ‘t’ sound, but Tijuana Flats also has its best taco pricing on Tuesdays. Taco Tuesdaze at Tijuana Flats in Fishers means you can enjoy two tacos, chips, and a drink for just $5.49 all day. Also, if you follow the link, you can check out the new website design at Tijuana Flats. It may not be an extra discount, but it’s a fun website to explore for a couple of minutes if you’re bored while you read this post.

Dave and Buster’s. Guess what – it’s another Tuesday offer. Dave and Buster’s may not be an authentic Mexican restaurant, but they have an authentic Taco Tuesday deal. All day from open to close on Tuesdays, you can enjoy $1 hard-shell beef tacos with lettuce and cheese.

La Bamb. The slogan at this Mexican grill is “burritos as big as your head,” and they aren’t exaggerating (well, ok, kinda sorta). They are worth a try in their own right, but we’re keeping the focus of this post on the tacos. Every night, La Bamba sells its tacos for just 99 cents each. Theirs come with your choice of meat, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, and La Bamba salsa.

La Chinita Poblana. If you’re looking for a fusion between Mexican and Chinese food, La Chinita Poblana is exactly where you want to go. This unique restaurant is located at 927 E. Westfield Boulevard in Broadripple Village. The best prices on tacos at La Chinita Poblana are for the late-night eaters. After 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, you can order two tacos for just $5. You can have them delivered to your home until 2:00 a.m. if you live in or near Broad Ripple, or you can visit them until they close at 4:00 a.m. those nights.

Roscoe’s Tacos Franklin. Southsiders, Roscoe’s second location on Morton Street in Frankly serves its Paul Bunyan tacos 2 for $4 all day, every day.

Appetizer deals in Indianapolis

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Dec 272014
appetizer specials

Go on, have an appy evening!

Virtually every restaurant with a bar offers drink specials, but the real way to save on dining out and happy hour in Indianapolis is to look for appetizer specials.

We don’t want to bore you with a full listing of every restaurant’s appetizers. Almost all of them offer wings, chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks, etc. We’ll simply point out a couple of unique offerings for each restaurant. Here’s our list:

Applebee’s. The appetizers go on sale for half-price after dark. Given the change in seasons and the fact that this is a national promotion with locations across multiple time zones, we don’t have a specific list of hours for this special. If it’s dark outside and you’re hungry, however, Applebee’s will hook you up on the cheap. Many locations don’t close until after midnight, so you’ll have time to enjoy. Unique appetizers: green bean crispers, grilled chicken wonton tacos, steak quesadilla towers.

Champps Americana. Select appetizers (AKA pretty much all of them except the Sampler platter) are half-off from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Unique appetizers: crab bread, calamari fritti.

Claddagh Irish Pub. From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays and from 10:00 p.m. to close on Fridays and Saturdays, Claddagh Irish Pubs offers its select appetizers for only $5 each. Unique appetizers: corned beef and cabbage rolls, Scotch eggs.

Elbow Room Pub. If you purchase a beverage in the bar area between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays (Monday through Friday), you’ll gain access to $5 appetizers. Unique appetizers: Jumbo pretzels, Sriracha tenderloin strips.

Hard Rock Cafe. Every Thursday, you can enjoy half price appetizers (except for the Jumbo Combo) from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the bar area. Unique appetizers: balsamic tomato bruschetta, nachopalooza.

Indianapolis Colts Grille. Monday – Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. and after 9 p.m., enjoy 2 for 1 appetizers (aka half price). Unique appetizers: edamame, firecracker popcorn shrimp, fried pretzels.

McCormick & Schmick’s. You’ll “sea” the happy hour specials here from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, but only in the bar area if you dine in. The appetizers range in reduced prices from $2.99 to $5.99. Unique appetizers: fish tacos, firecracker shrimp, black mussels.

Scotty’s Brewhouse. Scotty’s offers $5 appetizers fairly frequently, though the hours are a bit more specific here than most restaurants. The available times are 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close on weekdays, 10 p.m. to close on Fridays and Saturdays, and 9 p.m. to close on Sundays. Unique appetizers: Garlic and parmesan shoestring fries, bbq pulled pork nachos, roasted red pepper hummus.

TGI Friday’s. This one is awesome enough that we wrote a separate post on the matter. The short version here is that if you pay $10, you can pick one appetizer to enjoy endlessly (AKA all you can eat). This special is perfect for someone watching a game on the big screen. It’s probably the best value deal on this list (assuming you’re hungry). Unique appetizers: garlic and basil bruschetta, pan-seared pot stickers.

Should your restaurant be on this list? Send us an email at and we’ll see that you’re listed!

Dec 252014

Thumbnail for 27271This post is dedicated to all the Indianapolis Cheapsters who love buffalo wings. We don’t discriminate based on how hot and spicy you like them. Whether you’re a fan of eating them mild, hot, teriyaki-style, etc., we can all agree that wings are excellent.

And for the fan who is also a Cheapster, the question isn’t who has the best wings. We could debate for hours whether the Blazin’ sauce of Buffalo Wild Wings is superior to the 911 of Hooters, and that isn’t our role here anyway. The question we want to answer is, where are the best deals each night of the week? And that much we can do for you. Read on for where to find the best Indianapolis deals on chicken wings Monday through Friday.

Scotty’s Brewhouse. With locations downtown and on the north side, Scotty’s is the clear Monday choice. All day on Monday, Scotty’s offers all the wings you can eat for just $10. An order of six from Scotty’s usually runs you $8.50, so Monday is a great deal for these premium wings.

Hooters. Hooters also has three locations around Indianapolis. The best night of the week to head to Hooters, however, is Wednesday (or Wingsday, as they call it). We’ve run a post about this in the past, but here’s a refresher. On Wednesdays, you can order ten boneless wings for the normal $6.99 price, but you’ll also receive a FREE order of fries.

Not near a Hooters? The Stacked Pickle’s Indy locations take $3 off all wings on their menu on Wednesdays. Cheeseburger in Paradise has a $5.99 special for 5 wings and fries on Hump Day, too.

Buffalo Wild Wings. BW3s (as it is affectionately known) has you covered on both Tuesday and Thursday. Regular wings are discounted on Tuesday, while Boneless wings are discounted on Thursday. Of all the restaurants we’ve listed, B-Dubs has the most different flavors to try, ranging from a mild Sweet Barbecue to the fiery-hot Blazin’ sauce. With two days a week, you’ll have opportunities to try them all.

Wing Stop. That leaves Friday. Now, we confess, you can grab this deal at Wing Stop any day out of the week. But since you’ll be visiting the other restaurants on the other week days, Wing Stop fills the Friday slot nicely. Gather a group of your friends and you can invest in the Triple Double Pack. For just $20, you can all feast on a meal that includes 12 boneless wings, 8 classic wings, 3 flavors, 2 dips, 2 rolls, 1 large fry, and 1 set of veggie sticks. This meal can comfortably feed three, meaning you’re only paying $6.67 per person.

Nov 162014
Ella's Frozen Yogurt

Hang in there, students. This is what awaits if you finish with good grades.

Ella’s Frozen Yogurt is happy to recognize students who go the extra mile to bring home good grades.

If you make the A-B Honor Roll, you can bring the certificate with your student ID to Ella’s. Assuming your current report card has all A’s and B’s (or 3’s and 4’s, if your school uses numbers instead of letters), you’ll get a FREE party cup from Ella’s. You can create your favorite treat and enjoy, as long as you bring in the report card within three weeks of your last grading period.

So when you’re doing your homework, keep your favorite combination of frozen yogurt flavors and toppings in mind. A tasty reward from Ella’s Frozen Yogurt can be the incentive necessary to get you through that math test. This deal is available at both Ella’s locations, one at Fairview and Highway 135 and the other at Emerson and Stop 11.

Nov 162014
trivia night

Assemble, trivia teams, and show you’re the best in town.

Quick, who was the last French man to win the French Open in tennis? How many seasons was the TV medical drama ER on the air? How many liters are in a gallon? If answering random questions like these are fun for you and your friends, Trivia Night sounds like the perfect evening entertainment for you. There are three locations spread across town for you to enjoy Trivia Night every week for FREE here in Indianapolis.

We’ll start with Detour American Grille. Detour is located in Geist, and hosts Team Trivia Night from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The concept here is very simple. Just gather a group of your friends together, sign up when you arrive, and have a great time. Detour American Grille is located at 10158 Brooks School Road in Fishers.

Brothers Bar & Grill also holds Trivia Night on Wednesdays. This bar (located at 910 Broad Ripple Avenue in Broad Ripple) begins Team Trivia at 8:30 p.m. The champion team receive a $50 gift certificate, so make sure you gather your smartest friends for your team.

Finally, The Stacked Pickle holds trivia contests on Wednesday evenings. The location at 4705 E. 96th Street starts at 7:30 p.m., while the location at 910 W. 10th Street starts later at 8:00 p.m.

(Having fun? Max and Erma’s in Carmel and Greenwood hold their trivia contests on Thursday nights, as does Wuzzlers Grill & Spoon.)

Oh, and just for curious minds, here are the answers to the trivia questions we posed at the beginning of this post:

  1. Yannick Noah (in 1983)
  2. 15 Seasons, from 1994 to 2009
  3. There are 3.78541 liters in a gallon, if you want to be ultra-specific
Oct 262014
Murphy's Pubhouse

Here’s your four-leaf clover for Monday.

It takes more heart to make it through a Monday than any other day of the week. Coming off the weekend, you’re abruptly back in the routine of waking up early to tackle your day. We encourage you to soldier through, however, because those with the heart to make it through Monday can reward themselves with a hearty meal at Murphy’s Pubhouse.

Located at 116th and Olio Road in Fishers, Murphy’s Pubhouse is a family-friendly sports pub that serves all the classics. You’ll find burgers, pizza, wings, and more at this fun restaurant. On Monday evenings, however, we want to draw your attention to the theme for Cheapsters. It’s Steak Night, and it’s exactly what it sounds like.

On Monday evening, you can enjoy two steak dinners for $25. You’ll have your choice of Ribeye or New York Strip, and the steaks will be partnered with potatoes and your choice of soup or salad. Enjoying a steak dinner for two for only $25 is somewhat rare in this town (pun intended), unless you’re eating at a place with questionable meat. Never fear, however, because there’s only one question regarding Murphy’s Pubhouse – why aren’t you already there?

Oct 192014
flu shots

Fight back against flu season this fall.

As much as our Cheapsters love saving money, we only need to mention one key word to demonstrate that health is even more important than deals and discounts: ebola. With the news constantly tracking this deadly disease , it can be easy to get caught up in all the fear surrounding an admittedly awful virus.

Just because ebola looks like the meanest disease around these days, however, doesn’t mean we should all turn our back on the flu. A few Americans have contracted ebola, while the CDC notes that 5-20% of Americans suffer from the flu every season. And while we can’t point out opportunities to be vaccinated against ebola (at this point, anyway), here’s a roundup of the places where you can gain protection from the flu:

CVS: Most insurance plans will enable you to receive your flu shot at CVS this year for FREE. Not only that, they’ll give you a 20% off shopping pass with a flu shot. Of course, “most insurance plans” does not mean “all insurance plans”, so we recommend your plan and its copay procedures before checking out the CVS Immunization Scheduler. If your insurance doesn’t cover you, the cost is $31.99 for your flu shot this year, but you’ll still get that shopping pass.

Walgreens: The same idea at CVS applies to Walgreens as well. Most insurance plans are accepted (though the price tag here is $31.99 as well without insurance acceptance), and Walgreens will give you a FREE immunization assessment from the pharmacist when you receive your flu shot to determine which other immunizations may be right for you.

Costco – If you don’t have insurance but you do happen to have a Costco membership, this one’s a great deal at just $14.99 for the flu shot.

Walmart – It may not be as cheap as Costco, but it isn’t hard to find a Walmart in this city. And at $25 for the flu shot, you’re saving money compared toe the pharmacies.

Meijer – Insurance acceptance varies at Meijer, too, and the shot costs $27.99 otherwise.

Finally, the other option is to check out these one-time deals around Marion County. All of them cost $15 for adults and $10 for kids. Here are the times and places:

  • Chin Community Center – 9:00 a.m. to noon Tuesday October 21 at 2524 E. Stop 11 Road
  • Southport Presbyterian Church – 9:00 a.m. to noon Tuesday October 28 at 7525 McFarland Boulevard