At a DFW Restaurant Week kick-off party on August 6, 2015, Matt Orth (left) and Kyle Hilla prepare cocktails for guests. Restaurant Week is a once-a-year tradition where diners get deals on food, with some proceeds going to charity.

At a DFW Restaurant Week kick-off party on August 6, 2015, Matt Orth (left) and Kyle Hilla prepare cocktails for guests. Restaurant Week is a once-a-year tradition where diners get deals on food, with some proceeds going to charity.

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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.

Here's where you can eat on the cheap during DFW Restaurant Week

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:

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