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Sunshine, blue skies: Regional summer restaurant weeks

Restaurant Weeks - Mid Atlantic: Sotto Sopra, Milton Inn, The Food Market, Baldwin Station, Langermanns
Restaurant Weeks - Mid Atlantic: Sotto Sopra, Milton Inn, The Food Market, Baldwin Station, Langermanns
photographs by Dara Bunjon©

Doesn’t it seem we just finished up with Winter Restaurant Weeks? Time flies on a full tummy. Summer months mean restaurant deals from Northern Virginia through to New York City. If you are traveling to any metropolitan city in the United States there is a good chance there will be discounted restaurant week offerings or possibly and taste of the city, i.e. Cambridge Maryland just had the Taste of Cambridge.

The birth of restaurant week started in New York City in 1992 it was a lunch promotion only and the pricing for a prix fixe lunch was $19.92 and pricing continued to increase for each year. Dinner was introduced along with the lunches and it kept the last two digits of the year. Dinner could be 3 courses for 30.14 (i.e. 2014). The concept of discounted prix fixe lunches and dinners is still offered but pricing is all over the boards for some cities and others are regulated.

As in years past, a number of restaurants don’t even have their restaurant week menus posted on the city’s Restaurant Week site or linked to their own website with their offerings, some have missed putting prices. All in all, it is still a great promotion benefiting you the consumer with the ability to try a new restaurant or a favorite at a discounted price and for the restaurants, sparking increased reservations during the summer doldrums.

Get your calendars out and make your reservations now:

July 21 to August 4 – Howard County, Maryland Restaurant Week – Prices and promotions vary. A great opportunity to try the new Highland Inn.

July 21 to August 15 – New York City - If you are an American Express Card holder there are additional rebates available for you. Three course lunch $25 and dinner $38

August 1 to August 10 – Baltimore City – Two course lunch is $15 and three course dinner $20 or $30. Recently opened restaurants in Baltimore that are participating are Hampden’s Le Garage and Chef Bryan Voltaggio’s Aggio. Talking Italian, Sotto Sopra Restaurant always has a large and tasty selection of Italian with Maryland inspiration.

August 8 to August 24 – Baltimore County, Maryland Each restaurant has its own deal. An Pointin Stil offers a 3 course Irish Dinner and a Chef’s Choice Dinner, not so Irish. Café Troia is only doing the first week. Herb and Soul features its BBQ menu on Tuesday Night and its Burger Night menu on Wednesday during restaurant week. The Howard County Highland Inn is carrying on its Restaurant Week menu throughout Baltimore County’s Restaurant Week. Again the pricing is up to the restaurant and different at each restaurant.

August 11 to August 17 – Washington DC, MD & VA They are sticking to the original plan, three course lunch $20.14 and three course dinner $35.14. Visit the DC standard Old Ebbitt Grill or Celebrity Chef Mike Isabella’s Graffiato.

August 17 to August 25 – Carroll County, MD Pricing and menus are assorted. Baldwin Station participates both in Carroll County and Howard County’s Restaurant weeks.

September 7 to September 12 and September 14 to September 19th – Center City Philadelphia The pricing is a 3 course lunch at $20 and 3 course dinner $30.

Ocean City Maryland typically holds their restaurant week in October – pricing and restaurants are not listed as yet.