If there is somewhere you want to try, get a reservation now. The better ones fill up pretty fast. I tried a place with availibilities last minute last night and saw why. Food ok, but they jammed in so many people that people were getting hit in the back and service…well, it’s a good thing my friends and I had a lot to talk about.
The Chicago Tribune ran an article in today’s edition that several Chicago restaurants have agreed on a restaurant week format. It will be the last week of February and feature $21.95 lunches and $31.95 dinners. The intial list of restaurants is pretty impressive.
DC and a few surrounding areas have restaurant weeks twice a year. Places either put together a fixed price menu with three courses or they leave their normal menu open but bar a few items. Usually lunch and dinner, but they can opt out.
People have had mixed results. On the one hand, it’s a great way to try out a normally too pricey place. On the other, some restaurants phone in their restaurant week items or no good choices and wait staffs are overwhelmed. I have had fun noticing restaurants who have never had anything worth the standard $30 dinner, even if they gave you 6 courses, signing up to be a RW restaurant. Perhaps they add some truffles during restaurant week.
Anyway, anyone else have any experiences? I’m heading out to one tonight. It’s a craps shoot, but sometimes you come up big.
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