The cheapest entrée on Opal's menu -- a roasted chicken breast with fried potatoes and caramelized Brussels sprouts - costs $24. So it's notable that the Mt. Pleasant restaurant is now offering a three-course meal for the same price every night before 6:30 p.m.

Guests who consent to dine early can have their pick of appetizer, pasta and dessert for the discounted price. Although the chicken and other entrees aren't included in the deal, if patrons choose wisely, they can score significant savings: Steamed clams and tagliatelle with wild mushrooms, for example, usually sell for $31.

The $24 early bird special is available nightly from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Opal, 1960 Riviera Dr., is closed Sundays.

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