September is a beautiful time of year. The weather is crisper; football returns (for those of you who like that sort of thing); and the pumpkin spice latte returns to Starbucks. For San Diegans, September is extra special because it is one of the two times of the year that the city hosts Restaurant Week.
San Diego Restaurant Week is one feast-filled week when you can try new restaurants, more expensive restaurants, or maybe just your favorite restaurants at a more affordable price courtesy of a prix fixe menu. Take a moment to peruse the list of participating restaurants and drool over the fancy meals available at costs as inexpensive as a $15 for lunch or $30 for dinner.
SDRW officially started this year on September 15, but it was just announced that it will be extending (as it has done in the past) for a second week! This means that if you previously did not make reservations, you still have a chance to pick a place and try somewhere new.
Not convinced that SDRW is for you? Here are five reasons to change your mind and choose a restaurant:
5. There are over 120 restaurants that participate in restaurant week, which means that your options are nearly endless for the type of food you want to enjoy. Feeling French cafe? Try Cafe Chloe in the East Village. Want a romantic dinner date with a view? The Fish Market - San Diego sits right on the Pacific. There is a place for every palate.
4. You get three courses for dinner! In some lucky cases, you get four. That means you don’t just get an entree, but an appetizer, entree and delicious dessert all at the price-fixed level. There are typically two or three options per course so if you go with a group you have a chance to try it all.
3. You’ve always wanted to eat at Brian Malarkey restaurant. I’m a a fan of Top Chef and was a fan of celebrity chef Brian Malarkey when he was on the show, but have yet to try dining at any of his restaurants. Don’t make the same mistake as me! Searsucker and Herringbone are two of his restaurants on the list, which I've heard are fantastic.
2. Two words: Ruth’s Chris. Yes, this steakhouse is not San Diego-specific, but it is the best steak I’ve ever had. For newbies who are none-the-wiser, the steak literally sizzles as it is being served to you. The mashed potato side has a pool of delicious butter. And if you choose the cheesecake and ice cream combo for dessert, it’s like you’re cheating the system and getting two for the price of one. It’s become a tradition to dine here during restaurant week because it's so darn tasty and because let’s be honest, when else would I be able to afford to?
1. It feels good to splurge! Maybe you wouldn’t normally spend so much for a meal or order an appetizer AND a dessert, but that’s what San Diego Restaurant Week is for, so you can do something outside the norm. Plus, food brings people together. Make a special night of it and enjoy a meal at some place nice with some good conversation and maybe a few cocktails.
Celebrate the extension of San Diego Restaurant Week which now ends September 27th. If you miss it this time around, you’ll have to wait until January to try again. Let me know which restaurants you end up trying and which you recommend.