Mark your calendars: The annual dining room takeover known as Restaurant Week will return August 10-16. The official list of participating restaurants — more than 125 this year — will be released on July 13, and the ever-competitive phone-dialing race to snag a table at the year's most desirable participating restaurants will begin the same day.
As in previous years, Restaurant Week will feature $35 and $45 three-course menus at participating restaurants all over the Metroplex. Central Market shoppers can snag a certificate for a free fourth course at participating restaurants with any $25 purchase; on July 13, shoppers will earn double certificates. New this year is the offering of $20 two-course lunches at select restaurants. 20 percent of every meal price goes to long-time charity partners the North Texas Food Bank or the Lena Pope Home.
Although it's called Restaurant Week, many restaurants will keep their Restaurant Week menus going through August 23 or even August 30; if you're not enthused about 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 vacation or something. A kickoff party takes place August 6 with chef Tre Wilcox; tickets available here.