We understand there’s a lot of strain on your wallet this month, what with the heritage turkey you’ve ordered for Thanksgiving and all the gnocchi you need to eat before Lisa Nakamura closes Gnocchi Bar Nov. 20. Good thing Dine Around Seattle starts Sunday—ushering in a new pricing system to boot.
Now, Seattle Restaurant Week (really two weeks) just ended weeks ago. With a very similar structure—three-course prix fixe meals for just over $30—it’s hard to tell the two discount promotions apart. But Dine Around Seattle has updated its model to further differentiate itself: Now, three courses are available for $22, $33, or $44. What does that mean for diners? You can still find restaurants offering the traditional appetizer, entrée, and dessert that SRW focuses on. But there are also bars like Rumba offering a cocktail, snack, and sandwich, or Girin proposing a wine pairing with your choice of ssam instead of something sweet. With this new flexible format, we’re seeing Ethan Stowell restaurants, Tom Douglas’ places, and an impressive cross-section of the local dining scene.
A few places I’m excited to see on the list:
Poppy: This Capitol Hill mainstay doesn’t need to appeal to anyone else, it’s already not easy to get a reservation. Order the eggplant fries with sea salt and honey.
Saint Helens Café: (One of) Josh Henderson’s new places, this lovely Laurelhurst restaurant is doing a prime rib dinner for $22.
Bramling Cross: In true Ethan Stowell fashion, the first course is actually five shareable dishes for the table, so count this among the most bang for your buck. Order the excellent fried chicken.
Heartwood Provisions: Though this downtown newcomer is known for its cocktail pairings, you don’t want to miss dessert—it’s twice as good as it should be, considering they don’t have a dedicated pastry chef.
Salt and Iron: This Edmonds restaurant has three courses for lunch for $22 or two courses plus wine pairings for dinner for $44. Either way, order the oysters.
Remember, Fridays and Saturdays earn full price menus—otherwise, Dine Around Seattle discounts run Nov. 6 through 23. Click here for a full list of participating restaurants.