Some would argue (in song) that the Most Wonderful Time of the Year happens in December. As a Sacramento food enthusiast who loves getting a deal, I’d disagree. Dine Downtown, a food lover's holiday, happens in January.
Dine Downtown is a promotion where good and great local restaurants offer three course meals for just $30. While that may still seem steep, this offer includes an appetizer, main course and dessert. Many of the restaurants participating are upper tier restaurants where the price of the appetizer alone is $30.
In the past years, I’ve taken the opportunity to eat at Ella, Mulvaney’s, The Firehouse, Tuli and Biba. These are some of Sacramento’s finest restaurants and at $30 for a three course meal, it’s a steal.
This year, I’m planning on hitting up Restaurant Thir13en, a relatively new upscale eatery by the folks who brought us Tuli Bistro.
Last year, I was given the opportunity to try the restaurant on the Delta King. This year, I was invited to preview the menu at Morgan’s Restaurant in the Sheraton. Come back tomorrow for my review of that Dine Downtown destination.
One final tip: Go with a friend you don't mind sharing food with. Many of these menus offer two (or more) food options. You'll be able try twice as many dishes at the same cost. Or if there's only one thing that you want to try on the Dine Downtown menu, both of you don't have to get the deal. One of you can just order a regular entree.
Here's the entire list of participating restaurants:
(V)- Vegetarian options included in the menu
For more information about Dine Downtown and to see the menus being offered at the great Sacramento restaurants, visit DowntownSac.org.