KRLD Restaurant Week is hungrily awaited every August by members of the Dallas dining community. For $35 per person, people can dine like royalty on three courses in fine establishments where the entrees themselves sometimes cost more than that. Some friends of mine even suggest that they would rather spend their money during Restaurant Week than on Christmas. Yet, every year the food blogs blow up with angry posts from disgruntled patrons and restaurant workers. Their complaints include:
- For regulars, getting a table becomes virtually impossible, particularly during prime times.
- For staff, too many customers expect the royal treatment while waiters and waitresses feel rushed to turn tables.
- For new diners, waitstaff sometime act rudely once they learn the diners are there for Restaurant Week.
Restaurant Week fans counter:
- August is traditionally one of the slowest months of the year, and RW diners fill otherwise empty tables.
- Diners feel they can finally afford many high-end places they've been dying to try.
- Owners introduce new patrons to their establishments, and some become regulars.
- And of course, a portion of RW proceeds go to worthy charities.
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So, how about it, Dallas diners? Here's your chance to get in on the discussion. Do you participate in restaurant week? Do you love it or do you just wish it would go away? Operators are standing by.