Binghamton Restaurant Week began yesterday and runs through March 21st.  Many restaurants around the city are participating.  Diners can get a three-course lunch for $10 and a three-course dinner for $25 or less.

My wife and I were fortunate to start the week with dinner last night at Lost Dog Cafe, 222 Water Street in Binghamton.  Obviously, we weren't the only ones interested in dining there as they had a full house with people of all ages.

We thoroughly enjoyed the evening.  The Lost Dog has been a popular establishment for lunch and dinner for years and after our meal last night it is is to see why.  In spite of a capacity crowd on hand the service was excellent.  Our server, Holly, could not have been nicer and  provided us with details on the specials being offered for Restaurant Week and gave us insight into the various items from which we could choose..

I started things off with the Sugarcane Shrimp Cocktail.  The shrimp were good but what really set things off  was the mango horseradish sauce.  It offers a wonderfully unique flavor and is a great way to start your meal.  My wife Beth enjoyed the Berry Baked Brie (and I enjoyed a sampling of hers as well !)  With toasted almonds, berry melba and crackers we found it to be a delightful way to begin the dining experience.

For the main course I ordered the Potato Encrusted Cod.  The cod was sprinkled with a lemon horseradish sauce and came with wild rice and roasted asparagus.  Beth had the Bistec Espagna...roasted strip loin cooked to perfection.  Accompanied by sweet Spanish piquillo peppers and capers over mashed potatoes, the combination provided a wonderful main course.

To top off what was already a wonderful meal it was dessert time.  Beth chose the Tres Leches Cake ( 3 milks cake) which was superb. Being a chocolate lover I selected the Lost Dog's Flourless Chocolate Torte, a delicious chocolate delight.  Either choice is a home run as both were excellent.

We ended our meal with a cup of coffee.  In all it made for a very enjoyable evening.  The atmosphere was pleasant and despite a good crowd we did not have a long wait for any part of our orders.  I would highly recommend a visit during Restaurant Week or anytime. As we were leaving we both agreed we've got to come back to the Lost Dog Cafe soon.  We were still talking about it after the drive home.  What a great way to celebrate an evening.