Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 12 a.m.
Not a moment after the first ever Orange County Restaurant Week winds down (it ends this Saturday, March 7th, after a one week extension), another "Restaurant Week" waits in its wake.
Up next? Dana Point with its own Dana Point Restaurant Week
. It starts this Friday, March 6th and runs to the 15th. The deals vary from restaurant to restaurant, but just like OCRW, it's 3-courses. Prices start at $20 per person.
The list of participants is a who's who of Dana Point restaurants and includes none other than Michael Mina's Stonehill Tavern
-- one of O.C.'s best and most consistent "top of the top end" restaurants.
But before you jump for joy thinking that Michael Mina's food
can be had for $20, I should mention that Stonehill Tavern's
3-courser costs $49, which, if you can believe it, is a bargain for the place.
Even cheaper is the $40 3-course tasting menu (prepared for the whole table), which is different than the Restaurant Week prix-fixe. Normally it's 5-courses for $95. Do the math and you'll figure out that it amounts to a 30% discount per course.
To see the list of restaurants and the menus: CLICK HERE