The early part of January typically gets tagged as a slow part of the year for the restaurant industry, but here in Sacramento, it's a favorite time of the year for foodies. That's because January means Dine Downtown Restaurant Week, in which restaurants around the central city offer special three-course menus for a reasonable $30 price tag. For example, Ella Dining Room & Bar will be offering first course options of treviso greens or nantes carrot soup, an entree of pappardelle with poached egg or cauliflower tagine, plus dessert. They'll also offer wine pairings for an additional $15.
Other participating restaurants include: Biba, Il Fornaio, Grange, Ten22, Mulvaney's B&L and about 30 more. Some participants, including Capitol Garage, Mayahuel and The Melting Pot are offering both vegetarian and gluten free options.
There should be an asterisk next to Dine Downtown Restaurant Week*, since in this case a "week" means Jan. 9 through Jan. 18. For the full list of participants, click on this link.