As the sweltering summer heat continues to linger, finding the motivation to venture out unless it involves an exciting vacation or event isn’t necessarily easy. If life has you tied to the day to day routine in Raleigh with no vacation in sight, then perhaps downtown’s second annual summer restaurant week beginning Monday, August 23 through Sunday, August 29 will add a little spice to your agenda.

More than 25 of downtown’s most popular restaurants are cultivating creative three-course prix fixe menus priced at $20 and $30 (excluding beverages, taxes, and tip) for the special seven-day food fest.

Satisfy your appetite with Spanish cuisine one evening at Tasca Brava, make it Italian the next night at 518 West or La Volta, head over to Jibarra for some Mexican flair, and eat like a Cajun king at The Big Easy later in the week.  The choice is yours, and there are many more worldly flavors from which to sample.

Downtown Lebanese favorite, Sitti ($20 & $30 prix fixe) is involved, as is global street food-inspired Buku ($30 prix fixe).  Asian cuisine is also on the list from Five Star ($20 prix fixe), The Duck and Dumpling ($20 & $30 prix fixe) and Sono.  American Continental fare from stalwart downtown spots 18 Seaboard ($20 prix fixe) and Poole’s Diner ($30 prix fixe) are also in the mix.  

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