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When it comes to being a haven for folks who revel in going out to eat, San Diego doesn't receive anywhere near the hype of New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Chicago. But the fact is that when it comes to big-city dining choices, regardless of the cuisine, San Diego packs a wallop that enables it to hang with virtually any place. And San Diego Restaurant Week, which runs though Sept. 18-23, is proof of that. Put on by the San Diego Chapter of the California Restaurant Association, diners can check out some 180 joints from all over the county for three-course dinner prix fixe menus at a cut-rate price of $20-40, depending on the restaurant.

Always wanted to dine at some spot, but nervous about the hit it might bring to the wallet? Restaurant Week just might be solution. Seeking to broaden the audience, no doubt a nod to times being tough for a whole lot of people, Restaurant Week has been expanded to include prix fixe lunches for the first time. Prices are from $10-20 , very palatable indeed, though not all eateries are offering lunch. Unlike a lot of events, no tickets, wrist bands, coupons or anything else are required. Simply show up at your restaurant of choice, though given that an estimated 140,000-plus folks cashed in January's rendition, reservations are a grand idea.

All participating restaurants, including their menus, locations, phone numbers and the opportunity to make reservations can be found at sandiegorestaurantweek.com. Final thought: There is a charitable aspect to Restaurant Week as well. Five cents per transaction, up to $5,000, will be donated to the California Restaurant Association Education Foundation each time an American Express card is used at a restaurant. The money will bring aprons and coats to San Diego Unified School District culinary students, help supply and build organic gardens at local schools and other endeavors.

 
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