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    I know, we were skeptical, too. But IKEA's Restaurant has multiple ways a family of four can eat for under $15.

    Don't get us wrong, we're big fans of the furniture -- but the restaurant always seems like a Target snackbar -- no one would make plans to go to the Target for dinner, right?

    IKEA's PR folks disagree, claiming the IKEA Restaurant "has a great variety of healthy, tasty choices and FREE entertainment for children."

    You make the call, does the Press Release included below make a believer out of you?

    FULL IKEA PRESS RELEASE:
    Dinner for a Family of Four... Under $15? Tasty and Fun at the IKEA Restaurant.

     

    Let’s face it. We all like to eat out. Just leave the cooking behind and go enjoy a fun, family meal. And we’re not talking about a quickie drive-through…you know, the ones with minimal healthy choices. Yet in these challenging economic times, a big question remains. Can a family of four really afford to have dinner out?

     

    At the IKEA restaurant, absolutely yes! In fact a family of four can have a great nutritious dinner for under $15. And no reservations required!

     

    Open from *9:30 am to 8:30 pm, the IKEA restaurant has a great variety of healthy, tasty choices and FREE entertainment for children. No tips to add to the bill. No waiter rushing you out the door.

     

    For example, here’s a great meal for kids, and it only costs $2.49. It includes Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes and a fountain beverage. Times that by two and you just fed two kids for under $5.

     

    For the parents, try the organic pasta with marinara (adult size) and a drink. The total?

    Just $6.56. Two adults, two children, this all adds up to $11.54. Now that’s smart eating and savings too!

     

    Another option for adults; 15 Swedish meatballs with lingonberries, mashed potatoes & soft drink. The cost is $6.28 per adult. And the choices are endless; Buffalo chicken wraps with drink and chips, $5.79. Make that the family meal with your kids $2.49 meal. And have choices for them like organic pasta or Swedish meatballs or mac and cheese, or peanut butter and jelly. And the meal still comes to $16.54. Want a special treat? Every Wednesday is Rib night. For just $7.99 you can get a ½ rack of baby back ribs, french fries and corn bread. This offer is ongoing at all IKEA stores, served from 4pm till closing.

     

    And if breakfast suits your fancy, IKEA breakfasts of scrambled eggs, hash browns and bacon are 99 cents (*served from 9:30 – 11am daily). Family of four; would you believe this meal is $3.96. Plus coffee is free between 9:30 am & 10:00 am. Then check out our Seize the Day offering; FREE breakfast till 10:30 am.*

     

    Want to keep your kids happy and entertained? Put them in the video area and parents can dine with ease. Now how can you not afford to go out?
     

    Information from IKEA Press Release