Popular eateries in town offer deals for Austin Restaurant Week

Proceeds from Austin Restaurant Week benefits non-profit organization Meals on Wheels.

Proceeds from Austin Restaurant Week benefits non-profit organization Meals on Wheels.

After a while, ramen noodles and cafeteria food can get old. Well, get ready to treat yourself to delicious yet affordable food, because Austin Restaurant Week is here.

This year’s Austin Restaurant Week is taking place Sunday Sept. 23 through Wednesday Sept. 26 and Sunday Sept. 30 through Wednesday Oct. 3. Although it has begun, it is in no way over.

The basic idea behind the festival is that during these two weeks, many of Austin’s favorite restaurants design a set menu of their best dishes at a reduced price. At the same time, consumers are contributing not only to their stomach, but also to charity.

The meals range between $12 and $17 for lunch, $27 or $37 for dinner, and at select locations $17 for brunch.  This event allows students to have a great meal without having to leave the restaurant through a window.

The festival is run completely through their website,  restaurantweekaustin.com. The format is very simple. Choose a participating restaurant, then select the time to dine and how many people will be in the party.

The restaurants range from Asian food to Greek food and everywhere in between.  The ambiances of the varying locations are so diverse that there is a place to fit any occasion. The participating restaurant list includes some of my local favorites, such as Uchi, Zed’s, and Hudson’s on the Bend. The list of restaurants is still increasing.

By participating in the festival, diners are also donating to charity. With each meal purchased, $2 of the profit is then donated to the nonprofit organization Meals on Wheels.

Meals on Wheels currently provides hot meals to over 5,000 people in the Austin area. Austin Restaurant Week creates funds that go directly to buying food and supplies for the elderly and in-need enrolled in the program.  Meals on Wheels are currently celebrating 40 years of service work in the Austin area.

There is no need to come up with an excuse to take a friend to dinner.  The slogan for Austin Restaurant Week could not have put it any better: ”Dine out, do good.”  By showing love for food, diners will also be giving back to the Austin community. Take this opportunity to get out of the house, away from the mac and cheese, and go eat something new.