Dearest foodies and friends, my tribe, it’s the most wonderful time of the year…DFW Restaurant Week. During August, also known to me as “the tastiest month of the year,” we can explore this long list of new AND tried & true DFW restaurants at special pricing. Best of all, it’s for a good cause AND someone else gets to do all the dishes afterwards! I’m not kidding when I say that Restaurant Week has lured me outside my usual dining comfort zone to gift me some of my favorite meals and some of my most hearty belly laughs with some of my favorite people. It really is an experience to remember if you allow it to be, and I invite you to hop onboard with Restaurant Week, Arlington style, if you haven’t done so already. 

This year, three of my favorite Arlington alumni return to the 2017 RW ranks. Here’s the skinny on where to dine:

restaurant506 (August 9-26) – This intimate restaurant is more than just a delicious chef-driven experience with locally-sourced ingredients. It is located inside the charming Sanford House Inn & Spa, which received a nod by Vacation Idea Dream Vacation magazine as one of the most romantic getaways in the area. So if you are looking for the perfect spot to hideaway with your honey, this is it! The fact that you can get a spa treat and Restaurant Week there too? #doublebonus #yesplease

The RW menu is $49 per person, 20% of proceeds from the Restaurant Week menu will be donated to Lena Pope Home*:

  • Pick one appetizer: Cantaloupe Gazpacho, Baked Oysters on the Half Shell
  • Pick one entrée: The 506 Flank Steak Pinwheel, Chicken Milanese, Seafood Risotto
  • Pick one dessert: Cookies and Cream Pot de Crème, Key Lime Pie

Additional sides include Caramelized Brussel Sprouts with Pineapple Citrus Glaze +$6 Lobster Mac n’ Cheese +$12 Fresh Tomato Medley with Mozzarella +$7:

Melting Pot in Arlington Highlands (August 7-26) – I’m not sure if fondue is actually a food group, but it really should be. After all, Melting Pot is part of the Gluten Intolerance Group and the American Vegetarian Association. And don’t forget about the strawberries dipped in melty dark and milk chocolates…or the Bacon & Jalapeno Cheese Fondue. If that isn’t inspiration to rethink the food pyramid, I don’t know what is.

The RW menu is $39 per person, including $9 donation to Lena Pope Home*:

  • Fiesta, Quattro Formaggio, or Bacon & Jalapeno Cheese Fondue served with rustic breads, fresh vegetables, and crisp green apples for dipping
  • Bacon & Bleu Spinach, California, or The Melting Pot House Salad
  • Entrée ~ Pick any three items from Bacon Salt & Cracked Pepper Filet Mignon, Regular Filet Mignon, French Quarter Chicken Breast, All Natural Chicken Breast, Hefeweisen Shrimp, Regular Pacific White Shrimp, Memphis-Style BBQ Pork Medallion and Featured Pasta served with Red Bliss Potatoes, white mushroom caps, and broccoli florets prepared fondue-style and accompanied by a flight of our signature dipping sauces.
  •  ADD ONS – Melting Pot offers additional decadence with fondue desserts for $7.95, apple martinis for $7 and a flight of wine for $10.

Piccolo Mondo (August 7-13) – You don’t have to journey to Rome, to eat like the Romans. You can enjoy authentic Italian cuisine at this Arlington favorite. Zagat doesn’t call this "One of the Top 10 for Food in the Fort Worth area" for nothing! One of the best parts of the meal their amazing live pianist who plays standards, contemporary love songs and other crowd favorites.  

The RW menu is $39 per person:

  • Pick one appetizer: Escargot alla Romana, Shrimp & Mushrooms in Cream Sauce, Carpaccio
  • Pick one entrée: Broiled Veal Chop, shrimp, Angel Hair Alla Pescatora, Salmon in Basil and Cream Sauce, Rolatine di Pollo
  • Pick one dessert: Spumoni, Tiramisu

If you put your ear up to the screen right now, you may actually hear my stomach growling. I’m starving! Here’s how you can join the fun: 1) Pick from 100+ of the finest restaurants across Arlington and DFW; 2) Call to book your reservation; 3) Mark your calendar; 4) Savor a delicious evening. Bon Appetit!

 *The Lena Pope Home started providing hope for children in North Texas over 80 years ago. Since its founding in 1930, the programs offered by Lena Pope have evolved to meet the changing needs of the community. Today, they help create hope, happiness, and success for children and families to stay together through two focused areas: counseling and education.