January 9, 2012
Dine Downtown Restaurant Week kicks off

In a move to fill seats during the normally down month of January, this year's edition of Dine Downtown Restaurant Week launches today and runs through Jan. 18. More than two dozen downtown and midtown restaurants are participating, and will feature 3-course prix fixe dinners for $30 a head. It's a pretty good deal for those looking to sample from eateries that might normally be outside the household budget, though it's still not necessarily a cheap night out if you do the math. By the time the bill comes for a table of two, including parking/valet and some kind of beverages, plus tip, the tab can easily come to $75 on the lower end. That's still a relative deal when considering the usual tariff when dining in some of Sacramento's top tier restaurants, but are too many people still being priced out during Dine Downtown Restaurant Week? How about some other options that could show off fine local food closer to the $20 range, or Dine Downtown programs that don't lock people into a prix fixe menu?

Either way, local chefs have some tasty looking menus planned for the next 10 days, including those from Restaurant Thi13en, Ella and The Porch, which recently opened and am hearing a strong buzz that the food's pretty solid over there.

For a full list of Dine Downtown participants and link to menus, click here.

Chris Macias is the Bee's food and wine writer. Follow him on Twitter @chris_macias

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