Monday, July 1, 2013 , Updated 8:15 a.m., July 15, 2013
Mark your calendar: Restaurant Week in DFW is August 12-18
It's a once-a-year event where you can eat on the cheap.
Every year, diners in Dallas clamor over reservations for Restaurant Week, a designated set of dates when more than 100 North Texas restaurants -- usually high-end ones -- offer prix fixe dinners for $35. This year, Restaurant Week will be August 12-18.
Twenty percent of the money paid toward each meal will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank or Lena Pope Home. We'll find out which restaurants are going to participate on July 15, dubbed Reservation Day, when diners can begin putting their names on the schedule.
[UPDATE: The list of Restaurant Week 2013 participants is out! See all restaurants here.]
Last year's event raised $760,000 for charity, according to a press release.
Though the official dates of Restaurant Week are August 12-18, some restaurants will participate in a preview August 9-11 as well as an extended event August 19-September 1. (Full disclosure: A press release states the preview is sponsored by GuideLive, which is owned by Pegasus News' parent company.)
On Reservation Day, July 15, we'll also have menus and pricing for each restaurant. Across the board, wine pairings cost extra.
A new feature this year is a $45 dinner option -- $10 more than the usual prix fixe dinner -- that features "high end cuisine, at a time when the food costs are at a premium," according to a press release.
Some people in Dallas aren't Restaurant Week fans, perhaps because the restaurants are slam-packed during that time, or because a stringent prix fixe menu doesn't allow restaurants to show their true talent. Those who are Restaurant Week averse: It'll all be over after September 1.