Summer Restaurant Week has become one of the most popular seasonal promotions in New York City, drawing both locals and tourists for $20 lunches and $35 dinners at some of the city's most exclusive culinary addresses. This is no gimmick to get suckers into one-star and lesser-known city eateries. This summer, restaurants as high ticket as Tribeca Grill, Nobu and LCB Brasserie have been serving up lunches for $20.12 and $35. While that lunch price might ring a bit off-key, since it was set anticipating the city's eventually unsuccessful Olympics bid, it's a steal at some of the country's most cutting-edge culinary legends and hipster haunts.
A dish from Elements
Now diners in Indianapolis have an equally rare opportunity to eat three-course, prix fixe menus for $30 at 30 downtown restaurants between July 25-31, everywhere from pubs and watering holes like Buffalo Wild Wings and The Claddaugh to longtime local favorites like Iaria's and St. Elmo Steak House to more recent independents like Elements and R Bistro. It's the perfect opportunity to try out that downtown eatery you've never gotten around to.
Just when you think that $30 is a little more than you'd budget for a typical weeknight meal, consider that these restaurants will let you linger over three courses of items not typically available on their menus, items they've chosen especially for the kind of diners who can appreciate the value of an excellent meal and the joys of eating in courses. For instance, you can get sweet corn fritters and basil-marinated top sirloin at the ultra lounge 6. Or you can get an Alaskan wild king salmon with cherries and almonds at The Oceanaire. Alcatraz Brewing Co. will serve up scallops with radicchio pesto, the Restaurant at the Canterbury will offer a classy veal and lobster tivoli, and Rock Bottom will add an extra salad course to a menu that includes grilled New Zealand lamb.
Largely the effort of the Indianapolis Downtown Restaurant and Hospitality Association, the event's title sponsors include Chivas Regal and Crown Royal. A full seven days, this unprecedented culinary promotion will allow diners to get some of the best bargains of the year.
You owe it to yourself to get out of that hot kitchen and stuff yourself for cheap at one of our city's finest restaurants. For a full list of restaurants, log onto www.indyrestaurantweek.com.