January 8, 2009
Spend $30 and call it dinner

Starting Saturday, it's that time when you can eat in some of Sacramento's best restaurants for $30. Every year for a week in January, the Downtown Sacramento Partnership sponsors "Dine Downtown" - get three courses, as in a starter, main and dessert, and help generate business at a usually slow time for the restaurant business.

Add some wine, and it's not quite cheap eats. But it is a chance to check out some of the pricier restaurants for a little less damage to the wallet. Most of the participating restaurants offer choices for each course, while others have one set menu.

From the choices at 58 Degrees & Holding, I would pick the wild mushroom soup with parmesan foam and white truffle oil; baked ziti with broccoli, butternut squash, sage cream sauce and garlic bread chips; and the pistachio affogato. Mmm. I'll even wear jeans just to insult Blair (see posts below).

New hotspot, Grange Restaurant & Bar at the Citizen Hotel is also partaking - with a set menu of a farm lettuce salad with goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and a fig balsamic vinaigrette; porcini mushroom risotto; and a bittersweet chocolate espresso and orange torte. (Check out Blair's review.)

And if you can't check out the Grange during the Dine Downtown week (Jan. 10-16), the restaurant is offering specials for lunch and dinner. A two-course weekday lunch goes for $17 with entrees changing daily such as grilled cheese on Mondays, cioppino on Tuesdays, and fried chicken on Thursdays. A three-course dinner will go for $45 with entrees such as cassoulet on Mondays, whole fish on Fridays and smoke-roasted prime rib on Saturdays.

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