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It’s that time of year again: Affordable, multicourse meals at over 45 Seattle area restaurants are finally back from March 5–23, only Sundays through Thursdays.

The biannual Dine Around Seattle will again offer prix fixe, three-course menus at $22, $33, and $44, with some lunch offerings running as low as $18. Quite the range. This flex pricing debuted during November's run, deviating from the "old appetizer/entree/
-dessert straitjacket,"
 which allowed for more freedom all around. Go for a house cocktail to start your meal rather than an appetizer, for example.

Some restaurants, like the recently opened Circadia, will have two dinner menus, one set at $22, the other $44. The latter includes a Wagyu beef bavette with butter poached, 14-hour parsnip, bone marrow emulsion, and parsley puree, plus a hearty starter and glass of wine. Dine Around Seattle also offers happy hour–centric fare (see: ChinaPie, which will offer a gin-based julep, small bites like chicken pho soup dumplings, and pizza, one with caramel fish sauce). 

For more inspiration, perhaps see yourself to Seattle Met's 100 Very Best Restaurants.

This season, Dine Around Seattle continues to focus on bringing the luxury of multicourse dining to a wider, younger audience, along with highlighting locally owned establishments who specialize in locally sourced food. Now the budget-conscious millennial locavore in your life finally has an excuse to ask you to dinner.

Oh, one last thing. Do make reservations, and every one made through dinearoundseattle.org is a donation for Rainier Valley Food Bank. Dine out, give back, everyone wins.

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