5 Best Bets at Clayton Restaurant Week


The duck & pie is on the Restaurant Week menu at the Libertine, though it will cost you extra. - PHOTO BY MABEL SUEN
  • Photo by Mabel Suen
  • The duck & pie is on the Restaurant Week menu at the Libertine, though it will cost you extra.

If you've ever dined out during Clayton restaurant week, you know the drill: a host of the city's top eateries offer special menus, each featuring three courses for $25 per person. The week of specials helps to raise money for Operation Food Search — and it's also a great excuse to try a new restaurant without breaking the bank.

Restaurant week runs this year from January 18 to January 24. So which of this year's participants have the most exciting options on offer? Here's our take on five places you'll want to make a reservation for, stat. 

1. The Libertine
7927 Forsyth
More is more under new Libertine chef Matt Bessler, and that's certainly true of its Restaurant Week. It's not easy to follow — there are so many add-on fees for various components, you might as well be ordering off the main menu! But if you stick with the basic three-course/$25 deal, these sound like great choices: foie gras poutine, mussels, a crispy pork belly carbonara and the restaurant's famous "dinner burger" are all on offer, along with bonbons for dessert.

2. Remy's
222 S. Bemiston Avenue
You can't go wrong at Remy's, a Mediterranean mainstay with a great wine list. The choices here are plentiful (both five appetizers and five entrees) and include Tuscan seafood stew, grilled beef tenderloin, or bronzed mahi topped with shrimp. For dessert, feast on a chocolate Napoleon, tiramisu or an almond-crusted mascarpone cheesecake.

The Steakhouse Pizza at Crushed Red: on the menu. - PHOTO BY JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Photo by Jennifer Silverberg
  • The Steakhouse Pizza at Crushed Red: on the menu.

3. Crushed Red
This fast-casual restaurant doesn't take reservations, but it still makes the cut because it's offering one of the best deals we've seen anywhere — you can feed two people here for $25, with a smorgasbord of interesting choices. Choose one shareable (hummus, a flatbread or a warm artichoke spread), two salads, and a pizza, with a host of options for both salad and pizza. Get the Yukon Gold Steakhouse Pizza, with potatoes, sirloin, and parmesan cream, or the Emerald Coast Salad with shrimp, avocados and bacon. There's so many combinations here for a great price, you really can't mess this one up.

4. Cardwell's
8100 Maryland
This classic restaurant isn't just serving sirloin like some restaurants on the list (ahem, Ruth's Chris) — it's offering filet mignon (albeit for an extra $4), along with choices of salmon, pork chop or roast chicken. Even the appetizers are mouth-watering — choose from sirloin carpaccio, seafood gumbo, calamari or salad, with no extra fees. For dessert? Chocolate pate, bread pudding or either ice cream or sorbet.

5. 801 Fish
172 Carondelet Plaza
Disappointingly, this newcomer to the neighborhood has yet to outline its restaurant week plan. But we still think it's worth taking a chance on. Part of the restaurant group that also owns 801 Chophouse, the brand-new eatery boasts an extravagant raw bar and some pretty steep prices. The burger? $15. The Boston Bibb? That'll set you back $20 (albeit for a dinner-sized portion). So ... this might be the one chance to try a hot new place at a reasonable price. Let's just hope they're not sticking everyone with tilapia.

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