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Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Honors Year 2013

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Filling restaurant tables in January can be a daunting task.

So Pittsburgh area restaurants are lowering some of their prices, but it's just for one week. Pittsburgh Restaurant Week continues through Sunday, Jan. 20.

The Original Fish Market in Downtown Pittsburgh is offering a Pittsburgh Week lunch special to honor the year 2013.

"It's three courses for $20.13 for lunch," says Assistant General Manager Pat Lisantis.

He says it's a good time for culinary exploration.

"You're used to the same restaurants you always go to," said Lisantis. "With Restaurant Week, it showcases all the restaurants that participate - to come out and try something different. And you may find out that you like it."

Marty's Market on Smallman Street opened its doors six months ago.

"We're both a food market and a cafe or coffee house," says owner Regina Koetters. "That way we can really feature the ingredients that we're selling."

Dishes are created from food grown in Western Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh Week special: two sandwiches and two soups for a total price of $20.13.

"Every great city has great food and great art, and Pittsburgh has both," Koetters says. "And this week is a time to showcase what's great about our food scene."

Pittsburgh Restaurant Week grew out of a blog by web developer Brian McCollum.

"I asked the restaurants to please use a three-course fixed price, or something for $20.13," he says. "And they liked that flexibility, being able to play with their own menu."

Diners might want to get these deals when they're available because next year those prices will go up to $20.14!

Fifty-seven local restaurants are participating in Restaurant Week.

The full list can be found on the Restaurant Week website here.

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