Have you ever been to Restaurant Week in the Dallas/Fort Worth area?
Did you even know it existed?
Last week a group of 20 DFW bloggers were treated to dinner at Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House . We savored the first bites of the 2011 Restaurant Week as we helped kick off this annual event.
As a sidenote, if you live near Chamberlain’s, this restaurant is an excellent choice! Let me set the stage for you.
Located in Addison, I pulled into the parking lot to discover not one open parking spot. There was however valet parking.
Initially I thought, there is NO WAY I am letting anyone in my car. Mostly because it smells and has not been vacuumed in over a month. That may not sound bad, but when you are lugging a car full of boys all over the place, that IS a very, very long time to go between vacuums.
I scoured the parking lot for a spot.
Nothing. All of the available spots, were reserved with parking cones.
I thought, hum, I will just park and walk.
People were parking streets away. And I was running late (imagine that).
This is when I inquired about the valet parking. So I ask the nice valet man how much they charge. He confirmed it was complementary.
Hum. Can’t beat that.
I give him my keys and warn him. My car smells and is pretty dirty. Oh, and I would not touch the console, it is really sticky.
He did not seem phased at all.
He asked for my name. I was a bit worried when he did not write it down. On one hand I prayed he had a good memory, on the other, I knew no one would ever want my car. At least in it’s smelly condition.
I venture into the restaurant. I can not even find the words to describe the setting and feel other than beautiful, amazing, Frank Sinatra with a side of steak.
I arrived in a reserved dining area and below is the gorgeous meal I enjoyed. A menu awaited and I chose my 1st course, 2nd course and then 3rd:
Baby Iceberg Wedge Salad, Pecan Wood Smoked Prime Rib and Almond Bread Pudding with Amaretto Carmel Sauce. Like nothing I’ve ever had before.
By this point I forgot how horrible my car smelled.
We talked blog, beef, and restaurant week.
We were sad when it was over.
Soon we departed.
As I walked through the doors and landed in the parking lot, the sweet valet man said, Oh Crystal, I have your car right here.
How did he remember my name? This can’t be good. He has seen at least 100 faces in the last two hours.
I quickly apologized for the smell of my car.
He assured me that it happens to the best of us.
So, are you ready to venture out for Restaurant Week? Clean car, dirty car, it does not matter. All you need is a hungry belly.
When is Restaurant Week?
It is now- August 15-21, 2011.
How Does Restaurant Week Work?
Pick one of the 125 participating restaurants on the list. You can even view some of the menus for different locations.
Each meal is $35.
In the end there will be over $600,000 raised for such an awesome cause. Supporting such an awesome initiative is certainly a mommy solution!
How Can You Help Spread the Word?
Tweet about it
Hashtags: #txbeef or #krldrw
Twitter handle: @DFWRestaurantWk
Here is a pre-made tweet if that helps:
RT @crystalandcomp Celebrate @DFWRestaurantWk with #txbeef and #krldrw! Details: http://bit.ly/na7tor
So, which restaurant are you going to celebrate at? I would love to hear what you eat off the menu!