Five Things That Restaurants Do Wrong During Restaurant Week
|Flickr user nathancolquhoun|
Restaurant week should be a fun time. I should be excited for the menu debuts. I should be in mortal danger from all the overeating that I'm going to do. But no, in my short time in Orange County, restaurant week has only produced a few cheaper date nights and a resounding 'meh'. Though there are a few menus I am genuinely impressed with, you guys could really up your game.
My ex-housemate said it best when we had to postpone a double date at one of the restaurant week restaurants: "Don't worry, I know a waitress there and she said it's just their normal stuff, so we're not missing anything by rescheduling."
I should have missed something.
5. Three Course Dinner Menus
|Flickr user T. Carrigan|
|Pretty? Yes. Interesting? Ehhh|
"Salad, Entrée, Dessert. Boring, Simple, Obvious. Way, Too, Easy."
Anyone can put together a three course meal. No matter how fancy your Caesar salad or how well prepared your steak, you're still menu planning yourself into a box. Restaurant week is about creativity, chefs should want to showcase their ideas: give me an amuse-bouche or another appetizer course. It doesn't need to be complicated, just enough to make me go 'Oh!'.
4. Pick and Choose Menus
|Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly|
|I could eat this literally any day|
Three course menus bore me. Pick and choose menus? Those actually make me sad.
Soul crushingly sad.
A menu inviting me to 'pick anything from our list of appetizers for your first course' in a friendly font is no friend of mine. I don't want to repeat myself, but I will. Please be creative. Try something new. If I wanted dinner for cheaper, I'd just go to happy hour.