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We gave 417 Magazine staffer Dylan Whitaker a crisp $20 bill and put him up to a challenge: Eat lunch at a local restaurant every day for one week, and use nothing more than this $20. Here’s what happened.
At first I was a little freaked out with my assignment to stretch $20 across five lunch excursions. Honestly, that’s not a lot of money (unless you know a restaurant that runs a daily Vienna sausage and saltines lunch special). But after I started creeping on restaurant websites, I quickly learned there are plenty of cheap eats, and I realized my real problem: How in the world was I going to get enough food to fill my belly on an average of just $4 a day?
It was time to weigh my options. Of course I could just go to the Sam’s Club deli every day and grab a quarter-pound hot dog and 32-ounce drink for less than $2.50, but what’s the fun in that? After some research, I learned that on that particular Thursday, Andy’s Frozen Custard was giving away free cones. Score! I was then inspired to find other spots that offer free food, like the bread, Parmesan cheese, olive and garlic that comes with your meal at Nonna’s Italian Café, and also spots that offer combos with a little something extra. My culinary journey took me to Italy, Mexico, Cajun country and China before I ended with an old-fashioned all-American slider, and it only set us back $20. Take notes. —Dylan Whitaker
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