Is it the thought that counts?
Go to washingtonpost.com, to the "live" section for Sietsema's weekly chat (every Wed. at 11am)
Several complaints about Restaurant Week, and folks, I could see this coming, which is why I won't be taking advantage of the offer.
While it's noble & practical to try & lure in customers after 9/11 brought down business to the hospitality & restaurant industries, restaurants should be upfront about their policies & special menu this week!
$20.01 is a LOT to pay for lunch for 1 ($30.01 for dinner), excluding tip, taxes & any beverages/drinks, altho appetizer & dessert is included.
But all the restaurants are limiting Rest. Week diners to limited menus, including, according to complaints online, some of the cheapest entrees or ones that don't sell well. One chat person complained that Oceanaire's definition of a Rest. Week dessert was a small cup of ice cream.
Also, some of the participating restaurants, like Reeve's, are casual & have low-priced entrees where the normal grand total would be MUCH less than $20.01/$30.01.
So enjoy Rest. Week, but CAVEAT EMPTOR of the limited menus, of restaurants wanting to know at reservation time if you WILL be ordering off that menu, of mandating that all in the party must order the Rest. Week menu, and of limiting the special to certain times, like 11:30-12 for lunch!