By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Jun 23, 2014 at 10:05 AM Photography: shutterstock.com

Summer is short. So, why wait until Friday or Saturday to enjoy a night out?  Area restaurants are offering plenty of mid-week specials.

Here’s just a sampling of what you can enjoy.

Tuesdays

Enjoy bratwurst or hot dogs serve with corn on the cob and homemade chips for $5.95 at O’Lydia’s, 338 S. 1st St. Pair your meal with $2 domestic bottles from 5 p.m. to close.

Get your fried fish taco fish at St. Paul Fish Company in the Milwaukee Public Market, where you can get two delicious tacos for just $5.

It’s also two-for-one burger night at The Loaded Slate, 1137 N. Old World 3rd St. Buy any burger on the menu at regular price and get a second for free. 

Wednesdays

It’s chicken and waffles night at Ashley’s Que, 124 W. National Ave. Take a seat on the patio and enjoy a cool drink along with their amazing chicken and waffles for just $8.99.

Enjoy barbequed, smoked and grilled delights, paired with a selection of delicious beers, on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer at Meritage, 5921 W Vliet St.

Head to Hinterland Erie St. Gastropub, 222 E. Erie St. for $10 Pinn Oak Ridge Farms lamb gyros with Hidden Springs feta and fries. Wash it down with a pint of beer at $1 off.

Or opt for Burger Wednesdays at Bavette La Boucherie, 330 E. Menomonee St., where they’ll be offering up gourmet grass-fed burgers topped with flavors like green garlic pesto, blue cheese and roasted grapes or pimento cheese, bacon and picked jalapeño aioli for $13.50.

Thursdays

Every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. is Offal Happy hour at Bavette La Boucherie, 330 E. Menomonee St. Enjoy $5 glasses of wine and $1 off beer as you snack on small plates of the "odd bits" priced at $5 each.

Or make it a tapas night at Antigua, 5823 W. Burnham St. Enjoy four delicious tapas for only $25.00, and top shelf margaritas for $6 each.

Get your sushi on at Umami Moto, 718 N. Milwaukee St., at Insane Sushi Thursday when sushi rolls start at $5 and small plates start at just $3. 

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.