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A Cool $20 Off From the "Two Hot Tamales"

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Coupons and specials for dining out are so hit and miss. Most often the fine print renders the coupon nearly useless, unless you want to eat dinner at 4:00 p.m. or you don't want to order alcohol, the savings expires in about ten minutes from now, or you have to order a certain number of entrees in order to save a couple of bucks. We went right to the fine print on the coupon that was handed to us with our receipt on a recent visit to our nearest Whole Foods Market. The "Border Girls," Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, are gifting Whole Foods shoppers with a generous coupon for $20 off a lunch or dinner check of $50 or more at either of their Los Angeles eateries, Santa Monica's Border Grill, and Downtown's Ciudad. It's valid until August 31, 2005, says nothing about not including alcohol, and even has a friendly reminded to tip your server for the full amount of the check. All you have to do is remember to bring both the coupon and a Whole Foods receipt for any amount, and the savings are yours. We think this is a fantastic dining out deal. We're longtime fans of the Border Grill, and are eager to try the not-new but still often talked about Ciudad. We can even maximize the whole experience by reserving our table through OpenTable.com, too. We'll let you know how it goes! Three cheers for saving twenty bucks, and three cheers for those Border Girls!