Dine Originals Columbus is an organization which promotes locally-owned independent restaurants. Beginning earlier this year, DOC has featured Restaurant Weeks during some months which are typically slow. This is a great chance to sample a restaurant you might not have a chance to otherwise.
Alas, those of us who work in these restaurants don't really get much of an opportunity to get out there and sample everyone else's fare, but then again, this week gives us a chance to make some money during a typically tight time of year. Participating restaurants will have a menu (typically a pre-set, fixed price, multicourse menu) for either $20.09 or $30.09. Some lesser-priced restaurants even have 2-for deals
One great thing about this event is that there is a huge variety from which to choose. If you only have $30 to spend on eating out this week for 2, you can do it at Surly Girl. You can splurge and do $30 each at some of the best restaurants in the city (The Top, the Refectory, G Michaels) - the options are pretty endless.
You can read the menus on the DOC website; having perused them, I thought I'd offer my 2 cents - where I'd be going if I could. I hope to get a chance to do a few lunches. Columbus Foodie is hoping to hit 8-10 restaurants this week, so you can keep up with her.
Alana's has quite a few options; including vegetarian options (kabocha squash risotto? yes, please!), and then there's that Mexican Chocolate tart with Jeni's Salt Caramel, the only dessert Husband will order in a restaurant.
Black Creek Bistro has gone out with four courses on offer - appetizer, salad, entree, and dessert!
The Elevator has options for meat, fish, and vegetables, including a winning-sounding nut brown braised short rib.
G. Michael''s also has choices to run the gamut of desires. The Widow family ate there last night and it was amazing, as usual.
Katzinger's is offering up a menu for 2 (or 1!); choose a salad, sandwich, and dessert!
I certainly hope to get to Pistacia Vera for dessert for 2!!
The Top Steakhouse has a great menu - escargots and prime rib!!
Aside from a lunch and dinner menu, the Worthington Inn will have 2/$30.09 brunch on Sunday. I will tell you right now, it's way worth it. The brunch ladies visited in May and it was one of the best brunches in the city.