Just in time for you to forget about your New Year's resolutions, D.C. Restaurant Week has returned.
Make your reservations ASAP, if you haven't already, because they go fast. Restaurant Week runs Jan. 9-15, with more than 200 eateries offering special prix-fixe menus. This year they're at $20.12 for lunch and $35.12 for dinner, not including tax, tip or drinks.
Procrastinators can luck out, too. Each time the event comes around, some restaurants (seems like more every time) extend their deals for a few extra days -- check with your preferred spot to see what's what.
Some tried-and-true participating spots include RIS, Bistro Bis, Zola and Vermillion (see all 200-ish participating restos here), and many have published their Restaurant Week menus online.
1905 (1905 9th St. NW), for instance, offers a first course of halved avocado dressed with mustard aioli, kalamata olives, red onion and asiago croustade, baby spinach salad with bacon candy(!), or croquettes filled ith manchego, applewood bacon, potato and salt cod atop roasted piquillo peppers and dill sauce. And keep in mind, that's just the first course. (See PDF menu here.)
Georgia Brown's (950 15th St. NW) has entrees including cornmeal-crusted trout with tequila lim crawbish butter and coconut rice pilaf; local pork loin stuffed with smoked pork confit and collad greens with mustard mashed potatoes and sassafras barbecue sauce, and buttermilk fried chicken. (See PDF menu here.)
And Lincoln (1110 Vermont Ave. NW) -- which offers four courses for dinner include of the usual three -- offers dessert options such as a chocolate oatmeal cookie ice cream sandwich and lemon mousse angel food cake white chocolate florintine with seasonal berries. (See PDF menu here.)
A FEW WORDS OF CAUTION
Remember that most places are usually much busier during Restaurant Week, so don't expect consistently quick and attentive service.
That said, don't go somewhere you eat often. You're likely to end up frustrated by the slow service/busy atmosphere, or disappointed in the options on the limited prix-fixe menus.
You'll also probably feel happier about parting with your $35.12+ if you aim for one of the traditionally more pricy restaurants on the list. With drinks, tax and tip not included in the price, your bill can climb quickly.