How does this sound for lunch? A crock of French onion soup, topped with melted Swiss cheese and croutons, a chopped salad of salmon and brown rice, and a slice of homemade carrot cake with Chantilly whipped cream.
Sounds delicious, doesn't it? Now what if you could have that all for just $15? Impossible, right? Not this week and next. Starting on Sunday, Sept. 29, the Westport-Weston Restaurant Weeks will kick off. That's not a typo. This year, the culinary bargains will be offered for two weeks (through Oct. 12) at participating restaurants. The event is being organized by the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce.
Here's how it all works. You can go to ConnecticutRestaurantWeek.com and find a list of all the restaurants in Westport that will be offering lunch and dinner specials. Each restaurant will have special multi-course menus. Lunches are priced at either $10 or $15, and dinners are $20 or $30.
One of the newcomers to Restaurant Weeks is 323 Main. The restaurant, located where the Bogey's previously was housed, opened last March and owner Jay Stasko looks forward to Restaurant Weeks. "This will give us that much more exposure," he said. "We're hoping that people who haven't been here yet will give us a shot." And, of course, it's also an opportunity for regulars to get in on a bargain.
Because that's really what restaurant weeks are typically all about. It's the perfect opportunity to try something new, like Cru, Pink Sumo Sushi, Post 154 or Rive Bistro. It's also a chance, though, to revisit an old favorite, like Acqua, Blue Lemon or DaPietro's.
"We get some new customers who come in and try what we have," said Tarun Narula, owner of the Mumbai Times. "And then we have our regulars who are very happy to have the special deals that we offer." The special offerings at Mumbai Times will be a lunch buffet for $10 per person, or $20 per person for dinner, which includes an appetizer, entree and dessert off the regular menu with no restrictions. That's a $40 value for half the price.
No matter which participating Westport restaurant you choose, though, it's a good idea to make reservations, because with such great prices, the restaurants are bound to packed.
Here's even more exciting news: As if two weeks of discount dining weren't enough in Westport, Fairfield will be hosting its own Restaurant Week next door, starting Oct. 13, just when the Westport program ends.
More than 30 Fairfield restaurants will be offering $10 and $15 lunches and $20 and $30 dinners throughout the week.
If you're craving sushi, you can check out Fin, Kiraku, Wafu Asian Bistro or Wild Rice. Or, if you're looking for something with spice, there's Barcelona, Bangalore, Bodega, Eren's Grill or Tabouli Grill.
Of course, there are plenty of other options. If you're looking to try something new, there are several new kids on the block this year. There's Baro, with its Latin-inspired menu, and T&C Steakhouse with prime dry-aged steaks. Mecha, located in the Brick Walk, is ready to welcome new customers as well as recent regulars.
"We're hoping people get excited about Restaurant Week," said Mecha owner Tony Pham. "In a town that's filled with pizza and burgers, we offer something different." Indeed, Mecha is the only traditional Asian noodle bar in town. "We're different and delicious," he said.
As an added bonus of Fairfield Restaurant Week, a "passport" book will be available at participating restaurants and other key locations at the week's start. Passports will be stamped at each visit to a participating restaurant. Passports bearing stamps from two or more restaurants will be eligible for a drawing to be held at the conclusion of the week. The top prize will be $500 cash, courtesy of the Gray Goose and Little Goose restaurants. To enter, complete the information on the inside jacket cover and deposit by Oct. 23 into designated receptacles at any participating restaurant, Sullivan-Independence Hall, Fairfield Public Library or Fairfield University Bookstore.
With three back-to-back weeks of affordable fare, there's no question that the streets of Westport and Fairfield will be buzzing. With that in mind, it pays to plan ahead. As the saying goes, the best thing you can make for dinner is reservations.
Patti Woods is a freelance writer. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Westport-Weston Restaurant Weeks are Sept. 29-Oct. 12.
For details, check: http://bit.ly/1b3zBWQ Participating restaurants include:
323 Main, Acqua Ristorante, Arezzo Ristorante, Artisan, Blue Lemon, Cru Westport and DaPietro's.
Matsu Sushi, The Mumbai Times, Pink Sumo Sushi & Sake Cafe, Positano's, Post 154, the Red Hen at the Westport Inn, Rive Bistro and Rizzuto's.
Sakura, Spotted Horse Tavern, Tabouli Grill, Tarry Lodge, Tarantino's, Tavern on Main, Tengda Asian Bistro and Terrain Garden Cafe.
- Fairfield Restaurant Week is Oct. 13-19.
For details, check: http://bit.ly/1b3AQFy Participating restaurants include:
55 Wine Bar, Archie Moore's, Artisan, Avellino's, Bangalore, Barcelona, Bar-O, Bella Sera, Bodega and Bonda.
Cafe Madeline, Centro, The Chelsea, Colony Grill, Eren's Grill, Fin, The Gray Goose, Kiraku, Martel Mecha Noodle Bar, Michael Gennaro's Steakhouse, Old Post Tavern and Osianna.
Paci's, Quattro Pazzi, Tabouli Grill, T&C Steakhouse, Tomato & Basil, Wafu Asian Bistro and Wild Rice.