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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Restaurant Week (West) Kicks Off

REGIONAL

Even if you don't live in the city, you can still take advantage of
Restaurant Week 2006, which kicked off on Monday.

(For the uninitiated -- you can get a 3-course prix fixe lunch for $20.06 or dinner for $30.06 at participating eateries on Aug. 13-18 and Aug. 20-25.)

In honor of the occasion, we decided to make our first-ever visit to Fava in Needham Center Tuesday night. We weren't the only ones -- nearly every table was full.

Chef/Owner Jeff Kaye assembled a pre-set menu with four entree courses -- hangar steak, free-range chicken breast, arctic char and swordfish. Around 9 p.m. he took a break from the kitchen, and chatted with diners.

The bump in business is welcome during such a traditionally moribund month, he said. ``I'll take it,'' he said. ``Sometimes in August, it's so slow you could use this place as a bowling alley.''

Other west suburban places participating in RW include Lumiere, Ariadne and Le Soir in Newton, The Elephant Walk in Waltham, and Truffles Wine Bar in Milford.

For a full list of all 100-plus participants and more information about reservations, click here or here

Some tips: Make reservations early, because desirable restaurants fill up quickly. Tax, wine and tip cost extra.

- Erica Noonan

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