You weren't alone if you waited awhile to get a table during the kickoff weekend of Inlander Restaurant Week 2014. Several of this year's participating restaurants were so packed with eager diners last Friday and Saturday that some walk-in customers couldn't get tables. The obvious takeaway here is to make reservations, and if you haven't already — make them now. The second annual local culinary event continues through this Sunday, March 2. Menus from all 74 of this year's participating restaurants can be found at Inlanderrestaurantweek.com.
Looking for appetite inspiration or suggestions about where to go? We're continuing to post lots of beautiful photos on the Inlander's blog all week, along with local celebrity diners' Restaurant Week experiences, including that of state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, who ate at Santé Restaurant & Charcuterie for the first time with his wife.
"My wife and I loved our first foray into Restaurant Week, and we hope it grows," Baumgartner says. "As we left the restaurant we were talking about all the other participating restaurants we'd like to try. My only complaint is that it's in February, the same time of year I have to be away in Olympia!"
To see what others are eating or share your own food pics, use the Twitter hashtag #INRestWeek. ♦