Hard to believe it’s already August, when the true meaning of “Dog Days of Summer” becomes apparent in North Texas, but if your travels bring you to the DFW area through August 31st, make sure to take advantage of the (rather badly named) DFW Restaurant Week. I say badly named, because in fact, DFW Restaurant Week runs nearly the entire month of August, with “Preview” weekend scheduled for August 8th-10th, and then a different set of participating restaurants each week beginning the week of August 11th and continuing through the 31st.
During DFW Restaurant Week, 130 fine dining establishments across the Metroplex offer special, 3-course prix fixe lunch and dinner offerings in addition to their regular menus. Prix fixe specials run $25 for lunch and $35 for dinner ($45 at some restaurants), with 20% of the proceeds benefitting the North Texas Food Bank. There is a large selection of both chain and local restaurants participating across a variety of cuisines, and the prices are often a significant discount over standard menu prices (you can still order off the regular menu if the prix fixe doesn’t strike your fancy). Tax and tip is extra. A full list of participating restaurants, with links to websites and Restaurant Week prix fixe menus, can be found here. If you’re going to be in town on business or visiting friends or family anyway, you might as well take advantage of these specials to enjoy some 5-star dining at 3-star prices!
TRAVEL ADVISORY: although you rarely need dinner reservations at Dallas-area restaurants, even high-end establishments, Restaurant Week locations do tend to be considerably more crowded while the promotions are running, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. Consider making reservations a few days ahead of time if you’re planning a visit to a participating restaurant. Also, while some chain restaurants are participating, NOT ALL LOCATIONS within the Metroplex may be included. Check the full list at the link above to make sure before venturing out.
If you’re looking for ideas, I have three local joints to recommend – Javier’s (gourmet Mexican), Saint Ann (contemporary American, and some excellent Happy Hour drink specials), and Sissy’s Southern Kitchen (modern Southern cuisine). Come to town hungry, and enjoy!