Plan Ahead for Prix Fixe Fantasy of Sonoma County Restaurant Week March 18-24
“Prix fixe” is French for “fixed price,” and it also usually means a great bargain for a multi-course meal, paired, if you choose, with wine. The only catch? Deals can be so good that reservations are a must.
Add to the mix that these prix fixe deals are being offered during Sonoma County Restaurant Week, when even bigger savings are rolled out, and it’s no wonder the event’s organizers anticipate that many seats at the most popular eateries will quickly be snagged by the guests who planned ahead and made reservations.
That’s why we’re recommending that would-be diners start planning their outings now, for the event happening March 18-24.
Since the annual dine-around debuted in 2010, it’s grown significantly each year. The first Restaurant Week had 89 eateries participating, while the 2011 promotion counted 105 eateries. Last year brought in even more, and 2013 is still welcoming new restaurants who want in on the deal.
The idea is simple. Each restaurant offers a three-course prix-fixe menu priced at $19, $29, or $39. Customers don’t need coupons, and part of the appeal is that they can try restaurants they’ve been curious about without as much risk to their wallet. Walk-ins are always welcome, too, of course.
Menus for each restaurant posted on the event website, and check back at Sonoma Insiders often for ongoing reviews of destinations you’ll want to check out.
Here is a just a sample idea of the savings. For $19, you can eat at Rosso Pizzeria in Santa Rosa or Petaluma, The Fig Café & Winebar in Sonoma, or Forchetta/Bastoni in Sebastopol.
Or, one of the best specials will be found at Piacere in Cloverdale, which is sending out four courses for just $29. That brings choices including BBQ oysters or steamed clams or shiitake ravioli; soup or fresh green salad; and entrees of lobster ravioli with saffron champagne orange cream sauce or chicken California 101 (chicken breast topped with mozzarella and avocado in white wine garlic cream sage sauce) or jumbo prawn piccata with lemon garlic white wine sauce and capers or New York steak Rose Marino of Black Angus with a Cabernet rosemary demi-glace reduction sauce, all served with mashed potatoes and local vegetables. Dessert is homemade tiramisu.
For $39, Underwood Bar & Bistro in Graton is another irresistible option, tempting with butter lettuce salad with roasted baby beets in herb ver jus vinaigrette, or Serrano ham with manchego and caperberries, or soup du jour; flat iron steak frites with mushroom shallot butter, arugula, frites and chipotle steak sauce, or pappardelle with slow braised lamb shoulder, wild mushrooms, broccoli rabe, pecorino cheese and rosemary; and crème brûlée or a trio of sorbet.
However you schedule your dinners, plan to eat out often. This seven-day extra-special prix fixe festival comes only once a year, so you’ll want to make those reservations for every single evening.