Feeling hungry for something new? This is the last week to support one of your local restaurants by participating in Seattle Restaurant Week. The bi-annual event’s spring promotion started earlier this month and wraps up this Saturday, April 16th. This means you only have a few days left to sample a specially curated lunch or dinner menu from either a new-to-you restaurant or an old favorite.
Since 2017, Seattle Restaurant Week has celebrated local culinary talent and diversity by offering diners the chance to enjoy unique prix fixe menus created for the week by participating restaurants. The mission of the event, which is hosted by Seattle Good Business Network, is to support local businesses. As stated on the SRW website:
Seattle Good Business Network connects and inspires people to buy, produce, and invest locally, so that everyone has a meaningful stake in the local economy.
The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 inspired a few changes to make the event more inclusive. Now, instead of just the typical three-course prix fixe menu, diners can also enjoy meal kits, cocktail add-ons, and small plates. The event is open to any type of dining establishment—including food trucks and pop-ups—and does not charge a fee to participate.
There is also greater flexibility in the form of takeout and delivery options offered by many of the participating restaurants—so you can enjoy some of the best of Seattle’s cuisine from the comfort of your couch. In the mood for an adventure? Track down one of the participating food trucks or pop ups instead.
Ready to choose your next dining adventure? Check out the Seattle Restaurant Week website and use their filter tool to find your ideal meal in terms of categories including price, neighborhood, type of cuisine, and more. You can even filter the selections to showcase Black-owned businesses, restaurants that source their ingredients locally, and restaurants that offer a cocktail menu. And while you’re there, you can choose to participate in their Give a Meal program so that a neighbor in need can enjoy a free and nutritious meal.
Bon appétit, Seattle!