The folks behind winter's Restaurant Week (which will happen March 1-12, 2011) have organized an autumnal incarnation, which features the usual suspects and will run from Sunday, October 24-31. Three-course meals run from $20-40; you pay for booze, tax, and tip. These days, you can search for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.
My wife and I ate at Sonny's on Friday of Restaurant Week, and enjoyed ourselves very much. It was a full house - we had to wait a little bit for the table we had reserved to open up, and the staff were definitely running. But we never felt un-attended to, and as dinner service wound up, owner Jay Villani made the rounds of the tables and said hello.
Last night I had my first (and probably my only, given my calendar's packed state of affairs) Restaurant Week experience of 2010, at David's 388 in South Portland. (This guy is tackling Restaurant Week in a much more ambitious fashion.) These were our choices...
Restaurant Week is just beginning - tonight's only the third night - but we already have a nominee for the best deal of the whole shebang. At Pepperclub diners can choose not from some sort of special tasting menu - like at most of the other restaurants (and which are great and special and good value in their own ways) - but from the regular menu.