Restaurant Week is upon us


It’s that time of year again, when you get the chance to go to eat at places that normally wouldn’t give you the time of day, or at least not for a price you could afford.

I kid, which I point out to you because that was simply not funny. But how many ways can a man shill a week-long fixed-price event? Here you see my darling girlfriend’s fried chicken over mashed potato with greens and a mustard sauce, from our December visit to Michel Richard’s Citronelle, one of the many fine local establishments not participating in the Winter 2008 Restaurant Week.

Actually no, I have no idea who peed in my Wheaties this morning. Why do you ask? Oh, right.

There’s actually a number of fantastic Restaurant Week choices to be had, all of them being listed here on the official website and all of the OpenTable participating ones listed here (for those of you loathe to spend time on the phone with a reservation agent). Not all of them are on Open Table, though most are, so be sure to check the main list if the place you are dying to go to isn’t on the second.

In terms of quality I highly recommend Acadiana (their gumbo is the best I’ve had outside of New Orleans), Ceiba (even if they didn’t know what a cafe con leche was), Oyamel, Ruth’s Chris (which I have largely replaced in my life with Ray’s The Steaks, but it’s a bargain at RW prices), and last but current top of my list, Willow.

On the flip side, I think you’d have to be off your rocker to make a RW visit to Jaleo or La Tasca. McD’s has the dollar menu all the time if you just want a bargain.

In the middle are places I’ve eaten but been less than bowled over by, such as Mie N Yu and Smith & Wollensky but which are good deals at the price.

We’re down to one scheduled run this year from our usual two, though my darling girlfriend sometimes also makes a lunch outing without me. We’re trying Posh this year, where I have never been before and which I know little about.

As usual the lunches will be approximately $20 and the dinners $30 and seats will have filled up fast, so prepare yourself to eat at 4:45pm or 9:30 and get your reservations in now.

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