DENVER - Denver's annual Restaurant Week kicks off Feb. 23 with 356 places offering a multi-course dinner for $52.80 for two ($26.40 for one), tax and tip not included.
The 14-day event was first launched as a way to get people to sample the dining opportunities around the area.
"Maybe it's a restaurant you typically don't go to because you don't think you can afford the entree in there. These are two weeks where you trying it out," said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.
Hancock kicked off Restaurant Week on Thursday by cooking up Bananas Foster at the Metropolitan State University of Denver Hospitality Learning Center
With 85 more restaurants taking part in 2013, this is the largest Restaurant Week event in the country, according to VISIT DENVER.
"It's number one in the nation. We out do New York, Boston -- some of the great markets in the world. So, Denver with our great chefs, they're leading the way," said Hancock.
Last year, 404,400 meals were served during the two weeks.
This year, some popular restaurants are already sold out with reservations for all 14 days, according to Richard Scharf, president and CEO of VISIT DENVER.
However, you could still get a spot at a booked up restaurant by sitting at the bar or showing up without a reservation. There are frequent cancelations, according to Scharf.
Pat Miller, The Gabby Gourmet, recommends people try the following restaurants:
Venice Ristorante & Wine Bar
1700 Wynkoop St., Denver
1575 Boulder St. Denver
Piatti Italian Restaurant & Bar
190 Saint Paul St., Denver
2134 Larimer St. Denver
1610 Little Raven St. Denver
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Restaurant Week runs Feb. 23 to Mar. 8. For more information, visit www.denverrestaurantweek.com/