DFW Restaurant Week now lasts nearly a month.
But some restaurants still limit the $35 and $45 charity benefit dinners to this week, so book soon.
Restaurant Week is the annual August fundraiser when 26 Tarrant and Denton county restaurants support the Lena Pope Home children’s agency. (A Dallas version supports a food bank.)
The toughest local reservations Friday and Saturday are at Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, where the special ends Saturday, or Reata (ending Sunday).
Lonesome Dove’s $45, three-course menu features a choice of three entrees including chef Tim Love’s original signature dish, his garlic-stuffed roast tenderloin.
For $35, Reata’s three choices include a steak, a jalapeño-cilantro redfish, or a pork shank with chorizo-black-eyed-pea hash.
Other restaurants ending the special this weekend: Boi na Braza in Colleyville, Piccolo Mondo in Arlington, Queenie’s Steakhouse in Denton, Tillman’s Roadhouse in Fort Worth and Truluck’s in Southlake, all $35.
The new $45 price point for a few select restaurants brings in more money for Lena Pope Home.
The Fort Worth-based agency gets 20 percent of each check ($7 or $9 of a dinner or, at some restaurants, $5 from a $25 lunch).
If $45 sounds like a lot, “it gives the top restaurants a chance to show off more,” said Marilyn Sammons of the Lena Pope Home.
Diners had figured out that some expensive restaurants were skimping on servings. (Always check a menu before booking.)
For the Lena Pope Home, it’s the second largest benefit of the year. For example, every 10 dinners means a low-income family will have an extra hour of needed counseling.
“To us, this is very generous,” Sammons said. “It shows the culinary scene here is alive and well.”
The charity’s two leading restaurants are Capital Grille and Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, both offering the special through Sept. 2. Bonnell’s, Grace and Lanny’s Alta Cocina Mexicana are also near the top.
Del Frisco’s menu ($35) features something different: huckleberry cheesecake. (Full report coming.)
Bravo! chain Italian
The new Bravo! Cucina Italiana is open on South Hulen Street, and this one may stick around longer than the short-lived Arlington location.
Bravo! is a Macaroni Grill-like chain restaurant from the Ohio-based Brio chain, but the decor and quality are a half-notch better than other midprice Italian chains.
Simplest deal: the half-order of lasagna with a house creamy-Parmesan salad, $11.99 at lunch daily. Lunches start at $7.95.
Bravo! adds pizzas, flatbreads and grill items.