Restaurant week, where are you?
Another January - quiet time in the restaurant world - and time, once again, to lament the fact that Cincinnati restaurants haven't quite gotten it together enough to host a "restaurant week."
What is it? Pretty simple really: Pick the quietest time/s of the year (really, who's eating out much between the holidays and Valentine's Day?), get some quality restaurants on board to offer set meals - usually three-course meals in the $20-$30 range, and attract diners you wouldn't normally get otherwise. It's restaurant week, and it's a big deal in other major cities.
My brother in DC has a bunch of reservations for DC Restaurant Week, starting Jan. 8. He and his wife try out spots they would never normally eat, and once in a while, they find a gem they'll go back to again and again.
My first meal at St. Elmo Steak House in Indianapolis was at last July's restaurant week. And lo and behold, Indy's doing it again this month. It even has a cool name - Devour Downtown Winterfest, and it starts Jan. 22. And we can't quite figure out what downtown Indianapolis has over downtown Cincinnati...
You'll also find restaurant weeks in San Diego, San Francisco, NYC, Philly and Vancouver this month.
Am I missing any?