City Paper is not for tourists
D.C. Restaurant Week is in full swing, which means that you’ll likely do one of the following: 1) Fight with hundreds of others for the best places to enjoy this twice-annual promotion; 2) Suffer the indignities of small portions, large upcharges, and limited menus; or 3) Ignore the whole damn ordeal and just wait out the weekly promotion until it’s safe to return to your favorite restaurant.
Whatever your experience during Restaurant Week, few people are without strong opinions on the event. Over the years, City Paper writers and critics have just about experienced it all: the good, the bad, and the surprising. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you can trip all the wires in one week.
This time around, we want to hear what you have to say about Restaurant Week. I’ll publish the best reviews daily on the Y&H blog, complete with your byline. Here’s all you have to do: Find the restaurant you visited in our Rater database and start dishing about your RW experience. When you’re done, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org so I know that your review is in the system (or write me if your restaurant is, perhaps, not in the system yet).
There are plenty of resources to help you get the most out of Restaurant Week. D.C. Foodies offers a pair of tools to build a better experience: One features tips on what restaurants to pick (and which to avoid), while another actually provides a lengthy list of RW menus (and which places will extend the promotion for another week or three). Capital Spice has, once again, compiled a convenient map of this year’s participants. Todd Kliman offers his picks for the promotion, while both Ezra Klein with the Internet Food Association and Alex Nicholson with Brightest Young Things explain why you should just skip the whole freaking thing.
As for Y&H? I’ll likely take advantage of a lunch special or two — even if three courses will leave me more comatose than a zoo bear — and skip altogether the dinner promotion, which I don’t find particularly cost-effective. Truth be told, I don’t need a full dessert after most meals. In other words, during RW, I’m usually shelling out for a course that I’ll normally split or perhaps even skip if I’m overly stuffed.
I don’t like being forced to have my cake and eat it, too.