Restaurant Week (March 2011) - Splitting Courses?
I'm going to Boston with my girlfriend March 13-16 which pleasantly is smack dab in the middle of Restaurant Week! Couldn't have planned it better if I tried.
Anyway - we were going to start making reservations for restaurant week, but there are a couple things that we were concerned about.
1) We both have rather small appetites and 3 courses would be too much for one of us. It would certainly be doable if we split. Do restaurants allow splitting or is it frowned upon.
2) We're staying near Prudential Center. Could we just order from the RW menu for take out or is that a restaurant-by-restaurant type decision?
1.) I also have a small appetite and have never found RW portions to be overwhelming. At worst, you leave a few bites of each course, and at best, you eat everything and are not full. I think you should order two different RW meals and see how it goes.
2.) I believe that RW meals are for eat-in only, but you can check with the individual places you are considering. Which restaurants are on your list?
PS- If you haven't been here in March before, bring warm clothing as it will still be winter temperatures!
each place will have different policies, but many do not allow you to split a restaurant week package. for any of the better places, it's already a huge reduction in the check average and just wouldn't make any financial sense.
most also do not allow it as a take-out option.
make your selection, NOW, because the prime places sell out very quickly. call ahead to find out what they will allow you to do.
I should think one of you can order the RW option, and the other can order a salad? I think you should ask when you make a reservation if that would be ok with them. I don't think they do take-out for the RW menu, but you can always ask.
Also, in my experience, the menu options aren't usually large portions, as they want you to be able to enjoy all the food. Will you have a fridge where you're staying? You could both order, and just take back the leftovers.
Most hotels will supply a small refrigerator if you ask. I travel with a dog who eats fresh food and have always been able to do this. The hotels have them for people who have medications that must be refrigerated so they don't ask too many questions.
Please don't judge Boston food by restaurant week. While some places do a wonderful job, others give you exactly what you pay for and are to be avoided.
Read the reviews from past years, look at the regular menu and the restaurant week menu and go somewhere that serves the same food rather than create new dishes for restaurant week.
Here are reports from last year.
And, think about enjoying some of the fine places that don't take part in RW. They won't be as busy and you can order exactly what you want and split as you see fit. It may be a better deal.