Deal or No Deal Restaurant Week Contest Winners Announced!

Last month, Dining in DC and DC on Heels announced the Ultimate Restaurant Week give-a-away by offering five lucky readers a chance to win a $75 dining gift certificate.
We asked our readers, “Is Restaurant Week DEAL OR NO DEAL?”

Together we put DC Restaurant Week to the test. By design Restaurant Week is intended to offer diners an exclusive bargain that they could not ordinarily get otherwise. Most participating restaurants create a special 3-course, prix-fixe menu with the intention of putting their best foot forward to attract new diners to showcase what the restaurant offers, and for a bargain price. Some restaurants offer their entire menu allowing guests to choose their own three courses. During Restaurant Week, lunch is 3 courses for $20.10 and dinner is 3 courses for $35.10 (prices do not include tax or gratuity.)

For the “Deal or No Deal” contest, Dining in DC and DC on Heels readers were asked to take pictures of their meal while dining out for Restaurant Week and to send them along with the price of the meal, and explanation if meal was considered a Deal or not.  As specified in the original rules: There were five winners selected. Three winners were chosen based on their photos and explanation of their dining experience. One winner was chosen at random as a subscriber to Dining in DC. One winner was chosen at random who is a Facebook fan of DC on Heels. The winners are the following:

Lisa’s pick: Caitlin Smith of Capital Cooking Show

Caitlin is well versed in writing up her dining experiences as a contributing writer to the Capital Cooking Show blog and it showed. For DC Restaurant Week, Caitlin dined at The Blue Duck Tavern for lunch. She said, “the service at the restaurant was fabulous. We were well taken care of and our waiter made us feel right at home.” After stuffing herself with an appetizer and main course, she said she “although everything we ate was delicious, nothing compares to the Apple Pie (see photo on right). I fell in love with first bite and had to stop myself from eating all of it! Outside the weather was dreary but inside The Blue Duck Tavern everything was warm and inviting. We cannot wait to go back and enjoy another enticing meal. I thought it was a terrific deal!” She and her guest each got a three course lunch for $44.20 (includes tax).  You can read her full review with photos on the blog.

Markette’s pick: Becca of Bitches Who Brunch

Becca of Bitches Who Brunch (love that name!) did a bang up job writing up her “DEAL or NO DEAL” review of Chef Geoff’s restaurant week special. She told us in her submission that it was a DEAL because diners during Restaurant Week could order anything on the menu for appetizer, entree (including the rib eye steak!) and finally dessert… for only $35.10! Becca also said that Chef Geoff’s didn’t skimp on the portions, and she had the photos to prove it — she submitted 14 pics in all. She said, “from the wedge salad, to the salmon tartare, to the duck – and that’s just for apps. For dinner we had lobster, halibut, tuna, and steak. Oh my, it was amazing.”
She also said that her party of 6 received superb service during all three courses of their meal, which I can imagine for the waiter was a tough job for bunch of “bitches who brunch” 😉
Vanessa’s pick: Angelica Mar
Angelica’s visit during restaurant week was to one of DC’s best known restaurants —-DC Coast and it  left her saying it was a “TOTAL DEALIO” DC Coast is known for it’s delectable seafood but on the menu for Angelica’s visit  were options like fried green tomatoes with goat cheese and fresh corn polenta. Angelica says DC Coast offered many items that were NOT usually  on the menu. Angelica says “Overall, a consistent Rest Week winner – my friends and I will now have to make DC Coast one of our must visits” Read below to get all the details of Angelica’s visit.

Dining in DC Subscriber Winner: Jess Tunon, Arlington, VA

DC on Heels Facebook Fan Winner: Jamie Gulin, Washington, DC

Congratulations to all of the Winners! Thank you for all of your submissions. (It was really hard to pick just five.) WINNERS: Please e-mail dcfoodcontest@gmail.com to claim your $75 gift certificate prize!

Special thank you to the contributing restaurants for their donations:

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