The spring installation of Austin Restaurant Week 2011 is halfway over, but there are still four more days to snag yourself a multi-course brunch, lunch or dinner at a special Restaurant Week price. I've hit two places so far, both for dinner - Parkside and III Forks. I enjoyed both experiences thoroughly, and would definitely recommend either if you're still thinking about adding another notch to your Restaurant Week belt (I know I'll be needing a new notch on my belt, soon, and not in any proverbial way).
Some scenes from my Restaurant Week so far:
Buttery loaf from Parkside
Parisian gnocchi appetizer from Parkside (served with braised lamb, ramps, radish, swiss chard, & orange).
Chris' very spring-y farm rabbit entrée at Parkside. That pretty green pool is a green garlic broth.
My grilled bass entrée from Parkside - served with green olives, artichoke, foraged mushrooms, spring onion, lemon, and Espelette peppers.
Parkside's lovely and light frozen Meyer lemon soufflé.
And from III Forks:
Wedge salad. The large tomato was giving the small head of lettuce a run for its money.
Bacon-wrapped filet with red wine demi-glaze and bernaise sauce. This ridiculously tender filet tasted like it had been injected with bacon...it was warm and rich and bacon-y like all get out. Served with sugar snap peas and duchess whipped potatoes which were too whipped and wayyyy too salty for my taste (and I LOVE salt). No matter; it was easy to ignore them with that filet in front of me.
I kind of can't believe I ate this piece of chocolate ganache cake after conquering the two plates above.
But I did.
Each of these meals was $35 for Restaurant Week. I'm not sure whether it's exactly the same, but an 8 oz filet is usually $37.95 at III Forks, and their wedge salad is $8.25, so this was a great deal.
You can check out the list of participating restaurants, browse their menus, and even make reservations on the Austin Restaurant Week website, here. Restaurant Week continues through this Wednesday.
Where have you been for Restaurant Week so far? Did you love it?