With summer winding down, we need something to cheer us up. Restaurant Week Boston always does the trick. More than 190 eateries serve up prix fixe lunches and dinners at bargain prices, which makes this a perfect time to try out a new restaurant and enjoy old favorites. What's your pleasure? Peruse the website and the menus for yummy choices like truffled ricotta ravioli (Upstairs on the Square), prosciutto-wrapped blue cod (Lucca), apple-stuffed duck breast (Grotto), and roasted white chocolate mousse (Harvest). Aug. 18-23 and 25-30 at participating restaurants in Boston and beyond. Prix fixe three-course dinners $38.13, three-course lunches $20.13, two-course lunches $15.13. Prices are per person and exclude beverages, tax and gratuity. www.bostonusa.com
Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.
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