The $20 lunch is definitely the way to go. The $35 dinner isn't much of a dining deal, IMHO.
Yesterday had lunch at Michaels - it was so good that i plan to return and try the other choices on the program. I am a big fan of Michael's from way back. The food, the ambience, and staff are always spot on.
Today i had a late lunch at I Cugini. First time there--sure won't be my last. Began w/ delicious, marinated white anchovy filets, followed by a huge portion of pasta with fresh clams (in and out of the shell). Sauce was a delicate balance of wine, tomatoes & garlic. Couldn't finish, so took half home). I love gelato, so for dessert, i ordered the cantaloupe & plum flavors. The plum was just okay, but the cantaloupe was incredibly delicious. It comes from a provider in Newport Beach called Gelato Paradise. I tried to 'google' them, but no luck. Sure would like to order their products for home consumption. If anyone has their e-mail address, please post it. The ambience was pleasant and quiet. (I'm a stickler for peace and quiet when i eat out, whether with a companion or alone).The service was friendly and prompt.
Tomorrow, is Chinois. I have had both good and NSG meals there in the recent past. I have my fingers crossed that it will be one of the good ones. If not, at least there is comfort in knowing that the money goes to charity.
Fellow chowhounds, get out there and drink your Pelligrino this week and next at some of your favorite restaurants.