If you've already accepted that San Diego Restaurant Week is going to trample your resolution to eat healthy this year, change your outlook. Look at Restaurant Week as an opportunity to keep your resolutions to broaden your horizons and try new things. Oh, you didn't make those? Well, make them now. Then create a profile on SanDiegoRestaurantWeek.com to build a "favorites" list from the over 180 participating restaurants.
You have eight days (from January 17 - 24) to branch out from your local spots and get a taste of the wide variety San Diego restaurants offer. Here are some picks to get you started.
Bali Hai, Shelter Island
If you've never visited this San Diego landmark and tiki temple, rectify that. They're offering $15 lunch and $30 dinner menus that highlight their Chinese, Japanese and Hawaiian-influenced dishes.
Solare Ristorante, Point Loma
This chic and cozy lounge is a block from NTC Park (strolling after a meal is good for digestion, you know). Their $20 lunch and $40 dinner menus highlight southern Italian cuisine, which is heavy on pasta, pizza and seafood.
The Marine Room, La Jolla
At La Jolla's Marine Room, the ocean views almost beat the French and seafood dishes...almost. The $50 dinner menu features wild prawns, steelhead salmon, filet mignon and lemon verbena roasted Maine lobster tail.
Del Mar Rendezvous, Del Mar
Head a little north to sample modern Chinese and Asian fusion at Del Mar Rendezvous. They aren't pulling any punches for Restaurant Week-the full menu is available for $15 and $30 lunches or $20, $30, $40 and $50 dinners.
Argyle Steakhouse, Carlsbad
Located in the Park Hyatt Aviara, Argyle Steakhouse promises an elegant experience with impeccable service. Their $50 dinner menu offers an excuse to indulge in Wild California Sablefish, Filet Mignon or Hanger Steak.
Brooklyn Girl, Mission Hills
Brooklyn Girl's contemporary cuisine is infused with fresh, local, artisan ingredients. Get a $30 dinner of a wood-oven pizza or free-range chicken, and definitely try a cocktail.
Bleu Boheme, Kensington
The $40 dinner menu at Bleu Boheme will transport you to Paris. Be brave and try the "old school" escargots. And good luck deciding between the Entrecôte de Porc or Boeuf Bourgignon.
Wherever you go during Restaurant Week, don't forget to share photos of your food (and make your friends jealous). When you do, tag the restaurant and add #Food4Kids. Sysco will donate $1 to the San Diego Food Bank's Food 4 Kids Backpack Program for every #Food4Kids post during Restaurant Week. The program provides weekend food packages to children from low-income households-get more information at sandiegofoodbank.org
One last tip-once you create a profile at SanDiegoRestaurantWeek.com, you can make reservations online. As any Restaurant Week veteran will tell you, those are key to actually getting a meal and enjoying the deals at many locations.