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Dining on a Dime: Free Pancakes and Other Restaurant Deals

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Cooking at home is the best way to save cash, but it’s nice to go out sometimes, too. Check out Frugal Foodie every Friday for a selection of the latest coupons for casual and fancy fare.

Just yesterday, it seems, we were salivating after free smoothie, iced coffee or ice cream deals. But we’re already mid-way through October and many restaurants and other food establishments are rolling out Halloween-themed promotions and other deals that are simply scary-good!

In our dining deals roundup this week we feature free “scary-face” pancakes, deals for Facebook fans, cheap lobster and steak, and early-bird Restaurant Week specials, among other deals.

1. IHOP

On October 29, kids ages 12 and younger get a free “scary face” pancake. Participating locations only.

2. Besito

The Huntington, N.Y. restaurant, offers Facebook parties for its fans, with free appetizers and a margarita.

3. White Castle

Facebook fans of the chain can get a print out coupon by Oct. 22 good for a free garlic cheese slider. Participating locations only. Coupon must be used by October 30.

4. Greater Manchester Restaurant Week

Through October 24, participating Vermont restaurants are offering special three-course menus for $29.95.

5. Black Angus

Use a print out coupon to get the trio of top sirloin steak, lobster and shrimp for $15.95. Regularly, it goes for $29.99. Participating locations only. Deal expires November 8.

6. Hotel Shangri-La

The Santa Monica hotel’s restaurant now has a $15 special entrée each night, as well as a special three-course menu for $15 on Tuesdays.

7. Pick Up Stix

Buy one entrée and a drink, and get a second entrée of equal or lesser value free with a print out coupon. Participating locations only. Expires October 31.

8. T.G.I. Friday’s

Through October 23, save 25% on your total food bill with a print out coupon. Participating locations only.

9. Richmond Pre-Restaurant Week Specials

Restaurant Week doesn’t start until October 25, but some restaurants have begun offering early-bird specials, including happy hour cocktail specials and a midweek three-course meal for $18.

10. Lone Star Steakhouse

Save $7.50 when you purchase two entrees and present a print out coupon. Not valid on “2 for $20” promotion items. Participating locations only. Deal ends October 31.

Frugal Foodie is a journalist based in New York City who spends her days writing about personal finance and obsessing about what she’ll have for dinner. Chat with her on Twitter through @MintFoodie.