Where to Eat During DFW Restaurant Week

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Scott Reitz
Tei An: One of your best Restaurant Week bets.
Ah, Restaurant Week. The time of year when your favorite neighborhood restaurants are flooded with people who only dine out a few times a year. It's a week notorious for bad service, small portions and watered-down menus, but unlike some other cities' versions, DFW's benefits the North Texas Food Bank and the Lena Pope Home. And so we go, ready to eat and spend. We just choose carefully.

There are more than 100 restaurants in the metroplex that participate, and many are great places to dine, despite the throngs of people and stressed out servers. If you're planning on making your reservation (and you should soon; they go pretty fast), consider these five, which are, in our estimation, among those most worth throwing down $35 for.

Mercat
This cozy bistro is very French, and very good at food and wine. This is the first year that Mercat has appeared on the Restaurant Week list, so there isn't really a lot of insight into what could be on their menu. What you can expect, though, is well-executed dishes in a European-style setting. And probably some of their much-heralded passion fruit creme brulee and a glass of wine, which is worth the trip alone.

The Mansion Restaurant
For us proletariats, going to the Rosewood Mansion at Turtle Creek is more of a pipe dream than a weekly occurrence. You'll pay a little extra for the Restaurant Week menu here -- $45 for a "premium menu" instead of the standard $35 -- but you can bet that every dollar, and every calorie, will be well spent. Chef Bruno Davaillion has already released this year's menu, and it includes a kurobuta pork short rib and some fancy-sounding dessert called a "chocolate hazelnut composition."

Tei An
Chef Teiichi Sakurai's sushi and soba house in One Arts Plaza has received heaps of praise from every food critic in the city, and Restaurant Week is the perfect time to make your first stop or revisit an old favorite. Tei-An's Restaurant Week Menu is also available, and diners can look forward to fried shisito peppers, a rotating daily sashimi selection and Sakurai's famous tonkatsu ramen. At only $45, this menu is a seriously budget-friendly splurge.

San Salvaje
It wouldn't be Restaurant Week without an appearance from Stephan Pyles, but this year you should skip his self-named restaurant and make a reservation at San Salvaje. The ceviches are fresh and piquant, the cocktails are inventive, and you can always expect a strong Restaurant Week menu from one of DFW's most successful restaurateurs.

Barter
After only being open a few short months, Barter is starting to pick up steam in the Dallas dining scene. The menu, influenced by Chef Tim Love, is full of down home dishes with chef-inspired twists. One can only hope that the restaurant's hearty and satisfying poutine, made with smoked pork and N'duja gravy, will make it onto this year's discounted menu.



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amymdavis17
amymdavis17

Why would you write this "The menu, influenced by Chef Tim Love" right after the article you ran calling him a celebrity chef douchebag? I mean, if he is, he is... just seems odd that you would mention this here unless you absolutely loathe this Barter place... ijs

junkmail16
junkmail16

This comment made me laugh. "...flooded with people who only dine out a few times a year" This is Dallas, the only thing that Dallas residents know how to make is reservations.   Have you seen the parking lot of [insert chain restaurant name here] on any day of the week?  Jam packed!  Pathetic really.  And we wonder why we have an obesity epidemic...

FrankieFineDining
FrankieFineDining

Must easier to get reservations now at a decent restaurant what with all the McColleysvilleburgh residents heading to "Fancy McFajitas".

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Good god you recommend "menu, influenced by Chef Tim Love" after just DO ran an article calling him a big 'ole d-bag.

wynnedutch
wynnedutch

eat at home that week.  you're not going to get a good representation of a fine dining establishment's service, food or experience when paying a price that most of them don't make any money on.  if you can't afford to eat at one of these places when it's not restaurant week, but really desire to do so, save your money, and do it right and splurge.  you'll appreciate it more, and get a better idea of what the restaurant and chef are capable of.

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

@wynnedutch  hey Scrooge, do a little research you might find that this event is about more than taking care of your little 'food experience'.

shandango
shandango

@wynnedutch I think it just depends.  I've had good and bad RW experiences but you have to adjust your expectations.  For me, I don't usually get appetizers and desserts at every meal but I like that it's included with RW, and everyone gets their own so you can try more stuff. You know going in the service might not be the best since they're slammed.  You also have to pick a place that posts their menu online before hand AND has at least one or two of the dishes they're known for. Some places are much more stingy than others and you need to know before you go.  It's not the BEST representation of the restaurant but it can be okay if it gives you a chance to try one of their specialties  for a nice price. 

kimistry
kimistry

@wynnedutch It is for charity, so even though it may not be the same as dining at the fancy places on a regular night, it's for a good cause. I don't think they're expecting to profit for themselves during that time. Plus, there are some places that don't skimp on service or food choices. Capital Grille does an amazing Restaurant Week. Food is plentiful, service is top-notch, and take-home boxes are a necessity. :)

banepage
banepage

@dfwheathen @Sotiredofitall no, not really..big time chefs just like any other person at the top of their game can come across like a douche...in the kitchen it's high pressure, high stress, and you either deal or fold..those of us who worked in the kitchen know this and either aspire to get to the top of drink our way out of it until we get a better job. 

J_A_
J_A_

He looks like the cartoon Doug Funnie to me.

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