Food lovers in Boston had a gala time from August 24th to August 29th. The city’s signature biannual ‘Dine Out Boston’ event gave them an opportunity to sample the best of the city’s exquisite cuisine.
In its earlier avatar, ‘Dine Out Boston’ was known as ‘Restaurant Week Boston’ and carried that name for 13 years. Twice a year, the event showcases the best food that Boston has to offer, at lower than average prices. It is an open invitation to everyone to try dishes that they may not usually go for, primarily because of the high prices. The organizers, American Express and Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, recently revamped the event to make it more accessible and affordable. Some of the city’s best restaurants are partners in the event, making it even more inviting.
The restaurants that participate in the event can choose between three set price lists for lunch and dinner. They have to offer a three-course, fixed price menu for each meal.
A wide range of restaurants
On offer were old local favorites, exciting fare from the newest and most happening culinary restaurants, local chef-run bistros and well-known restaurant chains. Patrons could sample, Argentinian, Asian, French, Italian and other cuisines. The set prices for lunch were $15, $20 and $25 and dinner was priced at $28, $33 and $38. The prices did not include beverage, gratuities and taxes.
Sound bites from patrons
One of the restaurant goers, a student, who we interviewed outside La Morra restaurant in Brookline, (a favorite in the area and one of the participating restaurants), said that La Morra was the third restaurant that he had visited that week. This is what he had to say, “With such great choices, it is hard to pick out which restaurant to visit. It is a good thing that the event is held twice a year. That way, I can visit these great restaurants by turn. In the last three years that I have been participating in this event, I have already visited 10 different restaurants and sampled their fare. The food is always great”. The patron was also glad to have had the opportunity to try dishes from restaurants that would have otherwise been too expensive for him.
Another patron said that he has been a regular at the event for 10 years. This only goes to show that many people eagerly await this event every year because it brings the best restaurants in Boston under one roof. It is one of the main reasons why the event has endured and is going from strength to strength.