Locals need to be appreciated and how better to show the love than discounted food and drinks at the most popular restaurants in town? Every September, like summer cicadas, residents emerge from their air conditioning, clutching a Monroe County ID, and ask , what’s the best deal in town? This year, there are lots to choose from, from a $5 specialty cocktail to half off your favorite gourmet dishes. Have a look and maybe even try a new place just for kicks depending on the special.
- 2 Cents Restaurant and Pub, 416 Appelrouth Lane
Local Special for 2 Cents 50 percent off all food for dinner Sunday – Wednesday from 6 to 11 p.m., not available with any other discounts, must show local ID.
- Sun Sun Beach Bar & Grill, 1500 Reynolds St. located at the Casa Marina – A Waldorf Astoria Resort.
*New Happy Hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with discounted pricing on drinks.
- Antonia’s Restaurant, 615 Duval St.
$10 pasta special daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., closed on Mondays.
Antonia’s is known for the homemade pasta tossed with fresh seafood.
- The Thirsty Mermaid, 521 Fleming St.
Daily Happy Hour 4 to 6 p.m. with $2 Mermaid Lager and a lovely selection of $5 menu items.
The Thirsty Mermaid perfects Ceviche du Jour, a favorite in the summertime.
- Little Pearl, 632 Olivia St.
Daily Happy Hour from 5 to 6 p.m. offering an awesome menu of bubbles, wines, beers and almost a dozen menu choices for just $5.
Little Pearl offers delicate, sweet shrimp skewers to cure the summer heat.
- Mangoes Restaurant, 700 Duval St.
Half off all regular menu items to Monroe County locals, daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. One local per party must present a state ID with local address in order to receive discount. (excluding alcohol and specials, gratuity not included).
September Weekly Wine Down: Sunday through Thursday, 4 to 8 p.m. during September, receive half pricing on all bottles of wine. Along with this blowout deal, locals will also receive special pricing on Bulleit bourbon and rye for $6, Crown Royal Original, Apple and Vanilla for $6 daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with local ID through Sept. 30.
- Prime Steakhouse, 951 Caroline St.
Daily 50 percent off all appetizers and 25 percent off all bottles of wine for locals only, through Oct. 19.
- Two Friends Patio Restaurant, 512 Front St.
Starting after Labor Day, 20 percent off all food and drinks all day for locals only. No double discounts with Happy Hour specials.
- Cafe Sole, 1029 Southard St.
Locals appreciation : 50 percent off all food all night long, Open Tuesday through Sunday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cafe Sole offers a variety of daily specials like whole Florida lobster with crabmeat stuffing, drawn butter & a medley of vegetables.
- Matt’s Stock Island Kitchen and The Salty Oyster Dockside Bar & Grill, 7001 Shrimp Rd. at The Perry Hotel
15 percent off for locals:
Happy Hour 6 to 8 p.m. at Matt’s Stock Island Lounge, drink and food specials.
Happy Hour 3 to 6 p.m. at The Salty Oyster Dockside Bar & Grill, drink and food specials.
Also: Stock Island Marina Village’s “Fuel up & Eat Free.” Buy 50 gallons of 90 Rec gasoline or diesel fuel and receive a $25 voucher to either restaurant.
- Point 5 Tapas & Wine Bar, 915 Duval St.
For locals upstairs above 915 Restaurant, daily $5 tacos and $5 cocktail specials, 6 to 8 p.m.
- Blackfin Bistro, 818 Duval St.
For locals, September only, on Wednesdays starting at 11 a.m. for only $11 (half off), Blackfin’s specialty 8-ounce Wagyu Burger (American Style Kobe Beef),for almost 11 hours (until 10 p.m. at least). Also, regular Happy Hour specials.
- Santiago’s Bodega, 207 Petronia St.
Starting Sept. 1, 1/2 off all hot and cold tapas, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, all day and all night, must show local ID.
- Hot Tin Roof
50 percent off all food Sunday thru Thursday
- Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant, 320 Grinnell St.
Taco Tuesday all day every weekday during September. $2 Corona and Corona Light, $1 beef tacos, $2 veggie tacos, $3 chicken tacos, & $4 fish tacos. September hours: Monday-Friday: noon to 10 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday: 10 a.m. till closing.
Lucy’s knows locals love tacos and they don’t make you wait until Tuesday.
- Martin’s Restaurant, 9 Duval St.
Daily Happy Hour specials 50 percent off tapas and appetizers, all well drinks including martinis and wine by the glass from 5 to 7 p.m.