If you have a trip to the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex planned during the month of August, make sure to come hungry. The rather badly named DFW Restaurant Week is back and better than ever, scheduled to kick off with a preview weekend August 7th-9th. I say badly named, because while the official DFW Restuarant Week runs August 10th through 16th, many participating restaurants run the promotion for either two weeks, through August 23rd, or for three weeks, through August 30th. Thus, if business or pleasure brings you to Dallas pretty much anytime in August, chances are you’ll be able to find a participating restaurant.
During DFW Restaurant Week, more than 125 of the top restaurants in the Metroplex offer 3-course prix fixe menus for dinner, with roughly half priced at $35 per person, and the rest at $45 per person. A handful of establishments also offer a 2-course “Cadillac Lunch”, this year at a reduced price of just $20 per person. As has been the case in prior years, participating restaurants are a good mix of local Dallas-area institutions, along with regional and national upscale chains (think Pappa’s Brothers Steakhouse or Ruth’s Chris). In addition, if you live in the DFW area, several restaurants offer a special “Central Market Fourth Course”, which can be earned by spending $25 or more at any DFW-area Central Market location (show your receipt at customer service for a certificate). Tax and tip is not included, but even at $45 a head, these menus do represent pretty good value, given that normal prices can easily exceed $75 per person, not including alcohol. Links to menus can be found online here (some restaurants have not yet posted), but if the prix fixe menus don’t strike your fancy, you can order off the regular menu at regular prices.
CAUTION: though advance reservations are rarely needed in Dallas, except maybe on Saturdays, participating restaurants can get crowded during the applicable promotion period. I would strongly advise reservations a few days ahead of time, which can be made through OpenTable (the above link to CBS DFW also contains links to each restaurant’s reservation site). Also, while some chain restaurants are participating, NOT ALL LOCATIONS within the Metroplex may be included. Check the official list of particiapting restaurants using the link above before heading out to avoid disappointment.
I won’t even pretend to have visited every single restaurant on the Restaurant Week list, but if you are looking for ideas, I’d recommend the following: Javier’s (Mexico City-style gourmet Mexican), Saint Ann (contemporary American, and some excellent Happy Hour drink specials), and Sissy’s Southern Kitchen (modern Southern cuisine). If you’re headed to the suburbs, Steve Fields’ Steak & Lobster Lounge and Season’s 52 Fresh Grill, both in Plano, are pretty decent, too. Come to town hungry, and enjoy!
Photo at top: peppercorn crusted filet and baked potato at Steve Fields Steak & Lobster Lounge, Plano.