Have You Checked Out Restaurant Week Yet?

Over 30 restaurants in Highland Park are offering special dishes and deals until April 29.

If you haven't eaten out since last Thursday, you're missing out on the city's  

The event, organized by the , includes special dining packages and dishes offered by over 30 of the city's restaurants.

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"I called just about everybody," said  owner Bobby Dubin, who's on the Alliance's board and helped coordinate the event. "Whenever you can get a community of restaurants together, it's a good thing."

Only a few days in, the event has already proven to be a success, according to Dubin. The restaurateur said he's seen double his typical reservations for last Thursday night and Friday.

"We basically all got together to make it happen," said Alyssa Knobel, who is a member both of the Alliance board and the city's Business and Economic Development Commission. "Who knows how to do restaurant week better than your restaurant owners?"

Many participating restaurants are offering prixe fixe dinners ranging in price from about $20 to $50. , for example, is offering a four-course meal that includes a grilled sourdough bread salad with smoked tomato vinagrette a fava bean ravioli, grilled wahoo and a blueberry cobbler for $44.44.

"We'll find things we want to work with, things you know pair well with the main ingredient," said M owner Missy Crovetti. 

Nieto's, the recently opened more casual restaurant , is serving a $33 prixe fixe menu that includes a choice between the pan seared whitefish or braised shortribs in addition to a dessert and a soup or salad. The restaurant is also offering a complimentary glass of wine.

"We took basically what people said were their favorites, so we wanted to showcase that," said restaurant co-owner Debbie Nieto.

The showcasing the favorites strategy has been taken up by other participating restaurants as well. is offering a five meats and five sides sampler for $25 in an attempt to show off the many housemade sauce and meat combinations the restaurant provides.

"We wanted people to be able to taste the true flavor of what we do and how we do our stuff," said Real Urban Barbecue owner .

will offer free samples of their coffees and teas during Restaurant Week's Wine Wednesday. Attendees will also be able to sample some of the cafe's desserts, which will be paired with corresponding drinks.

"It just teaches you how to look for different flavors in the coffee and tea," said ArrivaDolce barista Rori Kruckeberg.

Restaurant Week will go until Apri 29. Click here to see the full list of who's offering what.

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