Birmingham Restaurant Week returns Jan. 29

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published January 22, 2018

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BIRMINGHAM — Has your stomach finally settled and your waistline gotten back in line after the holiday season of indulgence?

That’s great. But you’re about to fall off the wagon.

Birmingham’s annual Restaurant Week event kicks off on Monday, Jan. 29, and lasts through Friday, Feb. 2, with a second round Feb. 5-9.

The 13th installment for the dining promotion will showcase 22 Birmingham eateries presenting prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner guests, topping out at $15 in the afternoon and $30 in the evening for three-course meals.

Despite the normally icy conditions that February brings to southeast Michigan each year, Birmingham Shopping District Executive Director Ingrid Tighe said Restaurant Week is always well-attended. That makes it a win-win for penny-pinching diners and restaurateurs alike, who might normally see a slump during the cold, post-holiday season.

“Last year, about 70 percent of the restaurants who participated said they saw their sales increase during Restaurant Week,” she said. “I know I personally love it, and a lot of other people do too, getting to try all these different restaurants for such a reasonable price.”

Samy Eid, owner of Forest restaurant in Birmingham, said his chef has fun preparing a special menu for the event, highlighting the culinary prowess of their kitchen.

“It gives us an opportunity to introduce people who may not always venture out to Birmingham to us. They get to try new things at a reasonable price, and we get to hopefully impress them,” Eid said.

As to what the Forest chef has planned for Restaurant Week, Eid said he’s not sure yet, though he knows there will be different selections for the first and second weeks. All of the Restaurant Week menus will be posted online for guests throughout the event.

“You can go to our website, see who’s participating, what they’re offering, and choose that way,” Tighe explained. “Some people like to go where they haven’t been before. I myself like to choose based on what looks good on the menus.”

Three-course lunch menus will be offered for $15, and three-course dinners will cost $30 at participating restaurants — though some may offer a third price-point option for higher-end menus.

For more information, including a list of participating restaurants and promotional menus, visit www.BirminghamRestaurantWeek.org.