The best days of DFW Restaurant Week might be the last.
It might feel like summer fun is over. But there’s still a week to dine somewhere special for a bargain price and help support a local children’s charity.
More than 20 local restaurants extend the annual Restaurant Week promotion through Labor Day, offering a fine-dining lunch for $25 and a three-course dinner for $39 or $49.
That’s about $20-$30 less that usual, depending on the restaurant.
Part of the money ($5 from each lunch, $8-$10 from each dinner) goes to the Lena Pope children’s agency in Fort Worth or in Dallas, to a food bank serving that city.
Three $39 dinner specials that are definitely worth the visit:
▪ Rise n°3 Souffle’s casual country French cafe is at the center of the Shops at Clearfork.
The $39 dinner starts with complimentary wine or cheese and a choice of salad or the signature French onion soup.
If you’ve never tried Rise, it’s all about souffles: a choice of cauliflower-brie, ham-gruyere or mushroom for dinner, and a dessert choice of Reese’s or Cassis souffles.
You can also have a fine French dinner and choose a Rise entree salad with chicken and either creme brulee or lava cake for dessert.
Before 4 p.m., the $25 two-souffle lunch is an even better bargain: a choice of six savory souffles, plus either an appetizer or a choice of dessert souffles — chocolate, Grand Marnier, bananas Foster or apricot.
▪ Silver Fox Steakhouse is the best value in Fort Worth, and the Restaurant Week menu proves it.
For $39, diners get a choice of a 6-ounce filet mignon, salmon or a peach-serrano glazed prime pork chop.
The dinner includes a choice of lobster bisque or the III Forks apple-pecan-blue cheese salad, and mandarin orange-pineapple cake or chocolate ganache cake for dessert.
There’s an add-on tuna nachos appetizer for $5.
▪ Kirby’s Steakhouse in Southlake has new competition from Perry’s across Texas 114, so it’s offering a $39 deal.
The dinner includes a choice of five appetizers including chipotle buffalo sausage, and five entrees ranging from a 5-ounce filet mignon to a pork chop, chicken or mahi mahi. Dessert is a vanilla tartlet or apple empanadas.
Kirby’s has a 65-year history as a steakhouse, and actually goes back 98 years. The Kirby family founded the first drive-in restaurants in America, the Dallas-based Pig Stands.
Lunch choices: B&B, Capital Grille or Michaels, and more Restaurant Week deals
A few other choices:
▪ B&B Butchers & Restaurant in the Shops at Clearfork is always one of the showplaces of Restaurant Week.
This year, B&B offers a hearty $25 lunch daily until 4 p.m. with a choice of soup or salad and 10 different entrees, including the steak salad, sandwiches, salmon or vodka rigatoni.
The $49 three-course dinner menu features seven entrees including a 10-ounce filet mignon, or there’s even a surf-and-turf combo with filret medallions and two bacon-wrapped stuffed shrimp; 5212 Marathon Ave., 817-737-5212, bbbutchers.com.
▪ The Capital Grille is also doing excellent $25 lunches until 4 p.m., featuring a choice of salmon, roasted chicken, a steak salad or the Grille burger.
Start with salad or clam chowder, or end with espresso cake or creme brulee. There’s also a longer $49 dinner menu featuring a bone-in, dry-aged New York strip; 800 Main St., 817-348-9200, thecapitalgrille.com
▪ Michaels Cuisine in the Cultural District is a locally owned, chef-driven restaurant and one of the most faithful supporters of Restaurant Week.
Chef Michael Thomson is offering a $25 lunch with his signature tortilla soup or (from the old Mac’s House) house salad and a choice of charbroiled chicken house salad, steak or snapper.
The dinner adds a choice of roast chicken and a dessert, either a citrus trifle Mason jar or blonde brownie.
The rest of Restaurant Week: $25 lunches, $39-$49 dinners through Sept. 2
More Fort Worth restaurants still offering the deal: Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House (through Aug. 25, $49); Del Frisco’s Grille (through Sept. 2, $25-$39); Eddie V’s Prime Seafood (through Sept. 2, $49); Ruth’s Chris Steak House (through Sept 2., $49); Texas de Brazil (through Sept. 2, $39); Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar (through Sept. 2, $25-$39); or Waters Restaurant (through Sept. 2, $49).
In Northeast Tarrant County, it’s also a chance to try Boi Na Braza, Grapevine (through Sept. 2, $39); Del Frisco’s Grille, Southlake (through Sept. 2, $25-$39); il Calabrese, Southlake (through Sept. 2, $25-$39); La Bistro, Hurst (through Sept. 2, $25-$49), or The Classic Cafe at Roanoke, Roanoke (through Aug. 25, $25-$49).
In Arlington, book at Melting Pot Fondue Restaurant (through Sept. 2, $39).
(For the full list of Dallas-area restaurants, see dfwrestaurantweek.com. The Star-Telegram is a sponsor of DFW Restaurant Week.)