Old Spaghetti Factory celebrating 45th anniversary with $4 and $5 meals, contest

Forty-five years ago this Friday (January 10), the first Old Spaghetti Factory opened in Portland.

The restaurant chain is celebrating that anniversary with a contest and special prices.

On Monday and Tuesday (January 13 and 14), as well as January 20 and 21, complete meals will be available for just $4 and $5.

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Roadhouse BBQ and Tap-Out in Rancho Mirage tomorrow

BabesRoadhouseBBQandTapOutBarbecue fans and beer lovers will want to head to Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse in Rancho Mirage between 1 and 5 p.m. tomorrow (September 28).

That’s because the brewery restaurant will be the site of a Roadhouse BBQ and Tap-Out event.

For $35 (or just $30 in advance), you can have five draft craft beers or five BBQ items from their patio smoker.

Or you can have two draft craft beers and three BBQ items from their patio smoker.

Or you can have one draft craft beer and four BBQ items from their patio smoker.

Or, well…you get the idea. You get a selection of five items, your choice of brew or ‘cue.

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Last chance for Palm Springs Restaurant Week

There’s still time to head out to the desert for some sumptuous (and scrumptious!) dining during Palm Springs Restaurant Week.

However, the annual event comes to a close on Sunday (June 10).

Eateries from Palm Springs to Indio and all points in between are serving up specially-priced ($24 and $36) three-course prix fixe menus.

It’s a great opportunity to check out the low desert’s top restaurants at a reduced price.

Food critic David Cohen has some suggestions, which you can check out here.

Click here for a list of participating restaurants (and individual special menus), which is sortable by name, price and location.

Dine Out for Life in the low desert today

This one kind of snuck up on me this year.

Today (April 26) is the day for Dining Out for Life. Proceeds go to various AIDS/HIV support organizations.

The bad news is that the only Inland Empire restaurants participating are in the Palm Springs area. The good news is that there are 45 restaurants to choose from.

Most are giving 33% of their sales.

Nine are giving 50%:

Trio Restaurant, which has raised the most funds the past two years, is giving 60%.

Spencer’s Restaurant is giving a whopping 75%!

All proceeds will benefit Desert AIDS Project.

Click here for the full list of participating restaurants.