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Find the Best Affordable Restaurants for Mother’s Day in Your City

Mother’s day is right around the corner. If you are like the average person, you probably haven’t planned much yet. Lucky for you, we at Cravor can help with what we do best – making dining plans on a budget. Mother’s day is typically the most popular day of the year for dining out so plan early to make sure your mother doesn’t get left out!

Cravor specializes in dining deals & coupons so we’ve provided our lists of top restaurants for mother’s day by city – all of which are offering a deal, discount or or some other promotion. Not only will your mother be thankful, she will be proud she raised someone so economically savvy.

List of Most Popular Mother’s Day Restaurants by City

Still in need of a mother’s day gift? Our sister site Pampor can help with that! Pampor lists the best local deals for massages, manicures, pedicures, tanning and other beauty services.

View Pampor’s List of Top Spa & Salon Deals for Mother’s Day

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Get Notified When Your Favorite Restaurant Offers a Deal

If you are like most people, you probably have a handful of restaurants that you frequent. But how often do you check to see if they are offering deals or coupons? Websites like Groupon and Living Social sometimes offer dinning deals that last just 24 hours so they can be very easy to miss. You have a life to live and its just not feasible to look for these deals every day.  Lucky for you we live in an age where technology can do the work for us.

Cravor tracks more than 100,000 restaurants across the U.S and Canada for deals, coupons and other promotions. You can subscribe to any restaurant and you will be emailed the instant that restaurant offers a new coupon or discount. And best of all it’s free!

Setting up an email notification takes less than a minute. Just go to cravor.com and search for a restaurant by entering the restaurant’s name and location (any city of zip code near the restaurant will work) in the top search bar. Once you find the restaurant, enter your email address where it says “Get notified” and you are all set! You won’t believe all the savings you’ve been missing!

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Cyber Monday Restaurant Deals

Did you know you can save at local restaurants on Cyber Monday? Smart diners pre-purchase discounted gift certificates at their favorite restaurants that can be redeemed the next time they dine. Some of the most popular local deal sites are offering their biggest sales of the year this Cyber Monday.

Want to check what restaurants around you accept are eligible for these deals? Check out Cravor to find which restaurants are offering deals and coupons near you.

Earn points and miles on dining

The Simplest Way to Earn Points and Miles at Restaurants

In the past year, I’ve earned several thousand airline miles and hotel points by dining at the same restaurants I always have. I don’t mean credit card rewards points; I’ve earned those in addition. How did I do it? With one of my favorite but least known restaurant deal sites: Rewards Network.

What is Rewards Network?

Rewards Network is a website that rewards users for dining at participating restaurants by offering  points or miles. They allow you to choose the type of rewards to earn from popular rewards programs like American AAdvantage miles, Hilton HHonors points, Delta Skymiles, and many more.

They have a network of more than 11,000 restaurants across the United States. The restaurants also include select locations for many popular chains.

ChainEligible Restaurants
Edible Arrangements106
Wendy’s95
Buca di Beppo87
Jack in the Box78
Hungry Howie's64
Lone Star Steakhouse61
Dickey's Barbecue Pit59
Burger King55
Johnny Rockets44
Denny's39
Pizza Hut31
Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse30

How it Works

Rewards Network provides separate websites for each rewards program where you can sign up and search for eligible restaurants. You get rewarded each time you dine at a participating restaurant.

You earn points or miles based on how much you spend at the restaurant. Say you are registered for Delta SkyMiles Dining and you are earning 5 miles per dollar spent. If your bill comes out to $54, you would end up earning 270 miles total (54 x 5). You earn rewards based on the final bill amount including any tax and tip.

Best of all, you don’t need to tell the restaurant you are a Rewards Network member or give them any type of rewards card. Rewards Network automatically credits your rewards account when you use your registered credit card at a participating restaurant.

How to Register

It’s easy to get started with Rewards Network. Just register and you’ll start automatically earning rewards. Follow these simple steps to get setup.

1. Choose the rewards you want to earn

First, you want to decide on a rewards program. Review the list of programs in the table below and find the one that makes the most sense for you.

2. Register for the rewards program

You have to be registered for the rewards program first, before you register for dining rewards. So if you are not a member yet, you will need to register and make a note of your membership number.

3. Register on the rewards program’s dining website

To start earning rewards for dining, go to the Rewards Network website for that particular rewards program and click the Sign Up link (links to each dining website are provided in the table below). You will need to enter your name, address, email address, and your membership number for the rewards program. You will also be asked to opt in for email alerts. If you do, you will earn more points or miles each time you dine (although some programs will force you to opt in for emails to receive any rewards).

4. Register your credit or debit card(s) on the site

Once registered, you will need to enter at least one credit or debit card to start earning rewards. Don’t worry, you won’t be charged anything. When you dine at a participating restaurant and use your registered card, Rewards Network will automatically be notified about your dine. Be sure to register all your cards because if you use a non registered card you get nothing!

5. Find restaurants near you

Each rewards program’s dining site offers a search to find restaurants eligible for rewards near you. However, some restaurants only offer rewards on certain days, so be sure to double check what days are eligible. All rewards programs have the same restaurants in the network so it does not matter which one you use to search.

6. Dine!

Go, eat, and enjoy! And be sure to use your registered credit or debit card! Typically the points or miles will show up in your account in 5-7 days.

Rewards ProgramEarningsSignup Bonus
Alaska MileagePlan
Member1 mile / $
Online Member3 miles / $
VIP Member5 miles / $
1,000 Miles
American AAdvantage
Member1 mile / $
Online Member3 miles / $
VIP Member5 miles / $
1,000 Miles
Delta Skymiles
Member1 mile / $
Online Member3 miles / $
VIP Member5 miles / $
3,000 Miiles
Hilton HHonors
Member2 points / $
Online Member5 points / $
VIP Member8 points / $
2,000 Points
IHG Rewards
Member1 point / $
Online Member5 points / $
VIP Member8 points / $
1,000 points
JetBlue TrueBlue
Member1 point / $
Mosaic Member2 points / $
None
Orbitz Rewards5% back in Orbucks$10 in Orbucks
Club O5% back in reward dollarsNone
Plenti3 points / $None
Fuel Rewards10 cents per gallon for every $50 spentNone
Free Spirit
Member1 mile / $
Online Member3 miles / $
VIP Member5 miles / $
1,000 Miles
Southwest Rapid Rewards3 points / $ 1,000 Points
United Mileage Plus
Member1 mile / $
Online Member3 miles / $
VIP Member5 miles / $
2,500 Points

Membership Levels

As you can see from the table above, the amount you earn may vary pending on your membership level within the program. Most of the dining programs have 3 membership levels:

  1. Member: Basic membership when you do not opt in for email notifications.
  2. Online Member: Membership when you do opt in for email notifications.
  3. VIP Member: Membership received after you have 12 or more eligible dines in the calendar year and you have opted in for email notifications.

There are a few exceptions, like Orbitz, Plenti and Southwest that have just a single level, while JetBlue has just two levels. Be sure to check the dining program’s website for the specifics.

Sign Up Bonuses

Most of the dining rewards programs have a sign up bonus. Each may have slightly different terms, but they typically offer you additional points or miles after your first dine of $30 or more at a participating restaurant within 30 days of signing up. Some rewards programs offer additional bonuses for the second or third dine or for writing a review for the restaurant you visited. Each program’s sign up bonus terms are clearly stated on their website.

Maximize Your Earnings

Here are a few tips I’ve learned after being a Rewards Network member for several years:

1. Earn as many different sign up bonuses as possible

Many of the programs offer lucrative bonuses where you can earn extra points/miles after your first dine. There’s nothing stopping you from earning bonuses from more than one program, so try doing one dine in each of the rewards programs that you are interested in.

2. Register all of your cards

You can register as many credit or debit cards as you want. So don’t miss out by accidentally using a non registered card when you dine. You can also register different cards for different rewards programs if you want to diversify the rewards you earn. Just make sure you don’t register the same card at more than one program or else you won’t earn any rewards.

3. Elect to receive emails

Most programs offer you more rewards if you opt in to receive email notifications. While you may be hesitant to receive additional emails, it’s not that bad. You typically receive one email per week summarizing the restaurants in your area eligible for rewards.

4. Write reviews when promotions are offered

Sometimes programs offer you bonus rewards if you write a review for one of your dining visits. The reviews only take a couple of minutes and are a nice way to earn a few more points or miles. Keep an eye on your email for these promotions.

5. Use a credit card that gives you cash back

One of my favorite things about Rewards Network is that you earn these rewards in addition to your typical credit card rewards so you can double dip. Find the credit card that gives you the most points or cash back on dining and make that the card you always use.

6. Use Cravor to find restaurants eligible for points and other savings

Cravor is a great tool for finding restaurants offering points and miles as well as other deals and coupons. It’s location based, making it the easiest way to find all the restaurants offering discounts near you.

4th of July Weekend Local Restaurant Deals & Promotions

Take advantage of these promotions over the fourth of July weekend and save even more when you dine out.

  • LocalFlavor: Additional $5 Off with promo code: PATRIOT – Click Here
  • Groupon: $5 off $25 Local deals with promo code: ABE5 – Click Here
  • Living Social: Take 20% off your purchase with promo code: JULY4 – Click Here

As always, visit Cravor for a full list of restaurants offering deals!

10 of the Most Unique Dining Experiences Across the Country

We’ve scoured the top food authority sites, blogs and food enthusiasts to bring you the 10 most unique (and some slightly strange) dining experiences from Chicago to Napa Valley!

 

Wine Train Dining in Napa Valley

Who’s Pick: Fodor’s Travel

The plush Napa Valley Wine Train takes the concept of wine and dine onto the tracks, in restored 20th-century Pullman or Visa Dome cars. As you glide past the vineyards of California’s wine country in the mahogany-clad train car, savor delicious bites, such as the tenderloin in a Cabernet Sauvignon reduction.

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A Reclaimed Bank and a VIP Vault Room

Who’s Pick: Twisted Sifter

Located in Chicago’s Wicker Park, The Bedford reclaimed a historic private bank from 1926 and transformed the space into a supper club. The 8,000-square foot (743 sq. m) lower-level interior features terracotta, marble and terrazzo, all reclaimed and restored from the original bank. Inside the VIP vault room, the walls are lined with more than 6,000 working copper lock boxes.

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Ninja New York

Who’s Pick: Reader’s Digest

In a review in the New York Times, Frank Bruni describes Ninja New York as “a kooky, dreary subterranean labyrinth… You are greeted there by servers in black costumes who ceaselessly bow, regularly yelp and ever so occasionally tumble.” Designed to look like a 15th-century Japanese feudal village full of dark nooks and snaking passageways, you’ll dine amongst stealthy warriors—the waiters—who roam, romp, and perform tricks, all the while serving sushi and sake. Just call it Japanese fare mixed with martial arts flair at its best.

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High-Altitude Dining at the Ledge at Skydeck Chicago

Who’s Pick: Fodor’s Travel

Comfort food is taken to new heights at The Ledge at Skydeck, which serves famous Chicago-style stuffed pizzas from Giordano’s in a collection of private glass boxes that extend beyond the 103rd floor of Willis Tower. Or opt for Oysters Rockefeller and three-hour short ribs to complement the city lights sparkling 1353 feet below.

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Joanie’s Blue Crab Cafe

Who’s Pick: The Food Network

Take two steps outside Joanie’s Blue Crab Cafe and you’re likely to spot an alligator — or two, or three. Located in the heart of the swampy Everglades, this crazy restaurant is surrounded by tons of the meaty reptiles, which diners enjoy in the form of chili, ribs and, most popularly, deep-fried gator nuggets.

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The Airplane Restaurant

Who’s Pick: Travel + Leisure

Putting the diner in airplane dining, this Colorado Springs landmark is on a mission, code name: delicious. Owners gutted a decommissioned 1953 Boeing KC-97 military tanker to make room for booths and a bar, decorating it and the main restaurant spaces with tons of aviation memorabilia. Naturally, the menu is loaded with aviation puns and references as well, such as the Philly Flyer sandwich and Air.  Tower nachos. For more information on the Airplane Restaurant, click here.

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The Cave

Who’s Pick: CNBC

The Cave is the nation’s only restaurant located in (you guessed it) a cave, serving American steakhouse/seafood and Italian fare. Located in Richland, Missouri, the space may not get much natural light, but it has waterfalls, fish ponds, and even a view of the Gasconade River. The space began as a natural cave that served as a dance hall in the 1920s, situated three stories up on a limestone bluff at a campground (visitors can still rent the cabins). Back then it was not spacious enough for 225 to dine, as it is today; the rest was carved and blasted out over the course of four years.

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B.E.D Miami

Who’s Pick: One Click Wonders

Instead of breakfast in bed, how about dinner? B.E.D. stands for beverage, entertainment, dining, and that’s exactly what you get…in bed! Executive chef Vitor Casassola’s menu includes cold appetizers like camembert tempura and tomatillo guacamole and entrees like surf & turf and Chilean seabass. And for dessert, an edible “pillow” called Cloud 9 Souffle.

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Opaque

Who’s Pick: Cheat Sheet

Located in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco, Opaque diners enjoy their meals in a pitch-black room after selecting their menu items in a lit room. The theory proposed by the restaurant is that when a diner’s visual senses are cut off, other senses such are heightened which makes for a delicious dinner!

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Heart Attack Grill

Who’s Pick: Thrillist

One of the few places in Vegas where the food and the waitresses will raise a diner’s blood pressure! This famous hospital-themed joint, Heart Attack Grill specializes in artery-clogging, four-patty Quadruple Bypass burgers, and serves anyone who weighs in at over 350lbs for free. See more deals on dining in Las Vegas.

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