1. Go for lunch, not dinner;
2. Ask for bread;
3. Order something you can dip the bread into (a bowl of steaming mussels);
4. Order something you can make a sandwich out of (a tomato feta salad, for example–just tear the bread open and stuff the tomato and feta inside);
5. Feel full and happy and realize that, with the free bread, your fancy restaurant meal was less than $10.
And that’s how to save money at restaurants in hard economic times.