It's Restaurant Week in Binghamton again and who doesn't love going out to eat? You get to relax, have someone wait on you, choose from a variety of meals that will be made for you in just minutes, and what I think is the best part, you don't have to do the dishes afterward. Some people have such tight budgets that they can't afford to go out to eat often, and that's why Restaurant Week was created. You can enjoy restaurant week either during lunch or dinner. And with each meal sold during restaurant week, a donation is made to a local charity.

Some people have such tight budgets that they can't afford to go out to eat often, and that's why Restaurant Week was created. You can enjoy restaurant week either during lunch or dinner and with each meal sold during restaurant week, a donation is made to a local charity.

Every year, my wife Chris and I look forward to the great deals during Restaurant week. Last night we went to one of our favorite places in town, The Lost Dog Cafe on Water Street. For dinner, the lost dog is offering three courses for $20 dollars. You pick an appetizer (they had five to choose from, including wine or a pint of Lost Dog Pale Ale), and then you choose your main course, of which there were four selections, and then you get choose your dessert.

Here is what I picked- homemade broccoli and cheese soup as the appetizer.

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Chicken tikka masala for the main course.

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And warm blueberry bread pudding with a blueberry caramel sauce for dessert.

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My wife and I have never had a bad meal at The Lost Dog and last nights specials were awesome as well.

The soup was out of this world and the Chicken Tikka Masala was very tasty. I almost went for the rigatoni ala vodka which I get a lot there, but I figured I would try something different, and I'm glad I did. I don't think I left a drop in the huge dish/bowl.

The came the desert! I was pretty full, but once I tasted it, I said "the hell with taking this home, I'm going to eat it now. Chris's meal was awesome as well. She let me sample everything she ordered and I let her taste mine, too.  All that awesome food, a great waitress, a great atmosphere, and a great price, you just can't beat it.

There are a lot of great restaurants taking part in Restaurant Week, you can check out the website, binghamtonrestaurantweek.com for all the restaurants and their menus.

Life is short, get out and enjoy it. One way is taking part in Binghamton's Restaurant Week.