I am a member of the Restaurant.com #ReviewCrew. I received a gift certificate to help facilitate this post. I chose what restaurant to go to. Please note that, as always, any personal opinions reflected are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.
One of the more expensive things about travel is the meals. Eating out at every meal can be pretty expensive, especially if you’re traveling with family. Recently our family took a little weekend getaway trip to Pennsylvania. There were five of us. I try to plan as best as I can. I’ve read about Restaurant.com many times but have never personally used their gift certificates. Are you familiar with Restaurant.com?
“The only thing better than going out for a great meal, is getting a great deal. Restaurant.com has been filling tables since 1999 and is the destination for dining whether you like to plan ahead or find a meal on the go. Restaurant.com helps diners discover the perfect dining experience and boasts nearly 50,000 dining deals available every day, even on the weekends! And, the deals are easy to use – present the certificate to the server on a mobile device, or print out a copy, and voilà – the savings will be deducted from your final bill. Bon Appétit!”
Recently I became a member of the Restaurant.com Review Crew. I’ll be sharing experiences with them from time to time. I thought that this trip would be a great time to give them a try. Here’s how it went.
Before leaving I went to the Restaurant.com website to see what restaurants would be in the areas we were driving through and visiting. You can browse restaurants from your home computer, or you can use the Restaurant.com app, which is actually really simple and user-friendly. I decided we’d stop for a late breakfast at The Longstar Diner in Brogue, PA.
Upon arriving the restaurant was open. It was pretty quiet inside and we were quickly greeted and seated. The server took our beverage order and brought those back quickly. Then it was time to order.
The thing about eating at restaurants while you’re traveling is you don’t always know what a place serves. Probably my favorite feature of the Restaurant.com website and app is that they include menus from all of the participating restaurants. It’s very easy to see the type of cuisine a place will offer long before you get there. You can also see information like a map and restaurant hours.
I enjoy diner fare. Longstar had exactly what the menu said it would have, which is exactly the type of food I would expect to find in a diner. We took about ten minutes and placed our order. Wondering what we got?
A shrimp basket.
A hot dog platter.
Chicken noodle soup.
Chicken fried steak.
We also ordered waffles, which somehow I seem to have lost the photo of.
Our food was brought to the table in a little over ten minutes. Everything looked good. The fries were not mushy and not crispy, and they weren’t excessively salty. We actually had to add a little salt, we like salty fries. The soup tasted like my Mom’s chicken noodle soup, right down to the big chunks of celery. The chicken fried steak was totally smothered in gravy but I can’t blame anyone but myself for that. I’d asked for a ton of gray figuring I’d only get a little like so many places do. I like a lot of country gravy, I can’t help myself. The portions were more then reasonably sized and we wound up taking containers with the leftovers with us when we left.
Wee were very pleased with our meal at the Longstar Diner. The food was decent. The people were very nice. The diner prices are affordable to start but were even more so because we used Restaurant.com gift certificates. We paid a part of our bill using a Restaurant.com gift certificates. In this instance, a Restaurant.com $10 gift certificate for the Longstar Diner cost only $4. If you have the Restaurant.com app on your phone you can show your gift certificate to the restaurant cashier right on your phone. If not, be sure to print your certificates out before heading to the restaurant.
A note of explanation. On the Restaurant.com site (and in the app) it lists a minimum purchase amount. This is the minimum amount that your check needs to be at the restaurant in order to use the certificate. I didn’t read closely enough and bought too many certificates. I misunderstood the minimum purchase to be the amount of Restaurant.com gift certificates I needed to buy. Do not do this, that was a misunderstanding and mistake on my part.
Many restaurants offer gift certificates in different denominations. Be sure to take a look at the menu and buy the appropriate denomination gift certificate for the meal you’re planning. Otherwise you will be left with unused gift certificates like me. Fortunately for me, Restaurant.com has a very forgiving exchange policy, which I will be using to exchange my unused gift certificates for other restaurants in my own area since I won’t be in Amish country again soon. But, if I knew I were going again at some point in the future I could hold on to them, since the gift certificates never expire.
2512 Delta Rd
Brogue, PA 17309
What’s your favorite diner food?