Kids eat free at D'Amico & Sons (eight Twin Cities locations, For grownups, the chain always pours a bottomless glass of house wine for $6.29.

FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar (31 S. 7th St., Minneapolis, 612-216-3473, drops its $15 corkage fee, and with every cork the restaurant donates $1 to Second Harvest Heartland.

Chef Jonathan Hunt offers a penny pincher's dream: four courses for $20 at his new Rinata (2451 Hennepin Av. S., Minneapolis, 612-374-8998,

A three-course dinner goes for $24 -- and prices for most wines by the glass are slashed in half -- at Meritage (410 St. Peter St., St. Paul, 651-222-5670,

• Red Stag Supperclub (509 1st Av. NE., Minneapolis, 612-767-7766) chef Brian Hauke prepares a different comfort-minded entree every week (cassoulet, short ribs, coq au vin) for $19.

Ten bucks buys a handful of crisp hand-cut fries, a 16-ounce tap beer and one of chef Aaron Slavicek's fabulous cheeseburgers at Cafe Maude (5411 Penn Av. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-5411,

Chef Scott Pampuch spins records, puts together a short, value-minded menu and pours a three-glass flight from his wine list for $19 at Corner Table (4257 Nicollet Av. S., Minneapolis, 612-823-0011,

The Parasole Restaurant Holdings family features rib-sticking dinners for two for $18. At Figlio (3001 Hennepin Av. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-1688,, it's lasagna, at Salut Bar Americain (5034 France Av. S., Edina, 952-929-3764 and 917 Grand Av., St. Paul, 651-917-2345, the menu is meatloaf and mashed potatoes, and Pittsburgh Blue (11900 Main St. N., Maple Grove, 763-416-2663, boasts fried chicken or pot roast.