Veterans get 20 percent off at Bueno

If you have a valid military ID of some sort – current ID or veterans card, you get 20 percent off your order today at Taco Bueno. Better yet, the offer is good “every day of the year.” So, vets, you might want to take advantage of the one-day deals Tuesday, but keep Bueno in mind for days forward.


Texas-size thanks to vets at Roadhouse

Veterans who are hungry for steak are in luck.

On Tuesday – Veterans Day – veterans and active-duty military personnel can eat a free lunch at Texas Roadhouse. There is one in Abilene  near Lawrence Hall Chevrolet (1381 S. Danville). If you are out of town, the lunch deal is offered at all Roadhouses.

Vets can choose one of 10 entrees, including a 6-ounce sirloin. two sides and a drink. Proof of service includes military or VA card or discharge papers.

Lunch is served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Like Texas Roadhouse, we salute our veterans. Here’s to you and the ultimate cheap eat – a free meal!

KFC even throws in cookie for $5 lunch

Continuing our Tour de $5 Lunches …

Tried KFC recently. They have specials Monday through Wednesday that are even less expensive. For $5 though, I got 3 tenders, mashed potatoes, a roll, a chocolate chip cookie and a drink. Although we are supposed to have our biggest meal at lunch (as opposed to supper), we often overdo it. I am finding these $5 lunches are filling for the price and realize that if you are really hungry, you might want more. This meal filled me. With tax, $5.41.

Next up: Popeye’s

Bonus: Been hearing commercials for Farolito’s, a restaurant that has been around for more than 75 years but sometimes is not on everyone’s radar. It’s tucked away east of North Treadaway downtown, on Cottonwood. This is old-school, local Mexican food.

They are advertising a Tuesday night special with tacos, enchiladas and more for $7. That’s a good price for what sounds like an AYCE (all you can eat), especially at night. Might be worth checking out. It’s a quiet place, good for conversation and relaxing.

$5 lunch, Part II: Bell’s box not $5 any more …

So, continuing my tour of $5 lunches…

* Thumb’s up for lunch at El Pulgarcito, available Monday-Wednesday.

* I tried the box meal at Taco Bell and got this surprise. It’s not $5 anymore. It’s $5.99. Used to be $5. Still tried it and got a huge box with a taco, a fiery taco and a taco supreme. And a medium drink. And 3, count ‘em 3, pieces of candy. At $6 plus tax, this is a buck more than the other guys but it was good. Ordered mine to go and was asked if I wanted hot sauce in packets or a cups. Cups is way better to pour on the three items. I was full after cleaning out my box.

Question, though, is 99 cents more worth it in this $5 world? If you like Bell, it is.

* Next up is $5 meal at KFC.

For $5 on Friday, Halloween, you can get 10 corndogs at Sonic. It’s 50-cent corndog day, all day, there. Of course, eating 10 corndogs is a scary thought. But you can share. Part of a throwback week that includes 49-cent potato and egg breakfast burritos Monday at Taco Bueno, and 49-cent party tacos there Thursday. This could be your cheap week, making up for all the money you’ll blow on candy …

$5 lunches: 3 choices for 3 days at El Pulgarcito

Back from a few days off, during which I started a survey of $5 lunches in town.

Several restaurant are advertising a $5 special, which sounds good for the ol’ wallet but how much food do you get?

I started with one of my new favorite restaurant, El Pulgarcito de America. Mondays-Wednesdays, El Pul offers 3 lunch plates – enchiladas, tamales and taquitos. I started with enchiladas, ordering two with chicken. Comes with rice and beans. I left full and, of course, it was good. Met a friend for lunch on another day and went the tamale route. Got 3 of those, plus rice and beans. Again, got filled up. Not stuffed, like we tend to want to get. But satisfied, like we should be.

Great time to go to El Pul is 11:30-noon before crowd gets there.

Still need to try KFC, Popeye’s, Fasoli’s, DQ and Taco Bell.


$1.99 salad at United can work for two meals.

A quick hint for eating cheap … and healthy.

Stopped by United the other night and, not very hungry and it being close to 9 p.m., looked for a salad.

Found a simple iceberg lettuce salad with a few extras like a small carrot, a couple of grape-sized tomatoes and a cucumber for $1.99. Probably had more cheese on it than necessary but it was a pretty good portion of salad for the price. I had half that night and half another night with a meal.

A little salad is not bad for you. $1.99 certainly isn’t.

Free coffee (sort of)

Went by McDonald’s today and saw a sign advertising free coffee, Sept. 16-29. Sorry, I don’t drink coffee, so missed it earlier.

Here’s the catch though. It is free and you don’t have to purchase anything else. But it’s only during breakfast hours. It’s a small coffee, probably good but not scalding hot, if case you spill it.

So, drink up, coffee lovers. Free coffee is cheaper than paying bucks for Starbucks.

Ice cream special Monday; Gatti’s 45th party Thursday

Monday is National Ice Cream … how great is that!

At Sonic, you can get half-price vanilla cones all day. As if we needed a push to celebrate … Still, saving some coin works.

Also coming up is the 45th birthday of Mr. Gatti’s. Yes, the old boy is getting on up there in years. But still tough to beat in air hockey and the whack-the-alligator game!

On Thursday, Sept. 25, guests at Gatti’s will get:

* Double tokens

* A chance to take home giveaways

* Participate in games and contests

* Meet costume characters and have faces painted. And more.

That’s all day at Gatti’s.

Thoughts about fair food, pizza boxes and Subway

A few random thoughts …

* Hard to eat cheap at the West Texas Fair & Rodeo. After all, vendors must cover operation expenses and food costs, and they have a short window to make money. Line was long Wednesday at Elmwood West Methodist booth, where they sell a good hamburger for $4. It’s $3.75 at Fountaingate. So, not bad on the wallet. I had the fajita dinner at Little Mexico and besides being very good, it was plentiful at $8.50, which is about what you’d pay at a restaurant.

* Janet Van Vleet at the office showed me images of a new pizza box that is waaaay better than what we use now. When you have leftover pizza, you have to fit the big square box in the fridge or maybe stack pieces in a baggie or plastic container. Not good. New boxes can be folded to fit what pizza is left. And the box can be used as an individual plate. Ain’t American ingenuity great!

* While I enjoy my Subway sandwiches, I am getting frustrated with our restaurants here in Abilene. Apparently, we now have three franchises and the prices and availability of sandwiches and specials vary. At one store last week, I ordered the Italian BMT and when I was asked about dressing, I replied, “Italian.”

Sorry, sir, we don’t carry Italian any more. Mama mia! You are joking!  Italian sandwich without Italian dressing! I was at a loss of what to put on it.

Considering that Subway prices keep going up – the monthly special no longer is $5, for one thing – I am less likely to grab a Subway these days.

Free kids meals this weekend at Bueno

Happy  Labor Day from T-Bueno.

With any purchase Friday through Monday, you can get a free kids meal. Kids meals come with either a party taco, party burrito, mini cheese quesadilla or taco rollup; applesauce, chips or cinnamon chips; and a drink. Oh, and a treat. Think it’s temporary tattoos.

Ask for “free kids meal” when ordering. Buenoheads can show email they got.