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With deals like these at local eateries, you won

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With deals like these at local eateries, you won’t want to miss a night dining out.

Bargain sushi? It’s all relative, but there’s no arguing that the Course Meal ($50 for two) at Mashiko’s (West Seattle, 4725 California Ave. SW; 206.935.4339) is worth every pinched penny. The five-course, chef’s choice dinner, including two appetizers, assorted nigiri and roll sushi, an entrée and dessert, is more than generous. But price-wise? It’s omakase light.

At  Purple Cafe (Woodinville, 14459 Woodinville-Redmond Road NE, 425.483. 7129); Kirkland, 323 Park Place Center, 425.828.3772; Downtown, 1225 Fourth Ave., 206.829.2280), a three-course dinner that might include a goat cheese to start, a stellar Caesar, and scallop and prawn skewers, can be enjoyed for $32 any night of the week. Splurge on wine pairings for just $12 more.

Neighborhood charmer La Medusa (Columbia City, 4857 Rainier Ave. S; 206.723. 2192) is famed for its summertime Market Menu, but come winter, chef Sean Dominoski breaks out the brass couscousier (you guessed it: couscous cooker) and creates lovely three-course couscous menus ($25), featuring slow-cooked meats or fragrant vegetable stews, each Wednesday night until mid-May. Dessert—usually a simple cake or creamy zabaglione—is couscous free.

Café Campagne (Pike Place Market, 1600 Post Alley; 206.728.2233), more casual (and a lot less expensive) than its upstairs sibling Campagne, serves up classic, hearty French bistro fare. If you’re intimidated by the menu or just can’t settle on one dish, consider the “French 101” prix fixe menu ($34). The rich, three-course meal changes seasonally, but recently included pork rillettes, roasted quails wrapped in bacon and grape leaves, and a heavenly red-wine-poached pear.

Even if you’re not rushing off to a night at the symphony, consider taking advantage of the “Before the Show” special ($29) at BOKA Kitchen + Bar (Downtown, 1010 First Ave.; 206.357.9000). The three-course menu changes daily, depending on what’s fresh, though you can usually count on crème brûlée for dessert. Served daily from 5 to 6:30 p.m., it’s the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a decadent, weeknight meal out.

It’s not often that you can have a meal specially prepared by one of your favorite chefs outside of his or her restaurant. (And rarer still, that meal would be reasonably priced.) Enter Guest Chef Night at FareStart (Downtown, 700 Virginia St.; 206.443.1233), where local chefs, along with students from the FareStart culinary program, cook up three-course dinners for guests for $24.95. This weekly Thursday event, which has featured chefs from every notable restaurant in town, has the added bonus of doing good—FareStart’s mission is to help homeless and disadvantaged men and women by giving them skills to find work in the food service industry.