Well, it's time once again for Connecticut Restaurant Week 2009, from Oct. 4-9 (Sunday-Friday, a 6-day week). Special menus are supposed to be priced at $20.09, or two-for-one, or some other special choosing of the restaurant.
By my count at http://www.ctrestaurant.org/index.php..., there are 67 restaurant locations participating this year (53 actual different restaurants). Only about 2/3's of the restaurants have bothered to submit their special menus; I guess the rest want you to trust that you'll love whatever they choose to proffer.
A number of the menus listed look like they might be worth the trip if they're not in your immediate vicinity (Bricco & Grants in W. Hartford, most of the Max Group Restaurants, Hawthorne Inn in Berlin, even Leon's in New Haven). Other menus seem just a bit half-hearted.
One that you might really want to try, and whose menu isn't listed, is ON20 in downtown Hartford, which is offering a 4-course luncheon tasting menu Mon-Fri for $20.09, according to an email I received a couple of days ago. (They're not open for dinner regularly.) Their usual lunch tasting menu is $35 last time I checked. (Their website flash loads abysmally slowly, even with broadband.) Edit: I found the announcement here: http://www.ontwenty.com/pages/events....
If you haven't heard about this earlier, don't be surprised. I'm not impressed with the almost complete lack of promotion compared with, say, New Haven restaurant week, which according to a billboard I saw on I-95 in Milford and a local radio spot I heard last week, is coming up November 8-13 (another 6-day week).
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