Mon September 24, 2012
On Restaurant Week, Austin Shows Off Its Culinary Chops
Dozens of Austin restaurants are highlighting their best this week, offering deals on three-course prix fixe dinners. It’s all part of Austin Restaurant Week, a biannual event that raises awareness of Austin’s culinary scene and money for charities.
Restaurant Week is a bit of a misnomer, however: it’s actually made up of two half-weeks. The good eats kicked off yesterday, Sept. 23, take a break on the 26th, resume Sept. 30, and come to an end on Oct. 3.
Taylor Perkins is with Austin Restaurant Week. He says the festival is a testament to Austin’s burgeoning culinary standing. “The event has grown hand-in-hand with the Austin culinary scene,” he says. This installment marks Austin Restaurant Week's fourth year.
Where foodie influences were previously imported into Austin, Perkins says local chefs have evolved to create their own styles. “The scene in Austin has really come into its own,” he says. The majority of participating restaurants are found only in Austin, and Restaurant Week increasingly focuses on restaurants that source locally and offer a unique experience.
Participating restaurants are offering patrons two course prix fixe lunches ranging from $12 to $17, and three course prix fixe dinners ranging from $27 to $37. A few eateries are also offering $17 brunches. Austin Restaurant Week is also donating $2 to Meals on Wheels and More for every meal.
Getting hungry? Event organizers are asking interested diners to reserve tables through its website so that all donations can be counted.