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Need to vent quickly.. new HUGE pet peeve Restaurant week only menus

Sorry folks but i need to vent on my new #1 pet peeve-- restaurant week menus.

Wifey and I went out for a date night to one of our favorite restaurants. Turns out it was restaurant week (no problem), however the resturant would ONLY be serving its restaurant week menu. We didnt see anything we liked there since we go for the robota (which was not on the restaurant week menu).

Then we went to another restaurant a few days later and the same thing happened again.

Now I am not against restaurant week per say (i try to avoid it, but hey to each his own). What I have an issue with is restaurants not offering their full menu and not informing guest when they make a reservation.

Am I out of line here? For situations like mine, all the restuarant is doing is upsetting a loyal customer and leaving a table open during prime time.

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  1. Yes, a HUGE pet peeve.

    1. Yes, it is a pet peeve of mine too but I understand the reasoning behind it and cut the place some slack. The vast majority of diners during restaurant week will probably pick something being offered as the restaurant week special. If the restaurant preps for the entire menu only to throw most of it away because it goes unordered, their bottom line suffers greatly. I tend to either plan to order off the restaurant week menu or stay away that week. If I'm not interested in the restaurant week menu, I've had great luck with places not participating as they're not nearly as busy as they are on normal weeks.

      1. I think they should inform people when they make a reservation. Like bobbert says, prepping the usual only to throw it away would be pointless, so I guess it's best to ask what's on the restaurant week menu.

        1. I agree with you.

          But after you got burned once, didn't you ask the second restaurant when you confirmed your reservation?

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          1. re: nosh

            2nd restaurant was in a different city. I didnt know when their restaurant week was.

          2. This is not one of life's greatest problems. In my opinion, it barely registers on the problem meter at all. Some people can't afford to go to any restaurant any time. That's a problem.

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            1. re: GH1618

              I guess I understand your reply, but if that's the case 2/3ds of Chow would shut down because we shouldn't be complaining about restaurants.

              1. re: PattiCakes

                I guess I understand your reply, ....
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                That makes one of us.

              2. re: GH1618

                What topics on Chowhound classify as "one of life's greatest problems", exactly?

                  1. re: kpaxonite

                    I'm waiting for the thread "If I'm a guest in a dear friend's home and whether I brought a gift or not, how much do I tip the host and based on what %?"