Okay, folks, this is it: Day one of Dine About Town. Have you made those reservations? If not, you can click here to try and wriggle in at the last minute. It’s tempting to get wrapped up in the hype surrounding the prix-fixe fest that includes, for example, a $21.95 three-course lunch at Absinthe, but don’t forget, not everybody thinks Dine About Town is the best way to explore the city’s food scene.
In New York, the comparable event is called Restaurant Week, and hatred of it was the subject of a recent Gridskipper piece that listed four valid reasons to think twice before throwing too much money at the annual grub-fest. The points are pretty much universal, and should be heeded in San Francisco as much as in New York, where the event kicks off next week. But that’s not to say you shouldn’t take advantage. Just dine carefully.