It is that time of year: DC Restaurant Week is almost upon us! DC Restaurant Week occurs twice year: August and January (although every four years this us pushed back to February to accommodate the Inauguration Schedule). This year, restaurants are offering a $20.14 lunch menu, and a $35.14 dinner menu. The participating restaurants are listed here. Some tips:
- Make reservations early. Some spots get filled very quickly.
- The restaurants listed range from inexpensive to expensive, so keep in mind the value of the dishes when making your choices. Some spots may not be actually offering you much a bargain when it comes to the $35.15 three course dinner menu.
- Watch out for surcharges. It is not such a great deal when a place is tacking on $10 here for specific entrees and $5 there for a specific dessert. With drink and tip, you may find yourself spending just as much as you typically would during a non-Restaurant Week meal.
- If you can, go for lunch. The true bargain is really the $20.14 lunch deal, which is truly a steal at some restaurants. For example, Fiola participates in this option and includes their burrata appetizer as an option (normally $22 alone at lunch).
- Look for extra perks. Some restaurants offer deals on drinks, or beverage pairings. Other places have add-ons that you would normally not find. For example, Sushi Taro offered a $10 roll you could add to your dinner during Summer Restaurant Week.
Last Restaurant Week, I hit up Menu MBK with A (it is now closed, and after our RW experience I am not surprised), Mintwood Place (it was EXCELLENT) and Sushi Taro (also AMAZING). This year, we plan to go to Rural Society and the new Pinea at the W hotel. Great food is a wonderful way to begin the first month of 2015!