There are seven days of Restaurant Week here in Columbus. Seven days of fixed priced, what-a-deal menus. And there are 37 restaurants participating. I don’t think that my stomach can handle digesting 37 multi-course meals in seven days.
The restaurants participating are all a part of Dine Originals, an organization that promotes independent eateries in cities throughout the United States. For Columbus, Dine Originals is like a small vaccine against the Chain Restaurant Virus.
Chains serve a purpose, I realize. They provide consistent, predictable and safe food for the culinary unadventurous. And, maybe, people with kids. Not everyone out there considers a meal an event. Some people just want to eat. These people don’t take pictures of their food while eating or spend valuable internet time looking at things like this.
Columbus is the home of many a chain restaurant. They breed here. From White Castle (a place that I accidentally went to last night after attending a cooking class about Risotto – oh, irony) to Max & Erma’s, from City Barbecue to the Cameron Mitchell group, there’s something about this city that says, “Go ahead! Take a chance! Open up a second of your successful eatery. We liked it in Hilliard; we’ll probably like it in Westerville!” Some of the chains are great; others just piss me off.
Back to the point. I have to wade through 37 restaurants to support between Monday and next Sunday. Technically, I need to get out of my hole and support these restaurants year-round. Because saying, “I love that place” doesn’t quite pay their electric bills or encourage them to try new items.
I’ve decided to try to go to restaurants that I haven’t been to.
That leaves me with:
Eight restaurants. Seven days. And Tuesday is out because of a cooking class with Deepwood. Financially, I can probably only pull off two or three.
So. Give me your thoughts. Tell me why I should choose one over the other. And hopefully, by the time I decide, I’ll still be able to make reservations.
(Don’t worry. I promise to take pictures of my food, wherever I go.)