The Frugal Freddy dining group is a Special Interest Group within the Pattaya City Expat Club (PCEC) run by a member named Hawaii Bob.
“As an expat living here in Pattaya for 6 years I’ve seen the value of the dollar shrink by 30%, inflation in Thailand raise by 15% so I and others like me have to stretch their dollar or Euro or pound to limits that require innovative thinking to keep up with the lifestyle we want to enjoy. Even cutting out or down on the alcohol, avoiding go-go bars and the temptations that go with it requires additional creative endeavors to live within my current budget, thus Frugal Freddy was born.” Bob told the Pattaya Times.
" We have over 200 members on our e-mail database, we send out notices on Friday and Sunday where we are meeting this week, and 20 to 40 of us show up for dinner at 6pm on Monday. The restaurants are never busy at 6pm on Monday and welcome the business. As inducement they give us a 20% discount on food and drink."
If you are finding your budget stretched or you want to meet a group of friendly expats once a week or when you are in town send Hawaii Bob a e-mail to get on his list. Hawaiibob4you@yahoo.com Participating restaurants are marked on a Google Map called Frugal Freddy Pattaya along with a brief description of the fare offered by that restaurant. If you are a current card carrying member of PCEC you are offered the 20% discount any time you visit and show your membership card. Membership cards are available at the weekly PCEC meeting on Sunday Morning 9:30 at the Amari Tavern by the Sea restaurant.
Attention Restaurant Owners: If you value the Expat Community as customers and would like to find out more about the program and how you might participate in getting 7 new customers a year at no out of pocket advertising cost e-mail me with your name, restaurant name and location and your phone number and I will set up an appointment to stop by.
Comments and testimonials from some of our members
“If you like to eat. If you like to save money. If you like to meet other people who share your experience is coming to Thailand from another culture. if you like to find a new place each week to do these thing. And, most importantly, if you want someone else to do all of the work of finding the restaurants, getting the discounts, getting the schedule out and greeting you at the door as a newcomer, then join Hawaii Bob in his Frugal Freddy Monday Night Dinners.” Doug C
About Frugal Freddy: Not only were the prices very low, but we get more bang for the buck(baht) than at other restaurants I have eaten at. Sometimes the price and the ambiance have so exceeded my expectations, I could hardly believe it. And it's a great way to get to know people I would not otherwise have connected with. I have discovered new Thai and other ethnic restaurants, that I may not have visited. That's because Bob has sampled their food before adding restaurants to the list, so it's almost like the food is "pre-tasted". In short, the risk is minimal, the food often interesting and different and the price is almost always well within my budget. Two thumbs up! Len L
Mamma Mia: I enjoyed my Stagioni. Ambiance very nice. Joe Mc
Mama Mia: very good. I would enjoy eating there again. Terry G
Mamma Mia: Best lasagna in Pattaya. Steve A
Currently the participating restaurants are:
● Shish Indian Restaurant
● Subway (beach road only)
● Afarinesh Iranian
● Canterbury Tales restaurant and used Books store
● Little Italy Restaurant
● Tequila Reef Cantina
● Pig and Whistle English Restaurant
● Bowling Green Restaurant
● Jolly Friar Restaurant
● Mamma Mia
● Bob’s Burgers & BBQ
● Street Life Deli and Restaurant
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