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Deals start at a buck at Bar Louie's burger night

We are always on the prowl for a meal deal.

Yes, we know about “taco Tuesdays” and it is all well and good. But here’s a Tuesday night deal you might want to check out – burger night at Bar Louie at the Walden Galleria from 4 p.m. to close.

A burger is a buck. Yes, $1 with the purchase of a beverage (dine-in only).

The joint was packed when we arrived just after 7 p.m. and the hostess said it would be a 20-minute wait. She shrugged with an apology, “It’s burger night.” We scored two seats at the bar and it worked out just fine.

A burger starts at a $1 with lettuce and a bun. You get your choice of a beef burger, chicken breast or ground turkey burger. (The beef burger is listed as 430 calories; the others are 500 and 520 respectively.)

Start building to your burger with toppings, which are additional. Add 75 cents each for cheese: cheddar, provolone, pepper jack, Swiss, American, mozzarella, Parmesan-blue cheese or blue cheese crumbles.

Add 50 cents each for tomato, onion (raw, grilled or strings), pickles, grilled mushroom and jalapeno.

A category called Artery Cloggers (for some strange reason) has items for 75 cents. We get the bacon, but scratched our heads at guacamole, spicy giardiniera (Italian pickled veggies) and avocado.

Under "Get Saucy" add mayo, barbecue, Buffalo, barbecue ranch, blue cheese, pesto mayo, ranch and something called en fuego for 25 cents.

For those who don’t like to think (like me), skip right to the Make It A Specialty Burger section and choose from a spiked Bulleit bourbon burger ($5.50) or discounted menu burgers (Chicago Stockyard, Louie, Blue Louie, Fried Louie, Southwest, Backyard Barbecue or Philly, all $4.50).

The Southwest burger at Bar Louie is $4.50.

I went Southwest burger that came with pepper jack cheese, jalapeno, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle. My fella, Greg, ordered a burger with provolone, onion strings, tomato and barbecue sauce for a grand total of $3.

We added a basket of fries for $4.49.

The burgers exceeded our expectations, especially because they came out fast and were served on a lovely toasted brioche bun. Both were juicy and fairly good-sized with lots of toppings. A first bite told us all we needed to know (as did the big crowd). It is a really good burger bargain.

Fresh-cut fries came in a big basket and were super-hot. We were stuffed to the gills.

Bar Louie makes really scrumptious drinks, including the Strawberry Lemon Sangria I sucked down. Alas, had I put my readers on I would have seen it was $9.50. A 20-ounce Dos Equis was $6.45. For non-drinkers we are sure the beverage requirement would include a soft drink, as we saw plenty of tables doing just that.

We just missed happy hour that ended at 7 p.m. (and we cannot stay awake for the late one). Regular happy hours run 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 p.m. to close Sunday through Thursday. Drafts are $3.50, wines are $4.50 and signature martinis are $5.50. Select appetizers and flatbreads are half price.

In short, you could really cheap out here on a Tuesday when you might already be inclined to go out earlier (or come out late for that matter). Have a happy hour drink, a burger and go away feeling just as satisfied as if you had paid full price.

Bar Louie

Walden Galleria, Cheektowaga (barlouie.com, 989-3950)

Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Brunch: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Wheelchair-accessible: Yes.

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