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So is it just me, or did this spring's Detroit Restaurant Week go over like a lead balloon?

boagman | May 27, 201502:57 PM

This might be a bit of a snarky post, I can spot that. I think it's kind of warranted, though, and I don't put *any* of this on Paxahau, the event promoter. It's basically *all* on the individual restaurants involved.

I thought that the menus supplied for this spring's DRW were patently disappointing. The one (read: singular) menu that I *thought* might have some potential for being interesting was at Top of the Pontch, whose service ratings have been so very poor that I wasn't willing to roll the dice, quite frankly.

Basically, a $30 price point for a 3-course meal comes together as this: you're basically being offered free dessert. That's their carrot to get you to try them out, and I'm not mad at the idea, but I *am* mad at the idea that everything else that's going to *go with* that dessert is going to be pretty uninteresting, unchallenging fare. In many cases, the dessert is the same way.

Here's the big giveaway that this recent DRW fell very, very flat: there was *zero* chatter in here about it. None. Nobody went to a new place and came in here talking about them, good or bad. Nobody asked who was going where. There was no palpable excitement.

I certainly found my own behavior the most telling: the menus for DRW were so "meh-inducing" that when I found out that Bacco in Southfield was having a 13th Anniversary celebration that same week (and then some, minus Saturdays), I ended up going there.

And I ended up going there FIVE TIMES IN TWELVE DAYS. That's...that's a lot of missed opportunities for places in Detroit to try to tempt me their way, and failing miserably.

Anybody else wholly underwhelmed by DRW's offerings this year?

Bacco
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