If this is your first Restaurant Week, here are a couple of tips.
First, browse all the menus before deciding where to go. Be strategic! Also make note of which restaurants don’t allow substitutions if you have dietary restrictions that don’t line up with the offerings. Here’s a cheat, though: Germantown Café, Cabana, PM, Suzy Wong’s House of Yum and a few others all offer great selections for each of the courses that fit a variety of special diets. All great choices if you’ve got a big, diverse group.
Second, remember that the restaurants are busy due to the specials, so plan accordingly. Early or late dinners might be easier to arrange (particularly if reservations are not available). And be patient with the service for the same reason. I sometimes hear, “Oh, the food was great, but the service wasn't” from diners after a Restaurant Week meal. Special menus and abnormally large crowds can make things hectic for the wait staff. Relax, have fun, and find a new favorite.
The participating restaurants are: 55 South, 417 Union, Bound’ry, CABANA, Caffe Nonna, Cross Corner Bar & Grill, Crow’s Nest, F. Scott’s Restaurant & Jazz Bar, Germantown Café, Holland House Bar & Refuge, Jackson’s, Jimmy Kelly’s Steakhouse, McCabe Pub, Mere Bulles, Midtown Cafe, Nero’s Grill, Noshville Delicatessen, The Pineapple Room at Cheekwood, PM, Provence Breads & Café, Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant, Puckett’s Boat House, Red Pony, Saffire, Silly Goose, Sunset Grill, Suzy Wong’s House of Yum, Table 3, Tin Angel, Valentino’s Ristorante, Watermark Restaurant, Wild Iris and The Yellow Porch. Check the Restaurant Week website (which will be updated through the week) for menus and more information.