And Tele critic Joris Minne picks five spots worth a visit
It's food for thought when you can dine out at a Michelin star restaurant for just over a tenner.
And you can thank our much-maligned government for coming up with the idea of making fine dining accessible to the masses.
So if you've ever fancied whetting your palette at one star holder Michael Deane's EIPIC in Belfast, you can gobble up the opportunity to do so now for as little as £12.
Or what about booking a table at the world-famous Europa Hotel, which, along with the six other Hastings Hotels' properties, will be serving up meals at a margin of their usual price?
It's all part of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme which kicks off today and is supported by many of Northern Ireland's leading eateries.
James McGinn, general manager of the Europa Hotel, described it as "a fantastic initiative" that will "play an important role in helping with the recovery of the hospitality sector across Northern Ireland".
"The Europa is offering great all-day dining options for the whole family including a new menu to maximise the dine out discount (excluding beverages) and with the reduction applied, the two-course option works out at only £10 for diners, the three-course option is only £15 and it's just £4 for a two-course children's menu," Mr McGinn said.
"With the offer valid Monday to Wednesday, I think it will encourage people to visit local hotels, restaurants and bars on nights they might not normally.
"All seven of the Hastings Hotels are taking part in the scheme and people can look forward to a fabulous selection of menus, using the very best of local produce, at even better value than normal."
Belfast Telegraph restaurant critic Joris Minne said the next four weeks "provide a welcome chance for us all to enjoy food and non-alcoholic drinks at half price or at a discount".
He has recommended five cafes for readers based "on the strength that they offer the best possible value for money because of their price point".
"What this means is that if you spend up to £20 on your food and drink, you'll actually only have to spend a tenner," he said.
"Anything above that will result in the law of diminishing returns and your bill will be reduced by a tenner per person.
"Anything below that and everything is half price: so two coffees for a fiver will only cost you £2.50."
Mr Minne added: "The fact that these cafes offer actual lunches and traybakes as well as juices, coffees, teas and soft drinks means they largely fall into that sweet spot of maximum spend."
The innovative idea sees registered establishments offering 50% discount to diners on menu items on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between August 3 and 31.
And it means each person can get a reduction of up to a maximum of £10 on food and non-alcoholic drinks consumed in restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and participating businesses for the rest of the month.
The aim is to help businesses who were closed due to the coronavirus crisis by encouraging customers to dine in, with establishments able to claim the money back from the government.
Many big businesses and chain restaurants have announced they are planning to participate in the scheme, with more being added regularly.
There's also a tool on the gov.uk website to find smaller restaurants and local establishments. All you need to do is enter your postcode and it will detail all the venues offering the discount within a two mile radius of the postcode you use.
The government adds that some restaurants may not have registered for the scheme yet so it's worth asking your favourite restaurant or pub if they are signed up.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the scheme is designed "to help breathe life back into our badly hit hospitality sector - helping to protect the jobs of the 1.8 million hard-working people employed by our much-loved local restaurants, cafes and pubs".
He added: "We want people to support the Covid-secure establishments that have reopened their doors up and down the country, and enjoy the summer in a safe environment."
The hospitality sector took a massive hit during the coronvirus lockdown. Restaurants were told to close on March 20, with some tentatively reopening on July 4.
But hospitality post-corona is very different, with social distancing limiting space, requirements to gather data from diners, not to mention the cleaning requirements.
To find a participating restaurant near you just click on the link and enter your postcode: https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/eat-out-to-help-out/find-a-restaurant.
District Coffee, 82 Stranmillis Road, Belfast. BT9 5AD. Richard Stitt has established District in various parts of the city offering healthy but exciting superfoods and salads as well as all sorts of naughtier and heftier goods including very sinful sausage rolls and traybakes.
Kaffe O, 411 Ormeau Road, Belfast, BT7 3GP. Step into some urban Danish style and let on you're in Copenhagen for the next hour. The coffee is as Nordic as the stews and lunches and you'll feel revitalised and possibly a bit smug too for having eaten so well and so healthily.
The Pocket, 68 Upper Church Lane, Belfast. BT1 4QL. Tiny but perfectly formed, The Pocket (and the other one at Queen's) puts out some fabulous breakfasts. This is next generation crushed avocado on sourdough and the offer of baps with fried chorizo, sun-dried tomato ketchup, salsa criolla and halloumi guarantees the café a spot in bearded hipster heaven.
National Grand Café, 62 High Street, Belfast BT1 2BE. As Belfast as the Albert Clock, the National is a high-ceilinged, bare-bricked chapel of cool. Plenty of space for safe social distancing and very decent lunches.
Café Carberry, 153-155 Victoria Street, Belfast BT1 4PE. Crooks, criminals, lawyers and barristers? They're all equals in Carberry which still has that inexplicable magic of busy bustling noisiness and quiet, business-like intimacy. Wholesome lunches and good coffee keep the wheels of the legal world spinning smoothly.