Take part in the Zagat survey of local restaurants
Zagat makes it well worth your while to participate in the voting for the local restaurants to be included in the 2011 guide. The survey is going on at Zagat.com from now until Feb. 21.
If you register and complete the survey, you get one of the following:
* The Washington DC/Baltimore Restaurants 2011 guide
* A 90-day subscription to Zagat.com
* An entry into the $500 Night On The Town Sweepstakes ...
By participating in the nightlife survey, you're entitled to a 90-day subscription to Zagat.com.
"I was able to include more places on the list this time," Editor Marty Katz wrote me, "and tried to be very up to date with openings, previously overlooked spots and stay current with new, hot openings and discoveries. Plus people can write in places I didn't list."
As an aside, Marty's been following our discussion of Restaurant Week, and he passed along this tidbit, which was on the Zagat Web site. It may explain the origins of the promotion nationally:
Back in 1992, Tim Zagat and renowned restaurateur Joe Baum conceived of enlisting top Manhattan restaurants to offer $19.92 lunches as a promotion while the Democratic National Convention was in town. NYC's popular Restaurant Week was born. Given the success, cities around the nation gradually started their own versions of the promotion.
My question is still: Has Restaurant Week outlived its usefulness to both restaurants and customers? Or not?
(Algerina Perna/Sun photographer)