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Good eats fund a good cause at Las Vegas Restaurant Week

August 18, 2011|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • Chef Kim Canteenwalla of Society Cafe at Encore prepares a lunch during Las Vegas Restaurant Week 2010. The restaurant will participate this year as well.
Chef Kim Canteenwalla of Society Cafe at Encore prepares a lunch during… (Courtesy of Three Square…)

Las Vegas kicks off its restaurant week at the end of August with an added bonus: Part of the proceeds will go to a local food bank that feeds the needy in southernNevada.

The deal: Restaurant weeks with special fixed-price menus have become a fixture in cities nationwide. More than 80 restaurants are participating in Las Vegas Restaurant Week 2011. I suggest perusing the list to see what fixed-price menus will work for you. Prices range from $20.11, $30.11 and $50.11 per person for multi-course meals. And you can sort restaurants by how much they will donate to the nonprofit Three Square Food Bank.

When: Restaurant "week" actually starts Aug. 29 and ends Sept. 11.

Tested: I went to the restaurant list and checked out the $20.11 lunch at  BLT Burger in the Mirage Hotel & Casino. Lunch starts with garlic string fries and a soft drink; BLT, turkey and lamb sliders for the second course; and a s'more cupcake for dessert. Looking at similar menu items, this lunch might usually cost $30.

Rick Moonen's RM Seafood restaurant in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino offers a three-course dinner for $50.11 per person. The special  menu comes with lots of options, including vegetarian ones. You could choose a  jumbo lump crab cake for first course, roasted shrimp second course and Key lime pie for dessert, all of which usually would cost about $65.

Still want to do more? Volunteer to help sort and repackage food, assemble BackPack for Kids food packs and more at Three Square.

Info: Las Vegas Restaurant Week 2011

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