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|Please sir we want something, anything, for free.|
We don't know who first said, "Nothing is free except my love," but it must've been someone important. It's still true today, especially in the restaurant industry, where everything seems to be à la carte. Look at some of your recent checks and notice how eateries are even tacking on a buck or two for "filtered" water. Sure, food prices are climbing
, but it's sad when we ooh and ahh over a basket of house-baked bread.
Finding something free, or at least included with the price of your meal, is becoming ever more difficult. Here are a few spots that give you a little something extra with your order.
10. Happy hour snacks at Tobacco Road.
|Cheap, good times within.|
Miami's oldest bar hosts a 6 p.m. Friday happy hour that lasts as many minutes as the institution's age (it turned 100 in late 2012) and sells a handful of drinks using the same pricing scheme. The Road also offers a variety of free bites including everything from smoked chicken wings to slider-size brisket sandwiches and pulled-pork tacos.
9. Biscuits and bacon butter at Oak Tavern.
|The bacon is housemade at Oak Tavern.|
The Design District's 40th Street has long been Michael Schwartz's turf. His flagship restaurant is on one end and a pizzeria named for his son is on the other. Louis Vuitton recently moved into the neighborhood, but for a long time you went that way only to boost your locavore cred or buy a $7,500 couch. David Bracha's Oak Tavern is another reason to take a stroll along that same road. Meals here start with a free homemade biscuit and bacon butter. Bacon butter! Amir Ben-Zion's Gigi in midtown makes you pay for bacon butter when it's on the menu.
8. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar's Southern Social.
|Free Southern snacks cometh.|
Most restaurant giveaways are for women, and with good reason. Lure a pack of ladies in the door with free food or drink, and paying men will follow. Yardbird hosts its Southern Social during National Bourbon Month (September) from 4 to 7 p.m. It offers a variety of free snacks, including fried black-eyed peas, candied spiced peanuts, and house dill pickles.
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