Too hot to cook? Dine on a dime at Denny's, Papa John's

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It's supposed to hit 100 degrees in New York City this week. And while it's always balmy in Los Angeles, and Chicago only got its first taste of summer just this week, it's officially mid-July and thus, in our book, too hot to cook. But that doesn't mean you have to go broke eating out. These delicious food and drink deals from Buca di Beppo, Denny's, and Papa John's Pizza will keep your belly and wallet full.

(Read more: 'Dangerous' heat to smother Northeast on Friday)

1. Buca di Beppo Coupon

Discount: $20 off via printable coupon
Expires: July 31

Is It Worth It?: If you've ever been to Buca di Beppo, you know this Italian eatery gets loud and rowdy, and serves extra-large portions for family-style sharing. With this printable coupon, you get $20 off any combination of two pastas, baked pastas, or entrees. It's good for dine-in only, and excludes pizza and lunch items, with a limit of one coupon per visit and per table. Taxes and gratuity are excluded as well. But there's no limit on how big an appetite you can bring with you.

2. Denny's Coupon

Discount: 20 percent off via printable coupon
Expires: July 28

Is It Worth It?: Denny's is one of the capitals of American comfort food, and this printable coupon snags you 20% off your entire check, excluding taxes, gratuity, and alcoholic beverages. Ah, but where is the nearest Denny's? Just enter your ZIP code into this handy restaurant locator to find a participating restaurant near you. Then you can stop dreaming, and start scoring some Apple Pie French Toast, or BBQ Pepper Jack Country-Fried Steak. Mmmmmmmm.

3. P.F. Chang's Coupon

Store: Facebook
Discount: $10 off
Expires: August 31

Is It Worth It?: In the mood for something sweet and spicy? Head to a participating P.F. Chang's location with your $10 off coupon in-hand and you'll be Liking this deal twice over. (You do have to Like it once on Facebook to get your $10 off coupon, which is valid on dine-in orders of $40 or more, and yes you'll be asked to fill in personal information.) This discount beats our February mention of 20% off takeout orders and is the best coupon we've seen from P.F. Chang's.

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4. Papa John's Pizza Coupon

Discount: 50 percent off a large pizza via coupon code "CHOOSE50"
Expires: July 21

Is It Worth It?: Why settle for an extra slice when you can chop your pizza in half (price-wise, that is)! What's more, this coupon code is applicable to additional pizzas (though you'll have to enter it each time). Feeling more like a meal? Opt for a large pizza and 2-liter drink for $10 (via coupon code "POST2L"), which we saw last month and is still available. Delivery and other fees may apply.

5. Omaha Steaks Summer Fun Pack

Store: Groupon
Price: $54.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $64
Expires: July 22

Is It Worth It?: Our cavemen ancestors hunted meat in packs; these days, we can hunt meat in fun packs a la the Omaha Steaks Summer Fun Pack, which includes two 5 oz. filet mignons, two 5 oz. top sirloins, four 4 oz. gourmet burgers, and one 16 oz. package of Omaha Steakhouse fries. And since we don't consider grilling *cooking*, you can pick up an even greater selection of Omaha Steaks bundles discounted up to 61% off.