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Make reservations now for Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week

Eggplant pie has been on the menu since Gravy Italian-American Kitchen opened in 2009 in Raleigh. It is part of the Gravy menu for Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week.
Eggplant pie has been on the menu since Gravy Italian-American Kitchen opened in 2009 in Raleigh. It is part of the Gravy menu for Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week. Courtesy of Empire Eats.

Save the date for Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week, which will be Aug. 17-23.

The options have expanded to include lunch menus and do-it-yourself progressive dinners.

Participants restaurants will offer three-course prix fixe dinners for $20 or $30 per person or $5 or $10 lunch menus. The progresive dinner include a special appetizer, entree or dessert.

Some of the participating restaurants include 18 Seaboard, 42nd Street Oyster Bar, Babylon, Bittersweet, Batistella’s, Taverna Agora, Five Star, Irregardless Cafe and Vic’s Italian Cafe & Restaurant.

Here’s an example of the three-course prix fixe dinner offered at Raleigh’s Gravy for $30:

First course: Risotto balls, bruschetta, hearts of Romaine salad, prosciutto arugula and tomato sandwich or a caprese salad.

Second course: Mustard seed-encrusted fish with butter braised local beans and potatoes; lamb ragu with onions, carrots, tomato, toasted bread crumbs, house mint pasta; seared pancetta-wrapped chicken with tomato, grean bean and pea risotto; cavatelli and pesto; or eggplant pie.

Third course: Tiramisu or cannoli.

Info: dinedowntownraleigh.com

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