Tips for navigating Inlander Restaurant Week

Tips for navigating Inlander Restaurant Week

Every foodie’s favorite event is back in the Inland Northwest! For the next ten days, more than 100 restaurants will offer three course meals for $19 or $29 as part of Inlander Restaurant Week. But tables can be hard to come by, so the pros are offering tips to make sure you get a coveted seat.

“You don’t have to go to Portland to get a great meal. You don’t have to go to Seattle. It’s all here,” said Tamara McGregor, event director of Inlander Restaurant Week.

Restaurants around Spokane are busy preparing for bustling crowds and hungry guests.

“Las year was wild. It was insane,” said Kori Turk who works at Wandering Table. “So, I think we’re amply prepared for this year.”

Customers are already getting busy too, planning out which restaurants they want to hit during Restaurant Week.

“It’s such a good way to try a bunch of differing new things and try new foods and experience new places that you’ve never heard of,” said Alicia Edmonds. Edmonds and her friends plan to head to Anthony’s to check out their Restaurant Week menu Friday night.

“We love their food and we wanted to try some new things and they have a really amazing three course meal, so we’re going to try it out,” she said.

But with so many planning on dining out, it could make it tough to get a seat where you want, so KXLY 4 News turned to the experts. The Inlander says the first thing to do is know your plan.

“Get your plan together,” McGregor said. “Are you going out for a birthday dinner? Are you going out for old favorites? Are you going to try new ones? So, you got to get your plan together.”

Also, don’t be discouraged if you call and they tell you nothing is available.

“Restaurants that use online reservations and phone reservations typically have separate inventory. So if you call and they just don’t have a table for when you want and the date and the time, try online too,” McGregor said.

And just like life, you may need to make some compromises to get what you want.

“If you’ve got a high demand restaurant and you can’t get in, the best days of the week to look at are Sunday through Wednesday,” she said.