Any DFW Restaurant Week dinner is a bargain, some more than others.
But the best bargains are those restaurants serving full dinners for $35.
Example: Del Frisco’s Grille.
For $35, through Sunday, diners at the casual Grilles in Fort Worth or Southlake get a three-course dinner of regular menu items, not shrunk-down samplings.
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“This is a great way to showcase what we do on our regular menu,” said Kenneth Davis, manager of the Grille on Sundance Square Plaza. “This is not a scaled-down portion. We want people to see what we’re about.”
Both Grille locations are busy at night, but not always at lunch, maybe because some diners still think they’re steakhouses.
The Restaurant Week menu starts with a choice of salads, Del’s cream-corn soup or cheesesteak eggrolls, then offers five entrees: salmon, roast chicken, prime short rib, meatloaf or the huge Del’s double burger.
For dessert, there’s chocolate cake, Nutella bread pudding or a special Turtle cheesecake.
That’s up to a $48 dinner at regular prices.
Before 4 p.m. through Sunday, the same items come as a two-course lunch for $20. (Dessert is extra.)
“People think of Del’s for steak and seafood, but we can do everyday dining,” Davis said.
Corporate cousin Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse has always been one of the largest Restaurant Week donors to the Lena Pope children’s agency. (The Double Eagle Steakhouse continues a $45 menu through Aug. 30.)
More dinner deals
Other $35 Restaurant Week dinner bargains include:
Clay Pigeon Food & Drink, one of the best new restaurants, serving a three-course dinner through Aug. 29 featuring a grilled Niman Ranch pork chop, a hanger steak or housemade fettuccine. The real eye-catchers might be the corn-peach-Hatch pepper soup or peach bread pudding; 2731 White Settlement Road at Foch Street, 817-882-8065, claypigeonfd.com.
Kirby’s Steakhouse in Southlake, offering a remarkable bargain through Aug. 30 with a three-course menu featuring a veal shank, a New York strip, filet mignon or salmon, plus butterscotch choco-flan dessert; 3305 Texas 114 E., 817-410-2221, kirbyssteakhouse.com.
The Silver Fox Steakhouses in Fort Worth and Grapevine, offering three courses featuring filet mignon, salmon or a roast game hen; 1651 S. University Drive, 817-332-9060, or 1235 William D. Tate Ave., 817-329-6995, silverfoxcafe.com.
More restaurants serving the $35 dinner special include Mercury Chophouse, Piola and Rafain, Fort Worth; Cacharel, The Melting Pot or VB Steak, Arlington; The Classic at Roanoke; and Mac’s on Main, Grapevine. (Some end Saturday, others Aug. 29 or 30.)
For a full list of $35 and $45 DFW Restaurant Week locations, including those in Dallas and those with a $20 lunch special, see dfwrestaurantweek.com.
So long, Slice
Aledo’s funky artisan pizzeria, Slice The Pizza Spot, will close Saturday.
Not enough pizza diners for handmade pizza in a town of cheap-and-quick chains, owner Kyle Jarrell said.
All pizzas are buy-one-get-one-free through Saturday; 9650 E. Bankhead Highway, 817-441-1466, slicethepizzaspot.com.
Bud Kennedy's column appears Wednesdays in Life & Arts and Fridays in DFW.com. 817-390-7538