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Jul 30, 2009 07:54 PM

Restaurant Week

So..where are you going? Suggestions? Places to avoid? Best bang for your buck?

I apologize if there's already been a board about this; a longtime lurker, I finally made an account and am ready to join in all the wonderful conversations!

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  1. We're going to Sorellina on the first day (Sunday the 9th). Haven't been there in a long time, and their RW menu has some nice options. T.W. Food also looks good, and Rialto always does a great job with RW.

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    1. re: bobot

      any tips on what to order RW at Sorelina's. my DC and have date there tonight

    2. We're going to Mama Maria's and have reservations for he La Terrazza room on the 2nd floor w/a view of North Sq. Haven't been back since they 1st opened, so am looking forward to it.

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      1. re: Taralli

        Has anyone been &/or what's the RW menu?

        1. re: Taralli

          I went last Sunday and thought it was quite good. The RW menu includes a good fraction (at least half, but I didn't count rigorously) of the options on the regular menu -- probably 4-5 choices for app and main, with 3 dessert options. I had the steak tartare with mushrooms as an app, and the fruitti di mare as a main; my DC had the arugala salad and the mushroom ravioli. Everything was quite good, with the fruitti di mare (lots of seafood in a brothy tomato sauce on top of orzo-like pasta) standing out.

      2. I have reservations at Sorellina and Uni (sushi restaurant next to/related to Clio) Never been to either one, and I've heard great things about Sorellina and Clio, so I can't wait!

        1. We're going to Sage. We haven't been to the "new (to us)" location, the RW menu was available on Sat. night (babysitter considerations), we loved the "old" Sage, and the RW menu had definite appeal. A lot of times I look at the RW menu and don't find enough that my dh and I would both enjoy but Sage looks like a winner.


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          1. re: owen_meany

            Thinking of going there on Saturday night, too, but couldn't find the actual RW menu online.
            Been there three times since they moved and always had good meals. Can be hectic service, though.

            1. re: owen_meany

              Here's my report back on the Sage RW experience:

              Had 6:30 reservations for Sat night but traffic was non-existent and parking abundant so we ended up there at 6pm. They happily took us in (we were only the 3rd party in the place). Started with cocktails (Sage Ghost for dh -- a nice herby vodka based drink and a good Sidecar for me) and ordered the chick pea capponata to go with the bread basket of foccacia while we relaxed and looked at the menu. Capponata was delicious.

              I started with the gnocchi which was not only delicious but a generous portion that was a meal in itself. dh had the calamari which he enjoyed. For my main I had the chicken milanese which was a breaded and fried chicken breast (HUGE) with an arugula salad on top. It's a bit heavier than my usual preferred meal so I mostly enjoyed the salad and about 1/4 of the chicken (dh at another 1/4 and had the rest on a sandwich for lunch the next day). dh had the duck which he seemed to like.

              For dessert I had the cookies and dh had the strawberry sorbet. The cookies were 2 ok macaroons, 1 delicious almond cookie, one delicious chocolate cookie, and a choc biscotti that was ok. I also had decaf. dh liked his sorbet a lot.

              Service was fine. When we left at 8 the place was not even 1/2 full. We sat at a table in the bar area and I do have to say I won't do that again due to the fact that the bar stools/chairs were unbelievably uncomfortable.

              Total for 2 RW meals, 2 cocktails, 2 gl of wine (a nice verdicchio and a so-so pinot noir rose), 1 coffee was $125.


            2. I'm going to Mamma Maria and Toro for dinner, and Upstairs on the Square for lunch. I think Toro is an especially good deal since it is the only time they take reservations, and basically the whole menu is available.

              I've also had good restaurant week experiences at Harvest and Meritage.

              My opinion is that places that have prix fixe menus in the $30-$40 range year-round (T. W. Food, EVOO, Flora, among others) generally aren't the best options during RW, even if the menu looks good -- why deal with the crowds and the risk of overwhelmed service when you could get the same deal any time?