Why is Tuesday a good night for dining out?

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Tuesdays are, traditionally, slower restaurant nights. That’s why many local restaurants think of creative ways to lure patrons into the dining room. Here are a few suggestions:

A  $17 steak dinner — with side dishes? Where?

At restaurateur Laura Norris’ Ragazza Deli & Wine (301 Westport Road, 816-960-4744) — which was still called Cucina della Ragazza when The Pitch reviewed it in 2014 — Tuesday nights are special. That’s when this tiny Westport restaurant offers a steak dinner special. (We love this one so much that we gave it a best of in October.) The choices are a 12-ounce strip steak and a 6-ounce beef tenderloin. The strip is priced at $17; Norris started requesting a $5 upcharge for the beef tenderloin when the cost of beef spiked earlier this year. Both dinners include a choice of Caesar or Italian garden salad, and the sides are polenta and green beans. You’ll probably need a reservation.

Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen (1526 Walnut, 816-842-2660) has introduced a three-course $30 dinner, available only on Tuesday nights. It’s called “Tasty Tuesdays,” and executive chef Brian Aaron and sous chef Joe Spiegal are alternating Tuesday nights so that they both get to exercise their considerable culinary talents. The menu changes completely every Tuesday.

The $30 deal can include, for an additional $15, half-glass wine pairings.

Tonight’s Tasty Tuesday menu begins with ricotta ravioli smothered in oxtail ragu (which can be paired with Montesecondo Chianti Classico 2012). Next up: a grilled Duroc pork chop, served with whey-roasted onion, red potato and Brussels-sprout ragu. The wine for this course is Danilo Thomain Enfer d’Arvier 2013. The dessert course is a slice of beautifully moist olive-oil cake — chef Spiegal uses butter in his recipe — topped with whipped cream and blueberry reduction. Reservations are suggested, but walk-ins are welcome.

A number of local restaurants offer “Taco Tuesday” specials — primarily during the dinner hour. El Patrón Cocina and Bar (2905 Southwest Boulevard, 816-931-6400) sells its chicken, beef and el pastor tacos for $1.99 each.

The Drunken Worm (1405 West 39th Street, 816-326-7209) sells four beef tacos or four bean tacos tonight for $2.99.

Los Tules (1656 Broadway, 816-421-9229) offers $1 tacos on Tuesdays from 4 to 9 p.m., dine-in only.

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