Winter 2013 Restaurant Weeks Have Arrived: Savor the Savings in the New Year!

Don’t miss delicious meals for less during your city’s restaurant week!

Having a holiday letdown? Looking for a way to banish the January blues? We’ve got the cure! Dig into delicious meals for less during a winter restaurant week near you.

* Alexandria Restaurant Week: $35 three-course dinners or $35 dinners for two, January 18-27. Book a table.

* Asheville Restaurant Week: $15 to-course lunches and $30 three-course dinners, February 1-7. Book a table.

* Atlantic City Restaurant Week$15.13 lunches and $33.13 dinners, March 3-9. Book a table.

* Baltimore Restaurant Week$20.13 or $30.13 dinners and $15.13 lunches, January 25-February 3. Book a table.

Baltimore County Restaurant Week: $10.13-$30.15 lunches and $15.13 – $35.13 dinners, January 11-27Book a table.

* Berkeley Restaurant Week: Gourmet $30 three-course dinners, January 13-20. Book a table.

* Charlotte Restaurant Week/Queen’s Feast: $30 three-course dinners, January 18-27. Book a table.

* Chicago Restaurant Week: $22 lunches and $33/$44 dinners, February 1-10. Book a table.

* dineLA$15, $20, or $25 lunches and $25, $35, or $45 dinners, January 21-February 1. Book a table.

Howard County Restaurant Weeks: Prix-fixe menus from $10.13-$40.13, January 14-28Book a table.

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Tweet of the Week: The Choice Is Yours!

Today’s Tweet of the Week comes from a diner whose sentiments I heartily share. I love the convenience of booking restaurant reservations on OpenTable almost as much as I love dining out. Thanks for the shout out, @miles_matthias!

Counter Service Under Scrutiny; Dining Table as Changing Table + More News

It’s safe to assume that it is never okay to use your dining table as a changing table.

Food and dining news from around the web and the world…

* New year, new food apps. Here are eight recommendations for ways to make your mobile device more delish. [Forbes]

* Eva Restaurant in Los Angeles still offers that 5% discount for checking your cellphone at the door. Do you dare to disconnect? [Huffington Post]

* Restaurants will get more social in 2013. Find out which social channels you should tune in to to follow your fave places. [NRN]

* From the ‘Parents Behaving Badly’ files: A woman changes her baby’s diaper on a dining table at a restaurant. [Detroit News]

* Is counter service all it’s cracked up to be? Hanna Raskin thinks not. [Seattle Weekly]

* There’s a chef who’s hazing his fellow chefs in a very odiferous way. Guesses? [Jezebel]

10 Things You Need to Know About Top Chef Seattle Episode 9

This is the sight that awaits this week’s knife-packer.

More than a few folks I know have given up on watching Top Chef this season, but we’re going the distance, if only because there aren’t many episodes left.

1. Hey! It’s Bob Kramer. Whom I have never heard of. But apparently he’s a Master Bladesmith. I’m never sure who determines these things when they are contemporary distinctions, but, okay. Master Bladesmith!

2. The QFC is actually interesting this week as it involves real knife skills — sharpening, doing tournage, and taking down a rabbit.

3. If you ask 10 chefs how to sharpen a knife, you will get 10 different opinions.

4. John Tesar can turn potatoes like the seasoned pro he is, but it was not enough to carry his team of three.

5. Micah wins the QFC, which yields him a $4,000 knife and immunity.Continue Reading