Inlander Restaurant Week is one of my favorite weeks of the year. In fact, for the past two (now three) years, my husband and I have opted out of celebrating Valentine’s Day so that we could go to an extra restaurant during Restaurant Week. So yeah, I love it.

Why? For one, the concept is awesome: Three course meals, at a fixed price of just $18 or $28 depending on the restaurant. Plus, each year, more and more new restaurants are joining the list of participants – this year there are 97 (that’s 9-7, as in almost 100!). Awesome food at a great price? I’m in.

Here’s my official guide to Restaurant Week, but if you, too, are a seasoned Restaurant Week diner, share your process in the comments below:

Step 1 – Look at menus. To do so, either pick up the official Inlander Restaurant Week guide or visit (Warning: do NOT look at menus while you are hungry. You will regret it).

Step 2 – Choose the restaurants you want to visit. This is the hardest of all steps to execute. I like to narrow down my choices by selecting places I’ve never been, and sometimes I narrow it down even further by picking one $18 and one $28 restaurant. With so many great menus, it’s never easy. Good luck.

Step 3 – Make reservations. Restaurant Week pros know that reservations are a must during Restaurant Week. Nothing is worse than showing up to a restaurant you’re super excited to try, just to find out that you can’t get in. Restaurant phone numbers are listed in the guide and online, so no excuses! Call ahead!

Step 4 – Make a night of it. There are plenty of events, shows and things to do around the Spokane region during Restaurant Week, so why not make a night of it? I even took the liberty of making a few restaurant/event suggestions for you (you’re welcome):

Memphis at the INB Performing Arts Center: February 19-22
Dinner suggestions: Saranac Public House, Anthony’s, Luigi’s

Spokane Golf Show: February 21-22
Dinner suggestions: Spencer’s SteakhouseSante Restaurant & CharcuterieEuropa

National Geographic Live! Grizzlies, Piranhas & Man-Eating Pigs with Joel Satore: February 24
Dinner suggestions: Durkin’s Liquor Bar, The Dam Bar & Grill, Hills’ Restaurant & Lounge

Northwest Bach Festival: Starts February 24
Dinner suggestions: Wild Sage BistroItalia Trattoria

Play the slots or relax at the spa at one of the region’s casinos:
Northern Quest Resort & Casino restaurantsEPICFai’s
Coeur d’ Alene Casino Resort Hotel restaurants: Chinook Steak, Pasta & Spirits

Step 5 – Enjoy your Restaurant Week meal. I think this is pretty self-explanatory.

Step 6 – Tell your friends.  After your meal (or during, if appropriate) share on social media your great experience. Tag Inlander Restaurant Week on Facebook and Twitter, and include the hashtag #INRestWeek in your posts. Good ol’ word of mouth works great, too.

That’s it! A great Restaurant Week experience is easy, really, just follow these steps. Happy dining!