Monday, January 9, 2012

Strategic Planning for Restaurant Week

Posted By on Mon, Jan 9, 2012 at 5:49 AM

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Indecision is a tough personal trait to possess when Nashville Originals Restaurant Week comes around. Next week, Jan. 16-22, the vacillators, waverers and second-guessers will have to strain their brains to pin down which meal deals are right for them.

As they say in biz speak, if you fail to plan, then you plan to fail. Don't succumb to indecision; spend a moment strategizing your personal approach to the wonders of Restaurant Week. Check out the website; there are 40 or so deals listed, with more possibly to come.

Should you try a new place you've always wanted to visit but somehow never made it there? Ever been to Jimmy Kelly, or Goten?

Another useful strategy is to use your Restaurant Week visits to support longtime favorites; just ask legions of MafiaOza's, Jackson's, and Caffe Nonna devotees.

You might dispense with the restaurant and let the food itself call to you. Watermark is making shrimp ravioli on fennel mousseline, Rumours East is stuffing portobellos, Red Pony has Parmesan grilled trout, and Nero's has a peppermint snowball with your name on it.

No need for a spendy meal: you can eat local at the lowest prices — Provence and Drink Haus have your number with a $2.12 soup and bread or $2.12 for a coffee drink.

All 43 of the participating restaurants are offering good value, but some values are extra valuable. Tomorrow Chris will tell you about something special planned at ChaChah. And that $10.12 lunch at Sunset Grill is a tough competitor.

Whatever your Restaurant Week strategy, don't forget to make reservations, if possible — it works out better for everyone.

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