When it comes to spending money I’ve never been one to turn down an incredible dinner at one of my favorite restaurants because it’s too expensive. I’d rather splurge on a perfectly cooked steak or a delicious new dish than on a dress or electronics. But as I get ready to leave college and face the grim prospect of finding a job in the seriously railroaded architecture industry, I am faced an unavoidable fact: I will very soon be flat broke. Needless to say this has completely demolished my tendency toward fine dining.
Enter 3 Buck Bites, Citysearch’s remedy for the monetarily-challenged. Foodies who have searched their local area for the best and cheapest food they can find can submit pictures and reviews of restaurants and dishes, and the best part is that everything is $3.99 or less! Essentially this is the Dollar Menu for people who like good food (except not even Subway’s $5 footlong could make it onto this list). From fries to shrimp ceviche, you can find almost anything to satisfy your current craving without breaking the bank. The site is visually interesting and easy to navigate, not to mention full of delicious pictures to satisfy our guilty love of food porn.
Searching for food reveals four categories for price range: Cheap, Super Cheap, Dirt Cheap and Ridiculously Cheap. You can also search under city name, type of cuisine, and specials (happy hour, limited time offer…etc). Unfortunately for those of us who don’t live in one of the larger cities in the US there is only the “other cities” option for searching, which means that your results will include restaurants from all across the country as opposed to simply local. Since I live an hour and a half away from the nearest city, this presents a problem. As the site develops I would like to see an open-ended search option where you can enter a state or cities’ name (right now the only search option you can type into is for a restaurant’s name).
To try it out I did a search for deals in my childhood hometown of Chicago instead of attempting to find a restaurant using the “other cities” button. There were not that many results due to the fact that the site just launched, but I saw some deals on there that I would definitely like to seek out when I go back. If the site gains a following, I would expect their archives to hopefully grow exponentially. This is one to keep an eye on! 3 Buck Bites is on Twitter and Facebook for those that are interested.