So as mentioned in that recession buster thread, Excelsior has the winter warmer special going on which I tried last nite. A friend crapped out but I thought screw it, I'm gonna get me some $8 venison stroganoff and I'm glad I did. I can't believe more people weren't there, a couple with drinks at the bar and two at a table eating some sort of food (not sure what). Started with a ginger cosmo which was nice, had a little cointreau, cranberry and wish even more ginger flavor but it barely had cranberry juice, but I enjoyed it. (Also wish the sound was up for PTI on ESPN rather than the lame music.) Of course, a $12 drink quickly adds onto the bill but I was full after my large plate of tasty strognaoff. And some bread which I had to ask for. I thought maybe beggars shouldn't be choosers but there was so much sauce, you couldn't not have bread. They brought about 6 slices of really nice warm bread and butter. There was some carrot and celery in there, lots of meat, a nice flavor to the sauce that I couldn't quite place, a great deal for $8. Next week is fried chicken and cheddar cornbread. 1/31 is beef stew and noodles and 2/7 is lamb shepherd's pie.
And they actually tell you about the specials, like the $1 oysters (on Tues. and Wed.) and an addition in the menu mentions a bunch of other stuff going on. FYI, 1/2 price pizza at the bar on Sun. and Mon. In Jan., you can create your own 3 course meal for $45. I remember doing this a couple years ago but I don't think it was choice of menu. And they've got a thing for $20 where you get two Harpoon and a pizza. You could have some great combo of things almost every nite except Sat. there.