DC Restaurant Week August 19-25

This is my twice yearly public service blog about Restaurant Week in DC (August 19-25). Do you take advantage of this? Restaurant Week takes place twice a year, once in the frigid cold of the post-holidays and then again in the dog days of August. Times when diners are likely to be few. For all the details, Google "restaurant week dc.” For those out of the area, many cities schedule these. A three course lunch (starter, main, and dessert) is only $20.13.

We've been doing this for many years now. We have a group that book lunch at some participating eatery every day of the bargain week. Not the same folks for every place. You know, some really like Italian, but aren't so keen on Indian, whatever. I'm pretty adventurous when it comes to food; Ethiopian, Peruvian, bring it on. Pass the curried goat, would you? Some folks, eh. Meat and potatoes. If you like to explore new cuisines, like I do, it helps to know a lot of different folks. I usually book for six and we always manage to fill the table. The upshot for the customer is that you get to try one of those $50 and up places at a discount price. And the restaurant hopes that if you like the meal, you will be back.

We have our favorites, places we revisit anytime we can get a deal. Our group likes any place by chef Jeff Tunks; DC Coast, Ceiba, or Acadiana. This time we're revisiting Siroc, Morton's and DC Coast, but we try to check out places we have never been before. This year, we are going to Lincoln (in Milano's old space) near McPherson Square and MXDC, Chef Todd English's Mexican place on 14th Street.

Well, you get the idea. Events like this are a great benefit of working in Washington and make a welcome change from that styrofoam container of noodles from the grazing bar. It’s only a week, budget for it both diet-wise and monetarily and you should survive. The best part of it is that you get to eat with friends, always a plus. You can book online for most of these at www.opentable.com a free reservation service. The tables go quickly.

Restaurant Week in Alexandria, Virginia is August 23 to Sept. 1.

Oh, yes, I started a group here on Gov Loop called Gov Gourmet which is dedicated to discussions on food and drink. If you are interested, please feel welcome!

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