Restaurant Week delivers dining deals
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
“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.
By the Docks in Middle River will be offering deals on their award-winning crab cakes.