JANUARY 27 - FEBRUARY 1, 2020: With discounted meals like this at over 50 of Baton Rouge's local restaurants, you'll want to eat out every night this week.
I hope you’re hungry because Monday, Jan. 27 kicks off Baton Rouge’s Restaurant Week. The deals are so good, you’ll want to eat out for dinner every night this week.
Now, January and July can be the slowest months of the year for local restaurants. Owners see empty tables and chairs because folks are traveling out of town or trying out that new year, new you diet. But, Chris Brooks of DIG has a delicious way of boosting business.
It’s called Restaurant Week and it gives you the opportunity to enjoy three-course meals and discounted prices at over 50 local restaurants.
What’s cooking: 2019 Restaurant Week’s menus are here. Are you ready to dive in?
“This is an opportunity for us to appreciate them and for them to really show off what their talents are,” said Brooks.
Most restaurants will offer an appetizer, an entree and a dessert on the special menu. This season, prices range from $20 to $40 depending on the spot you visit.
To take advantage of those discounted prices during Restaurant Week, all you have to do is ask to see a Restaurant Week menu.
Just know that reservations are not required, but they are encouraged. Some restaurants fill up pretty quickly. Like, Elsie’s Plate and Pie. Restaurant Weeks are pretty busy for them! Owner and chef, Paul Dupre, likes that the event brings in new and familiar faces.
“Your regular customers want to see what you’re doing different,” said Dupre. “And there’s new customers who are just saying, ‘Oh, this is a good opportunity to try a new place because they have this special going on and we can get a little more bang for your buck.’”
Restaurant Week also works to give back to the community. For every food photo posted on social media and tagged #EatBR, two dollars will be donated to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.
“We want people to get engaged,” said Brooks. “We want people to have fun with this event – it’s a fun event. I mean, who doesn’t like eating, especially in South Louisiana. You know, it’s just a win-win for everybody.”
Restaurant Week runs Jan. 27 through Feb. 1. So, get to eating and get to posting!