Appetizers
December 2, 2008
Dine on a cheaper dime

The timing of this event isn't the best - you know, right after the New Year when everyone's trying to lose that belly fat from the holidays. But sit-ups and Spanx be darned, it'll soon be time for Dine Downtown Restaurant Week. This all goes down from Jan. 10 - 16, when two dozen downtown eateries offer a fixed three-course menu for $30 per person. That's a great deal for the wallet, maybe not so good for your waist size. Many of downtown's destination restaurants are participating, and they include:

4th Street Grille, 58º and Holding Co., Brew It Up!, The Broiler Steakhouse, Chops Steak, Seafood & Bar, Cosmo Café, Dawson's at the Hyatt, Esquire Grill, Fat City Bar & Café, The Firehouse Restaurant, Frank Fat's, Fuzio, Gaylord India, Grange Restaurant at The Citizen, Il Fornaio, Mason's New American, McCormick & Schmick's, Melting Pot, Morgan's at the Sheraton, Pilot House on The Delta King, Rio City Café, River City Brewing Company, Spataro, and Table 260.

Part of this promotion is meant to keep restaurant seats filled in January, traditionally the slowest month of the year in the restaurant industry. After the financial hangover from holiday shopping, a lot of folks simply opt out from restaurant dining in January. But these prix-fixe menus at $30 a pop is a pretty good way to tempt locals.

So do you plan to pull up a napkin and fork during Dine Downtown Restaurant Week? Leave a comment, por favor.

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