Mark your calendars: The annual dining room takeover known as Restaurant Week will return August 11-17. The official list of participating restaurants will be released on July 14 and the ever-competitive race to snag coveted reservations will begin the same day.
New this year will be a circus-themed kickoff party held on August 7 at Fair Park's Centennial Hall featuring food from 20-plus Restaurant Week participants, craft cocktails and chef demos. (Tickets for said event are on sale now for $50-$95.) As in previous years, Restaurant Week will feature $35 and $45 three-course menus at participating restaurants all over the Metroplex; a smaller number of restaurants will also offer a $25 lunch menu. Per a press release, this year Restaurant Week aims to raise $800,000 for the North Texas Food Bank and the Lena Pope Home.
Despite the event's moniker, many restaurants will keep their Restaurant Week menus going through the end of August; if you're not a fan of the prix-fixe model that casts a long shadow over the city's dining rooms every summer, there's probably still time to book a cruise or something.