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Let Your Taste Buds Explore During Restaurant Weeks

Special events in Macomb County, Detroit and Royal Oak give diners an incentive to travel to test and taste.

Do you have a favorite restaurant you are willing to spend a few more minutes in the car to get to? Is there a new eatery in another town you've been wanting to try?

Several Metro Detroit communities are offering "restaurant weeks" in an attempt to get more diners – new and regulars – into their dining rooms.

Restaurant weeks started in New York City in the '90s, but have really gained in popularity in Metro Detroit in the last few years.

ended Feb. 10, but there are several others coming up.

is this week, April 16-20, with about a dozen restaurants in a handful of Macomb County communities offering daily lunch and dinner specials to show off each restaurant's best.

Detroit Restaurant Week kicks off next week – so popular its the sixth occasion in fewer than three years – running April 20-29. More than 20 restaurants in the city will offer special three-course menus for a fixed price.

Royal Oak's Restaurant Week returns for 10 days April 27-May 6, growing to two dozen participants this time. Fixed-price lunch and dinner offerings will range from $15-$35 and a variety of cuisine, from Tex-Mex and Belgian to Middle Eastern and American.

For all local restaurant weeks, no tickets or passes are necessary, but reservations are encouraged.

Of course, one could argue every week is restaurant week in our community, which has a great offering of places to dine (check the Food & Dining listings in Clawson Patch business directory).

Have you taken advantage of a restaurant week deal in the last year? What is your favorite dining out spot around?

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