Discount seekers, are you leaving a lousy tip?

How much to tip on that discounted dish? Either way, your server must bring it to your table. (Cox Newspapers)
Is that a discounted dish? Either way, your server must bring it to your table. (Cox Newspapers)

There’s a reason why restaurant servers dislike discount coupons, gift cards and freebie deals: They get shortchanged when the final bill is tallied.

Are you one of those discount-seeking diners who leaves a lousy tip?

Here are a few signs that you just may be one:

1. You use a coupon that considerably lowers the cost of your meal — but you tip on the discounted amount.

2. Your party splits the bill four ways. You pay your fair share of the gratuity, but say nothing when your table mates leave woefully low tips. Did you not all enjoy the same meal and level of service?

3. You pay your bill with a gift card and think it magically covers the tip.

What’s the proper way to tip on a discounted meal or gift card-purchased meal?

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Critic’s pick: nice-price wines at Lake Park’s Pelican Café

A selection of wines inside The Pelican Cafe in Lake Park on May 16, 2014. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
The Pelican Cafe, Lake Park. (Richard Graulich/ The Palm Beach Post)

North county pick: PELICAN CAFÉ

The owners of Lake Park’s charming Pelican Café have returned from vacation in a generous mode. After a short break, they reopened the eatery last week with a terrific “fall back” deal:

All wines by the glass or bottle are half-price through the end of October. The café’s wine selection offers spot-on pairings for the Pelican’s Italian-centric menu.

Bonus: Dine between 5 and 6 p.m. and get 20 percent off your entire check. Reservations are strongly suggested for dinner. Closed Mondays. See full hours on the café’s website.

Pelican Café: 612 US Highway 1, Lake Park; 561-842-7272;

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Critic’s pick: fresh-baked bread and prime pizza in Royal Palm Beach

Margherita pizza at Francesca's Pizza and Wine Bar, Royal Palm Beach. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)
Margherita pizza at Francesca’s, Royal Palm Beach. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)

Central-west county pick: FRANCESCA’S

This is the kind of red-sauce place you’d want in your neighborhood.

At Francesca’s Pizza & Restaurant, husband and wife team Danielle Vallone and Tasos Kentimenos bake their bread fresh daily, handcraft the marinara and all the classic dishes. Kentimenos is a master of the pizza crust — he turns out a nicely crisp, but substantial crust.

The eatery offers a nice wine and craft beer menu, ample, fresh salads and tasty appetizers.

Bread is baked fresh daily at Francesca's. (Damon Higgins/ The Palm Beach Post)
Bread is baked fresh daily at Francesca’s. (Damon Higgins/ The Palm Beach Post)

Dining deal: Spend $15 (before tax and tip) at Francesca’s and get a free appetizer plate of mozzarella sticks, fried ravioli, zucchini sticks or garlic bread with cheese. The offer is good until Nov. 30 and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

Francesca’s Pizza & Restaurant: 11452 Okeechobee Blvd., Royal Palm Beach; 561-422-0600

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