Restau­rant Week de­liv­ers din­ing deals

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By: NI­COLE RODMAN AND GIANNA DECARLO nrod­man@ches­pub.com, gde­carlo@ches­pub.com

Food­ies re­joice! Bal­ti­more County Restau­rant Week is back.

From Fri­day, Aug. 4, through Satur­day, Aug. 19 (tech­ni­cally just over two weeks, but who’s count­ing?), par­tic­i­pat­ing county restau­rants will of­fer se­lect price-fixed brunches, lunches and dinners rang­ing from $15 to $35.

Is­land View Wa­ter­front Cafe, lo­cated on Is­land View Rd. in Es­sex, has par­tic­i­pated in the culi­nary event for years and is ready for the

hun­gry masses.

“It’s al­ways been re­ally great for us,” said Jes­sica Laing,

one of the man­agers at Is­land View. “It re­ally helps us reach out into an­other mar­ket and get peo­ple who have never been here be­fore into the door.”

She said that Restau­rant Week in­spires peo­ple to eat out­side of their com­fort zones, try­ing new places and new dishes that they would’ve missed out on oth­er­wise.

“Every­body has those places they al­ways go to, but this mo­ti­vates them to maybe drive a lit­tle out of their way and go some­where else be­cause of the deals that are be­ing of­fered.”

Is­land View Wa­ter­front Cafe will be of­fer­ing a va­ri­ety of op­tions such as a soft crab plat­ter, salmon pesto pasta, and their pop­u­lar grilled tuna tacos. For the first time, this year they will of­fer a spe­cial price fixed break­fast, a first for Bal­ti­more County Restau­rant Week, fea­tur­ing hand­made omelettes with all the fix­ings.

Laing, who is a third gen­er­a­tion owner of the fam­ily-run es­tab­lish­ment, said she is also ex­cited for the new cus­tomers to try some of their most pop­u­lar dishes, like the crab soup which is made with a 50-year-old recipe, and cod­dies, a salted cod­fish cake made with potato that is a now dif­fi­cult to find Bal­ti­more fa­vorite.

Other par­tic­i­pat­ing lo­cal busi­nesses in­clude River­watch Res­tu­rant on Nan­ti­coke Rd. in Es­sex, By the Docks on Eastern Blvd. in Mid­dle River, The Harp in Not­ting­ham, Lib’s Grill and Con­rad’s Seafood in Perry Hall, and The Bow­man Res­tu­rant and McFaul’s Iron-Horse Tav­ern in Parkville.

By the Docks will be serv­ing up four cour­ses for $35.17 with choices like their New York A La Ch­e­sa­peake, a 16 oz. NY strip topped with crab­meat and mush­rooms, and their Seafood Car­ni­val, a half Maine lob­ster topped with shrimp, scallops, mus­sels, and clams.

With three prices rang­ing from $18.17 to $28.17, The Harp will be of­fer­ing en­trees like their fa­mous Reuben sand­wich and ‘Grandma’s Meat­loaf’ along­side a starter and desserts like a choco­late vol­cano cake.

Bal­ti­more County Restau­rant Week runs each year in Jan­uary and Au­gust, which tend to be slower times of year for restau­rants.

The pro­mo­tion, now in its seventh year, is or­ga­nized by the Bal­ti­more County Of­fice of Tourism and Pro­mo­tion and the Bal­ti­more County Cham­ber of Com­merce, with spon­sors in­clud­ing Res­tau­ran­tRep­u­ta­tions.com, Bond Dis­tribut­ing Co. and Sysco.

The aim of the week, noted Of­fice of Tourism and Pro­mo­tion di­rec­tor Marjorie Hamp­son said last year, is to boost restau­rant busi­ness across the county.

“Restau­rants are big busi­ness in Bal­ti­more County,” she ex­plained.

The restau­rant in­dus­try is a ma­jor eco­nomic driver in Bal­ti­more County. In Fis­cal Year 2015, ac­cord­ing to the Restau­rant As­so­ci­a­tion of Mary­land, restau­rants brought in $1.5 bil­lion and em­ployed 26,358 peo­ple across the county.

“Food­ies and pa­trons alike look for­ward to Restau­rant

Week– it’s a great time for them to ex­pe­ri­ence places they’ve been mean­ing to try at a big sav­ings,” stated Bal­ti­more County Ex­ec­u­tive Kevin Kamenetz. “I en­cour­age every­one to ex­pe­ri­ence the many di­verse cuisines in the County and sup­port the lo­cal restau­rant in­dus­try.”

Dur­ing this year’s Bal­ti­more County Restau­rant Week, at least 61 restau­rants will par­tic­i­pate. For their $295 (Cham­ber and Restau­rant Rep­u­ta­tions mem­bers pay $175), eater­ies re­ceive ad­ver­tis­ing in me­dia, in­clud­ing the web, tv, print and ra­dio sta­tions. Par­tic­i­pat­ing restau­rants also re­ceive printed ma­te­ri­als and posters.

Now is the time to take ad­van­tage of some fine din­ing deals, while they last. For more in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing a com­plete list of restau­rants and menus, visit www.bal­ti­more­coun­tyrestau­rantweek.com.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF BY THE DOCKS SEAFOOD RESTAU­RANT.

By the Docks in Mid­dle River will be of­fer­ing deals on their award-win­ning crab cakes.

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