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by Andrew Ramonas December 16, 2016 at 1:45 pm 0

Winter Restaurant Week (Image via Twitter/Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington)

Specially priced meals are scheduled to come to D.C. restaurants again this winter.

About four dozen eateries in the Borderstan coverage area are set to take part in the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s Restaurant Week from Monday, Jan. 30, to Sunday, Feb. 5. The restaurants are slated to serve lunches and brunches for $22 and dinners for $35 from prix fixe menus.

The eateries include:

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by Courtney Brown July 15, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

Summer Restaurant Week (Photo via Facebook/Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington)

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s Summer Restaurant Week is almost here again.

About 250 eateries in the D.C. area have signed up to participate in the week-long event from Monday, Aug. 15, to Sunday, Aug. 21, according to a RAMW news release. All the participating restaurants are set to have prix fixe menus, with lunches for $22 and dinners for $35.

For example, diners can have a sushi platter dinner at Perry’s Restaurant (1811 Columbia Road NW) or get a fettuccine al pesto genovese meal at Al Tiramisu (2014 P St. NW).

Other restaurants in the Borderstan coverage area include:

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by Borderstan.com August 15, 2012 at 10:00 am 1,090 2 Comments

"Restaurant Week"

In Borderstan area, look for Restaurant Week participants on Connecticut, P, U, 9th, 14th and 17th Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos) (Luis Gomez Photos)

Editor’s note: The following story first ran on August 16, 2010. We thought you’d again enjoy Alejandra’s advice for bi-annual Restaurant Week, since it arrived again Monday. Metro DC Summer  Restaurant Week runs August 13-19. For participating restaurants in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area, see Borderstan’s Restaurant Week’s 24 choices in the Neighborhood.

Pricing? Lunch is $20.12 for a three-course, fixed-price meal and dinner is $35.12 for a three-course, fixed-price meal. Beverages, gratuity and tax are not included. You can make reservations through Open Table and City Eats DC.

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From Alejandra Owens. You can find her at her food blog, One Bite At A Time. Alejandra also writes for City Eats DC, a Food Network site, where you can book dinner reservations. Email her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @frijolita.

The bi-annual DC Restaurant Week is upon us again. Depending on who you talk to, it’s either the perfect week to dine out like a mad (wo)man or it’s the perfect week to cook at home. Some have even gone so far as to call it amateur week for diners. I wouldn’t go that far — but the week certainly has its pluses and minuses.

The complaints I hear most often about Restaurant Week are that service is slow, menus are limited and the plates are unimpressive. In turn, restaurant industry folks say that people have unrealistic expectations, that restaurants are slammed with numbers far beyond usual and that it’s not a true showing of what a restaurant can give you. I can appreciate both perspectives.

Tips and Favorites

No matter how you feel about Restaurant Week, there are certainly some tips to getting it right. Here are my six tips and some favorites places:

  1. Dining in DC blog. Check out Lisa Shapiro’s Dining In DC blog (she’s a local food writer) for her take on menus — and the places worth checking out. Doing your homework is the first step in making sure you’re getting the most out of the week.
  2. Places to avoid. Don’t go to restaurants that are already good deals (read: tapas places or ones that have a portion of the menu on happy hour at the bar)… or ones that you have been to before. Or if you do, manage your expectations. NEW TIP: check to see if places have a prix fix menu year round… target those that don’t for your Restaurant Week reservations.
  3. Menu offerings. Hit up restaurants that have the majority of their menu up for grabs. Nothing is worse than sitting down only to find out the already limited menu is minuscule. NEW TIP: Many places are offering bottles of wine at half price this go around — be sure to see if there is a deal on wine… or if dessert can be exchanged for wine or other beverage options.
  4. Lunch. Try lunch reservations in your work neighborhood. Some of my best Restaurant Week experiences have been during lunch, not dinner.
  5. Ask around. Talk to friends and coworkers: What restaurants do a bang up job no matter what?
  6. Watch Twitter and follow the foodies. Reservations will be dropping like flies and generous folks will be offering them up. If you’re on Twitter, watch closely! Follow some foodies and pick up a few extra options.
  7. Favorites. I put together some Restaurant Week favorites with help from my foodie friends on Twitter (find me @frijolita):  Rasika, Bibiana, 1789 and Dino top the list.

So… what are your Restaurant Week tips?

by Borderstan.com January 9, 2012 at 6:35 am 1,371 1 Comment

In Borderstan area, look for Restaurant Week participants on Connecticut, P, U, 9th, 14th and 17th Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos) (Luis Gomez Photos)

Editor’s note: The following story first ran on August 16, 2010. We thought you’d again enjoy Alejandra’s advice for Restaurant Week, since it arrives again today. DC Winter Restaurant Week runs January 9-15. For participating restaurants in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area, see Borderstan’s Restaurant Week’s 35 Choices in the Neighborhood.

Pricing? Lunch is $20.12 for a three-course, fixed-price meal and dinner is $35.12 for a three-course, fixed-price meal. Beverages, gratuity and tax are not included.

• • • • • • • • • • • •

From Alejandra Owens. You can find her at her food blog, One Bite At A Time. Alejandra also writes for City Eats DC, a Food Network site, where you can book dinner reservations. Email her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @frijolita.

The bi-annual DC Restaurant Week is upon us again. Depending on who you talk to, it’s either the perfect week to dine out like a mad (wo)man or it’s the perfect week to cook at home. Some have even gone so far as to call it amateur week for diners. I wouldn’t go that far — but the week certainly has its pluses and minuses.

The complaints I hear most often about Restaurant Week are that service is slow, menus are limited and the plates are unimpressive. In turn, restaurant industry folks say that people have unrealistic expectations, that restaurants are slammed with numbers far beyond usual and that it’s not a true showing of what a restaurant can give you. I can appreciate both perspectives.

Tips and Favorites

No matter how you feel about Restaurant Week, there are certainly some tips to getting it right. Here are my six tips and some favorites places:

  1. Dining in DC blog. Check out Lisa Shapiro’s Dining In DC blog (she’s a local food writer) for her take on menus — and the places worth checking out. Doing your homework is the first step in making sure you’re getting the most out of the week.
  2. Places to avoid. Don’t go to restaurants that are already good deals (read: tapas places or ones that have a portion of the menu on happy hour at the bar)… or ones that you have been to before. Or if you do, manage your expectations. NEW TIP: check to see if places have a prix fix menu year round… target those that don’t for your Restaurant Week reservations.
  3. Menu offerings. Hit up restaurants that have the majority of their menu up for grabs. Nothing is worse than sitting down only to find out the already limited menu is minuscule. NEW TIP: Many places are offering bottles of wine at half price this go around — be sure to see if there is a deal on wine… or if dessert can be exchanged for wine or other beverage options.
  4. Lunch. Try lunch reservations in your work neighborhood. Some of my best Restaurant Week experiences have been during lunch, not dinner.
  5. Ask around. Talk to friends and coworkers: What restaurants do a bang up job no matter what?
  6. Watch Twitter and follow the foodies. Reservations will be dropping like flies and generous folks will be offering them up. If you’re on Twitter, watch closely! Follow some foodies and pick up a few extra options.
  7. Favorites. I put together some Restaurant Week favorites with help from my foodie friends on Twitter (find me @frijolita):  Rasika, Bibiana, 1789 and Dino top the list.

So… what are your Restaurant Week tips?

by Borderstan.com August 19, 2008 at 1:11 am 1,021 0

I saw this posting today over at D.C. Foodies and figured the Foodies in Borderstan would want to know that a number of restaurants are extending Restaurant Week:

I just wanted to remind people the a lot of restaurants are extending DC Restaurant Week this week and some for the rest of the month or into September. Here is a list of the restaurants and their dates.

Beacon Bar and Grill – Aug. 11th through 31st – Reservations
Cafe Atlantico – Aug. 11th through 24th – Reservations
Co Co. Sala – Aug. 11th through 20th – Reservations
Circle Bistro – Aug. 11th through 24th – Reservations
D’Acqua – Aug. 4th through 17th – Reservations
Dino – Aug. 1st through 31st. – Reservation
Farrah Olivia – Aug. 1st through Sept. 22nd – Reservations
Ici Urban Bistro – Aug 11th through 24th – Reservations
Indique Heights – Aug. 1st through Aug 31st – Reservations
Jaleo – Aug. 12th through 24th – Bethesda Reservations, Crystal City Reservations, DC Reservations
Mie n Yu – Aug. 11th through 24th – Reservations
Mio Restaurant – Aug. 1st through Aug 31st – Reservations
Nage – Aug. 1st through Aug 31st – Reservations
Notti Bianchi – Aug. 11th through 24th – Reservations
Oyamel – Aug. 11th through 24th – Reservations
PS 7’s – Aug 11th through the 30th – Reservations
Rasika – Aug 11th through 23rd – Reservations
Spezie – Aug 11th through 31st – Reservations
Tabaq Bistro – Aug. 1st through 31st – Reservations
Zaytinya – Aug. 11th through 24th – Reservations

Borderstan must have its fair share of Foodies based on our site visits. The most popular postings to date at Borderstan.com have been those related to Cafe Salsa. The owner tells me they are planning to open in October — we’ll keep you posted. And, yes, it will be the second Cafe Salsa, following the one in Alexandria. For future reference, the link to D.C. Foodies is now in the DC Blogger list in the right-hand column.

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