By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Oct 29, 2008 at 1:33 PM

It's no time to be shy about looking for a deal. With prices on food, rent and health care on the up-swing, these local bars are helping to keep you on budget with great deals on dinner.

Whether serving apps to sustain you through happy hour or a meat-licious burger or taco meal, many local bars and restaurants give you something cheap to chew on while you drink down a few. No matter your choice, these specials satisfy your appetite and your wallet.

Bar Louie
1114 N. Water St., (414) 847-1492
Think all Bar Louie's are the same? Try again. Stop by the Milwaukee location of this national chain for local deals and dinner steals. Offering burgers at cheap prices, check out Bar Louie on Tuesdays for dollar burgers and Sunday's for six sliders for $9. There's also a location in Bayshore Town Center.

Elsa's on the Park
833 N. Jefferson St., (414) 765-0615

Every Monday, Elsa's switches it up and offers the Gary Stein Chicken Monday Menu. Known for its pork sandwiches, wings and nachos, the Gary Stein menu swaps pork for chicken and offers a list of Monday only sandwiches. All served with a huge chicken breast, preparation options include Elsa's Chicken, grilled in dragon sauce with pecans, peppers and honey mustard, or the AZ88, tossed in buffalo sauce, celery and blue cheese. With 10 options in all, you can mix it up every Monday.

425 E. Wells St., (414) 278-8586
Hungry late-night and looking for a deal? Stop by Flannery's for its late night power hour of half price apps from 9 to 11 p.m. Satisfy your late night cravings with wings, quesadillas, nachos, chicken tenders and chicken cordon bleu balls.

222 E. Erie St., (414) 727-9300

High end eats on the cheap? Hard to believe but see for yourself at Hinterland every Tuesday. Offering a Tuesday only special, cozy up in the restaurant's back room lounge for $3 fish tacos topped with cabbage slaw, house-made cilantro aioli and chili sauce. Served during happy hour with double bubble drink specials.

Leff's Lucky Town
7208 W. State St., (414) 258-9886

Leff's Lucky Town may be the city's king for offering a deal on dinner. Almost every night of the week, Leff's lures diners and drinkers alike to try out its tasty bar eats while downing Miller products. Specials include build your own burger ($3.50) Meat Cake Monday, 40-cent wings on Tuesdays, cheap tacos and nachos all Wednesday long and 75-cent sliders or chicken strips on Thursdays.

4919 W. North Ave., (414) 871-5050
If you've lived in Milwaukee long enough, you've heard about the legendary McBob's tacos. An Irish bar, usually serving the traditional corn beef and potato fair, McBob's goes south of the border several days a week to offer giant tacos. On Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday McBob's serves up huge, 10-inch flour tortillas filled with beef or chicken, cheese, onion, tomato, lettuce, sour cream and salsa for just $3.50. One warning, don't request a fork.

8031 W. Greenfield Ave., (414) 257-2854
In the tradition of local corner pubs, Paulie's offers affordable specials for hardworking customers all week long. Known throughout the city for its sell-out fish fry, stop in Monday for 40 cent wings, Tuesday for $2 jumbo tacos, Wednesday for $23.99 all you can eat crab or Sunday's for Nathan's Famous $3 hot dogs.

Slim McGinns
338 S. 1st St., (414) 271-7546
The deals at Slim's are almost unbeatable. With chicken or beef soft shell tacos every Monday for just $3.95 all you can eat or Tuesday's all you can eat crab legs for $17.95 it's hard to pass up these fund saving steals.

1033 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 291-5600

Tutto's part sports bar, part trendy lounge feel is the perfect place to enjoy something on the cheap. Stop in Tuesday's for $2 Bambino sliders topped with caramelized onion, aged cheddar, tomato. Can't make it Tuesday? Pop in the following day for half-off spicy schezwan, buffalo, honey mustard or bbq thai wings.

Wicked Hop
345 N. Broadway, (414) 223-0345
On Sundays and Mondays, the Wicked Hop draws the carnivorous beef loving crowd with its Burger Madness special. The purchase of the black Angus burger gives you the option to load on as many toppings as you like for no charge. Choose from an assortment of cheeses, bacon, guacamole, mushrooms, onions, peppers and more.