It's here. DFW Restaurant Week is the time when upscale restaurants in Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding cities offer special menus for a discounted price. Part of that money goes to the North Texas Food Bank and the Lena Pope Home, two charities rooted in D-FW.
Restaurant Week technically begins Monday, Aug. 10, but many restaurants do a sneak peek of their menus by kicking off the deal as early as Friday, Aug. 7. Some Restaurant Week menus continue through Aug. 30.
Most dinners cost $35 to $45 per person. Find the list of restaurants here.
If you want to participate in Restaurant Week, a few tips:
- Make reservations. You can walk in without calling ahead, but you may wait awhile.
- Be ready for crowds. For many finer-dining restaurants, weekdays aren't jam-packed with people. During Restaurant Week(s), most are.
- Expect a set menu. You may be given a few options for each course. But don't expect to be handed a big menu, where everything's magically cheaper. Restaurants usually pick just a few entrees that will please their diners and are also easier to make during busy dinner service.
- Pay extra for wine pairings. Many restaurants will offer wine pairings. Order them if you enjoy wine! And know in advance that those wines may not be included in your $35 to $45 per person cost.
On Thursday, Aug. 6, DFW Restaurant Week hosted a kick-off party in Dallas. Take a look at some of the dishes served: