BALTIMORE COUNTY — A sixteen day delight for the senses begins Friday, as Baltimore County Restaurant Week boasts approximately 60 vendors throughout the area that will offer prix fixe menus from ranging from $15 to $35.
Dundalk and the surrounding neighborhoods are not showing out with their typical gastronomic gusto, as only a handful of local restaurants are participating in the event.
January and August are typically the slowest months of the year for restaurants, and the county’s Office of Tourism and Promotion is happy to hold the multi-week event for both locals and hungry folks visiting the area. This year, Dock of the Bay on Cuckold Drive in Sparrow’s Point is participating, and has crab cakes and steak on the menu. Locals will enjoy a beautiful wintertime view of the Chesapeake Bay and some familiar items on the prix fixe menu.
Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, a truly famous local joint on Holabird Avenue, are known for their signature crab cakes.
Costas Inn, will be offering seafood based selections, and great deals that'll be easy on the pockets
Dock of the Bay, located at 9025 Cuckold Point Road in Sparrows Point, specializes in seafood and will be offering deals on their signature items, while guest can enjoy a view of the Chesapeake Bay.
This year, Crossroads Bistro and Food Truck in Edgemere will be one of the dozens of eateries participating, which has county Tourism Director Majorie Hampson excited.
“It really is a fantastic opportunity,” said Hampson. Restaurants pay a “nominal” registration fee of less than $300, for which the county official says they are rewarded with more than $25,000 of advertising through print media, radio, television and mobile applications for smart phones.
“According to restauranteurs, this is one of the slowest times of the year. But for Restaurant Week, we’re up to 60 [participants] now. They all start coming, hustling and bustling in at the last minute.”
Hampson said in a Tuesday interview with editorial staff that she was “so excited” for Crossroads Bistro. “They called me this morning,” she said.
“It’s a great time. It’s a win for the restaurants and their staffs, most importantly. But it’s also a win for the patrons, and it’s a win for the taxman. He makes a little bit on the side. it’s a win all the way around.”
Hampson lamented that more Dundalk restauranteurs don’t participate in the event, but perked up as she encouraged both longtime residents and newcomers to the area to take advantage of excellent prices for favorite area dishes.
“I think it’s a great time to try a new restaurant, because you’re going to get a great meal at a great deal,” she said Tuesday. “It may become one of your new favorites. It’s a great time to try that restaurant you’ve been wanting to try.”
Last year, five Dundalk restaurants participated in Restaurant Week, and it’s unclear why there are less vendors signed up for the winter boon.
Summer Restaurant Week is always held in August, and Hampson hopes there will be more Dundalk restaurants on board.
Squire’s Italian Restaurant, at 1715 Holabird Ave, Baltimore MD 21222, already has plans to participate later in the year.
For more information on Restaurant Week and the restaurants participating, visit www.baltimorecountyrestaurantweek.com.