There were a few interesting new additions to this year's list, but that one was the most jarring. But fear not: there is absolutely no reason to squander a precious meal on charred burgers and Lenny Kravitz memorabilia. With some careful vetting, Restaurant Week will get you a delightful summer meal at a fraction of the regular price. Several restaurants charge supplemental fees for more desirable dishes or narrow your choices down to a few, but the following places are generous with their menus.
I had a Restaurant Week extravaganza in January. Highlights of the week included dinner at DC Coast and lunch at Kinkead's. Though I'd pegged Kinkead's as stodgy and tired, the restaurant pleasantly surprised me with spicy and sinfully fresh seafood. This go-round, Kinkead's will offer lunch and dinner -- an opportunity I suggest you take advantage of. Notti Bianche had a limited menu, but a thoughtful array of wine pairings for a mere $10 extra.
Rasika was another stand-out. If you assemble a group of adventurous eaters, the Restaurant Week special is a reasonably priced way to sample a variety of the newcomer's best dishes (such as black cod and palak chaat). Other newcomers to the list include Indigo Landing, unlimited meats and salad at lunch for Fogo de Chao, Pinzimini and the not-yet-open Lia's (which opens on Monday for lunch and dinner).
As for things that catch my eye this time, Nora and Asia Nora appear on the list for the first time that I can remember. With its fairly pricey menu, Oya, which is new on the list, could be just the place to tackle when prices are capped at $30.06. I am taking a look at Bistro Bis for weekend brunch and its sister Vidalia for a dinner. So, the moral of this little Restaurant Week story is rock on, but don't get your Hard Rock on.
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