Want an excuse to go back to a favorite restaurant? Or, maybe there's another restaurant you've been wanting to try out? With the latest Baltimore Restaurant Week upon us, you'll have your chance with tons of locations near 520 Park and all around the city! As you may recall from last summer, the idea for Baltimore's twice-annual Restaurant Week started back in 1992 in New York City, thought up by successful restauranteur Joe Baum and Tim Zagat of Zagat Survey/Ratings fame. Since that time, however, the concept of Restaurant Week has spread across the country, to cities and states which participate in their own versions, much like Baltimore City and its surrounding counties. While the events vary from place to place, the general concept is that local restaurants partner with local business organizations or chambers of commerce to promote a week of lunch and dinner specials. Restaurants offer reduced prices for a prix fixe menu, the idea being that what they lose in check averages they gain in sales volume and exposure to new customers. Baltimore's latest Restaurant Week is part of a larger campaign called "Absolutely Febulous," (a play on February, not a typo) which goes beyond dining to include special deals on attractions, museums, and hotels. It will run until February 28th, featuring prix-fixe, 3-course dinners for $20 or $30 (per person, not including drinks, tax, and tip) and 2-course lunches for $15. And, there are 79 restaurants to choose from! Just a few tips, make reservations to secure your preferred date and time and be aware that promotions and menus vary. When calling for a reservation, confirm the Restaurant Week promotion pricing and details. Click here for a list of participating locations, plus links for menus, reservations, ratings, maps and phone numbers. Now, get out and enjoy a meal at your favorite restaurant or explore some new ones. Bon appetit!