YAKIMA, Wash. -- Last year’s inaugural Yakima Valley Restaurant Week featured 10 restaurants, and I thought that was great.
This year there are 29. Twenty-nine! I look back at last year’s 10 and I’m suddenly appalled. How could I ever have considered such a small number of restaurants satisfactory for my Restaurant Week needs? A measly 10 restaurants? How gauche. How appallingly bourgeois.
“I shan’t be attending any further Restaurant Weeks with fewer than two dozen participating restaurants, Eleanor,” I say to my imaginary fancy friend Eleanor. “It simply won’t do.”
But 29? Yeah. Now we’re talking. And they’re the good ones, too. (Well, some of them.) There’s Birchfield Manor, Cowiche Canyon Kitchen, Crafted, E.Z Tiger, Gasperetti’s, HopTown Wood Fired Pizza, Los Hernandez Tamales, Provisions and more. And they’re all offering special Restaurant Week menus and deals.
You can get a four-course dinner at Birchfield Manor for just $35 (the Steak Diane sounds great, but I’m going for the half rack of lamb). You can get a $35 three-course dinner at Carousel that includes their famous French onion soup and coq au vin. You can get a three-course dinner for $35 at Crafted, which isn’t even disclosing what’ll be on that menu (but which I can guarantee, based on experience, is going to be good). The $35 four-course dinner at E.Z Tiger ends with a cherry-yuzu creme brulee dessert with shiso granita. That’s gonna be a must-try.
And that’s just the tip of the culinary iceberg. The participating restaurants and their menus are posted at www.facebook.com/YVrestaurantweek/menu. I suggest you spend some time on that page at your earliest convenience. Doing this Restaurant Week right is going to take some planning. This isn’t some piddly 10-restaurant operation anymore; this is the big time.