Eat. Drink. Save money. That's restaurant.com's slogan and it sounds good to me. After all, who wouldn't like to save money on restaurant bills?

For $10, you can purchase a $25 certificate at any of the 8,000 participating restaurants nationwide. You can also choose a $10 certificate for $3, or a $50 certificate for $20. Be careful not to inadvertently log onto restaurants.com, an online dining directory. You're looking for the "restaurant" singular.

There are minimum purchases at most restaurants, but I didn't see any over $35. When I searched my zip code for local eateries, few came up that I recognized. But one of my favorite lunch spots, Riina's Fresco Café in Greenwich, CT with good panini and salads, is on the list. I bought a $10 gift certificate for $3 and it's valid with a $25 purchase. And they guarantee the certificate even if you show up and the restaurant has gone out of business. The website also links to restaurants' web sites and you can make a reservation online.



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