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Gaston
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Ever been shocked at the price of a special?
My wife chose one of the simpler specials, not the mahi topped with a soft shell crab stuffed with crawfish orzo, at a restaurant in town...just a scallop dish. They do a surf and turf, field and stream they call it, as a special too, and we were pretty sure the more exotic specials are spendy...but we didn’t ask prices since there were just so many specials, probably wouldn’t have anyway but this wasn’t a special occasion warranting splurging.

Don’t want to draw this out, here’s the dish.
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Now I understand if it were a big city, super nice place...were we wrong to be surprised that dish was $40 in Bay St Louis? Nothing on the dinner menu is over $34, and that’s a large, aged filet.
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Reda LSU
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re: Ever been shocked at the price of a special?
My understanding on a restaurant special is a specialty item that the head chef specializes in cooking. I enjoy trying the specials because usually they are bomb

eta: $40 is hella expensive for that.
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Y.A. Tittle
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re: Ever been shocked at the price of a special?
What’s that yellow stuff on top of the scallops?


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re: Ever been shocked at the price of a special?
I'd be pretty pissed that I paid $40 for bacon wrapped anything


Gaston
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re: Ever been shocked at the price of a special?
Mango something.


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Gaston
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re: Ever been shocked at the price of a special?
My wife pulled the bacon off and ate it separately. Scallops don’t need bacon.


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re: Ever been shocked at the price of a special?
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My wife pulled the bacon off and ate it separately. Scallops don’t need bacon.

I love bacon, but 99% of foods don't need it to be tasty


Eggs? yes
Burger? sure


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TH03
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re: Ever been shocked at the price of a special?
$40 for that is criminal imo


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LouisianaLady
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re: Ever been shocked at the price of a special?
It has been years since it was discussed on here (probably since nobody goes anymore), but Little Village was famous for this. At the time, nothing on their menu was over $30 (and that was for the most expensive steak) but their specials would regularly be in the $40s.


TigerGrl73
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re: Ever been shocked at the price of a special?
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just a scallop dish

Scallops are always high in restaurants.

My husband ordered a lamb special at a restaurant in Little Rock probably over ten years ago. Didn't ask the price.
It was close to $50 and not even well-executed.
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Gaston
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re: Ever been shocked at the price of a special?
The “Cajun risotto” wasn’t the best, and this was billed as the pasta du jour.


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hungryone
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re: Ever been shocked at the price of a special?
Price hiding is why I hate verbally recited specials. Write the damn things down, or train the staff to mention the price.


Gaston
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re: Ever been shocked at the price of a special?
He did say the Field and Stream was one of their “higher end offerings”, but didn’t hint at the other specials.

I know another place in town keeps some items on the special board as to not mention the price...$18 crab cakes, but I’ve heard the servers tell the table so they aren’t blind sided by an expensive app.


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colorchangintiger
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re: Ever been shocked at the price of a special?
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Scallops are always high in restaurants.


Pat's of Henderson in LC has scallops on the lunch menu. I get them often. usually 8-10 nice sized scallops for $14 with salad and a drink. I know it's not the same as a dinner special. I would have pegged the OP meal to be ~$32


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Oenophile Brah
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re: Ever been shocked at the price of a special?
Funny topic to bring up. Just last friday I tried the new Jewel of the South bar/restaurant in the Quarter. Really nice place with really solid cocktail list and sharing plates menu. Looking over the menu, most items are listed around $15-20. The waitress mentions a special fish and chips which we ordered. Of course, no price listed. The portion was small with 1 decent size piece of fried cod and some delicious fried chips. The bill comes and it was $25!! The single highest priced item on the menu and the portion was tiny. For $25, I expected at least several pieces of fish along with the chips.

I'll be back for the cocktails, but I won't be fooled into $25 street food.



Epic Cajun
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re: Ever been shocked at the price of a special?
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My understanding on a restaurant special is a specialty item that the head chef specializes in cooking.

I'm not sure that this is the typical meaning of a special. Usually, it's something off menu that is in limited supply that the chef/restaurant picked up from one of their food suppliers, or possibly a local market and is prepared in a manner that is not typical of other menu items.

ETA: I don't typically order scallops at a restaurant, so I'm not sure how I'd feel about that meal for $40. If I'm ordering a special, I'm not concerned with price for that meal, though.


Athis
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re: Ever been shocked at the price of a special?
Same thing happened to me about 20 years ago. I got the crabmeat ravioli. It was over $25.00 for four medium sized ravioli. Just learned my lesson to ask for the price..


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Jones
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re: Ever been shocked at the price of a special?
Restaurant IPO in baton rouge did this. Told us about their special app of the day and it sounded good so we got it. All their apps are $10 and under with most being around $8 so we didn't think anything of it.

shite was $30 on the bill.

They are closed. Lol


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gumbo2176
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re: Ever been shocked at the price of a special?
$40 for that plate of food!!!! That flower on top would have to be the size of a damn Magnolia.


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scott8811
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re: Ever been shocked at the price of a special?
Not when it involves scallops. It always seems high for how much you get, but good scallops will always cost you


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