For some folks, going to Craft or Abacus is just another Thursday night, but for me and mine, going someplace like that is about planning, saving up, ordering the cheapest thing on the menu, and enjoying the thrill of trying something we can't get anywhere else. It's certainly a luxury for someone who grew up in a town where a culinary adventure consisted of ordering something other than Chicken Crispers at Chili's. And as such, I'm like a kid at Christmas during KRLD Restaurant Week. I peruse the list of participating restaurants like I used to study the JCPenney Christmas catalog when I was little, circling my "wishlist" items, and then hoping that maybe I'll make it onto the reservation list when the phone lines open up. It's exciting. And it also benefits a good cause: The North Texas Food Bank and Fort Worth's Lena Pope Home both reap the rewards of our culinary adventures. This year, more than 120 restaurants are participating in the event, from Al Biernat's to the Mansion to Fort Worth's venerable Lonesome Dove. Restaurant Week runs from August 17 through August 23--although some participants are extending the time period up through September 6--and features a three-course prix-fixe meal for $35 (not including gratuity, tax or any alcohol you choose to partake of). Call the restaurant of your choosing for your Restaurant Week reservations--the entire list of participants can be found at krld.com.
Aug. 17-23, 2009