Saturday, July 16, 2011 , Updated 3:31 p.m., July 26, 2011
UPDATEDx2 with menus: Sneak peek at KRLD Restaurant Week 2011 participants
Restaurant Week is August 15-21.
Editor's note: Looking for the list of Restaurant Week 2013 participants? Find a full list of restaurants taking reservations.
The list of restaurants for KRLD's annual Restaurant Week has been unofficially released, with more than 125 restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth participating.
The week runs from August 15-21. The package consists of a three-course prix fixe dinner for $35 per person, dinner only, with tax, tip, and drinks billed separately.
More than half of the restaurants will extend the deal for two or three weeks, through August 28 and/or September 4. More than half are also offering a Restaurant Week "preview" on the preceding weekend, Friday, August 12 through Sunday, August 14.
For each prix fixe dinner purchased, participating restaurants will make a $7 donation to the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas or Lena Pope Home in Fort Worth. Reservations begin on Monday, July 18.
UPDATE: From the official release, sent out Monday, July 18:
Helpful tips: To book a spot, call the desired establishment and request a "KRLD Restaurant Week" reservation, or make one online at KRLD.com (just follow the link to OpenTable). Please be advised that popular places close out fast, smaller groups are easier to seat, and flexibility is appreciated. Off-peak evenings (i.e. Monday to Wednesday) are often less in demand. Opting to dine out on a weeknight vs. a weekend may help ensure a prime table and time slot. Plus, many restaurants will extend their participation by one or even two full weeks (through August 28 or even September 4) -- opening up additional seatings. Take advantage of this great opportunity by trying out a new spot each night. Set out on a taste adventure and discover the many genres and flavors featured in North Texas' enviable culinary scene.
"Preview" weekend: Back again for a fourth straight year is "Preview" weekend happening August 12-14. Get a taste of DFW's great restaurant bar scene, while trying out 48 select establishments' special KRLD Restaurant Week menus a tad early. Though the price increases to $42 per person, diners still receive three courses plus the addition of a fun, summery house drink made with Ultimat Vodka or Patrón XO Cafe coffee liqueur. Seven dollars of each meal still supports the charity partners.
Wine pairings: Additionally, as an added bonus, each participating restaurant is encouraged to suggest appropriate wine flight and pairing selections to compliment their prix fix menu selections (be advised though that alcohol is billed as an extra charge). Glazer's and the American Institute of Wine and Food (AIWF) will determine the best menu and wine combination. The winning chef/sommelier will then receive a week's stay at the Culinary Institute of America's Greystone, Calif., campus.
The FREE fourth course promotion returns: Central Market, the presenting sponsor of KRLD Restaurant Week, is again offering its hugely popular Fourth Course promotion until August 31 or while supplies last. Some establishments will create an additional "Fourth Course" menu item of the chef's choosing that complements the standard $35 meal. This course, traditionally an appetizer or side dish feature, is free if the diner presents a Central Market Fourth Course certificate. Consumers making an in-store purchase of $25 or more at DFW Central Market locations will receive a certificate redeemable for a free fourth course (valid at participating establishments). Just present the receipt at the Info Desk to receive one. In celebration of the official "Reservation Day" kick-off, July 18 only receive two Central Market Fourth Course certificates with a qualifying purchase. And don't miss your favorite KRLD Restaurant Week chefs performing their craft at special summer cooking demos inside the stores. Visit www.centralmarket.com for a schedule and additional details.
Monday, July 18 marks an important milestone -- it's the official "Reservation Day" kick-off when participating establishments will begin accepting bookings! Access the entire participant list at KRLD.
UPDATEx2: Still deciding where to eat? Let us help. We've added links to the Restaurant Week menus for the majority of the participants. You can find them in the restaurants list above in bold. We'll continue adding menus as the stragglers release theirs.
Shannon Sutlief contributed to this story.