The holidays are awesome because presents! Food! Family! Friends! And, did I mention cocktails? Unfortunately, the presents part can leave your piggy bank looking a bit lean. This is exactly why we adore dining discounts during November restaurant weeks! Discover where you can save while you share delicious meals with your favorite foodies in the weeks to come.
Julien Perry is the Food and Dining Editor for Seattle Magazine and one of the founders of the One Night Only Project. Prior to joining the magazine, she was an editor for Eater Seattle and a restaurant reporter for KOMO news radio. Despite being a graduate of the Baking & Pastry program at the Seattle Art Institute, she wasn’t always the gourmand she is now. “I used to be a bodybuilder and was on a strict diet for most of the mid 90s. I’m pretty sure I had more artificial sweetener coursing through my veins during my competition diets than a silo of Sweet ‘n Low,” reveals Perry, who also appears regularly on Q13 Morning News and Evening Magazine. Still fit and fabulous, but with a much more varied and envious array of food at her fingertips, she shares her answers to our 20 dining Qs.
1. What are some of the best qualities of the Seattle dining scene?: I’ve lived here for 20+ years, and some of the best qualities include: always incredibly fresh local produce, staggeringly good seafood, chef-driven restaurants, and a quaint neighborhood feel in a big city.
2. Any restaurants at which you’re something of a regular? Most Ethan Stowell restaurants (mkt., Bar Cotto), Corretto (across the street from my home), Rock Creek, and the bar at Canlis (until I can afford to have a real meal there).
4. Last best restaurant(s) you dined at? I had several awesome meals at Dot’s before it abruptly closed in late June. Outside of that, I had a multi-course meal at Canlis that was unexpected. I got to be a guinea pig for chef Franey’s new tasting menu. And it was divine.
5. Restaurant you’d most like to try but have yet to — anywhere? Restaurant Marron just opened near my home on Capitol Hill. Prix fixe menus only. Intrigued!
6. Favorite city (cities) for dining outside your own? San Francisco. But I always secretly hope to move back to New York City (I lived there in 1996), where the food scene has absolutely exploded.
7. Destination dining cities you’d love to visit? Anywhere in Europe.
8. What’s your overall favorite type of cuisine? Mexican. I just love the simplicity and the flavors and the spice. Besides, what better comfort food is there than nachos?
9. Shared plates, tasting menu, or the classic app/entrée/dessert? Shared plates! I can never make up my mind. I like to order a little bit of everything and share with a friend.
10. Dish you can’t resist ordering? Sliders and frites. Guilty as charged.
After a brutal winter, I think it is safe to say, well into April, that spring has sprung. And with this season of renewal comes a season of savings in cities around the nation. Book a table to dine for less at restaurants in your area.
* Long Beach Restaurant Week in California is happening now. Reserve for special set menus for $26 or $38 thru April 5.
* Jersey Shore Restaurant Week starts tomorrow. Begin booking $20.14 and $30.14 dinners, April 4-13.
* Rhode Island heats up with Newport and Bristol Restaurant Week. Book a table for $16 lunches and $35 dinners, April 4-13.
* Seattle Restaurant Week begins this weekend.Reserve early and often for three-course meals for $28, April 6-10 and 13-17.
* Detroit Restaurant Week kicks into gear next week. Enjoy special three-course, prix-fixe dinners, April 11-20.
* Thanksgiving is just four days away. There’s still time to leave the cooking to the pros.
* Congratulations to the 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for Top 100 American Fare restaurants. Did your favorite homegrown eatery make the list?
* Want to know how the restaurant industry has performed in Q3 of 2013? Get the statistics here.
* Trending on recent OpenTable restaurant reviews? Turkey.
* Dine Around Seattle is happening now. Enjoy $15 lunches and $30 dinners through November 27.
* Reservations for San Diego restaurant week are open. Reserve for $10, $15, or $20 lunches and $25, $35 or $45 dinners, January 19-24.
* The new year is almost here — as is Center City District Philadelphia Restaurant Week. Book for three-course $20 lunches and $35 dinners, January 19-24 and 26-31.