Here we go! My bi-annual listing of regional restaurant weeks being held in Northern Virginia, Center City Philadelphia, Washington DC, Maryland(Baltimore and surrounding counties) and the Big Apple, New York City. The list below is set up chronologically with links to their 2017 Winter Restaurant Week websites. Prices and deals vary at each location.
Just as you have made your New Year’s resolution to take off, work off the holiday indulgences here I am pushing food with the upcoming regional winter restaurant weeks. Winter Restaurant Week kicks off with Baltimore City’s January 13th. The restaurants are just starting to pop up their menus. Baltimore City’s Restaurant Week has Sotto Sopra Restaurant proffering their large and diverse Italian menu. Check out their cioppino, just recognized by the Food Network as one of the top cioppino outside of San Francisco.
Let me highlight the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott Apropoe’s Restaurant Week 2 course $20 lunch, which by happenstance, I enjoyed earlier this year as they kicked off their fall/winter menu. Be sure to check out the slideshow.
Winter Restaurant Week – 2-Course Lunch $20
First Course / Choose of:
Smoked Corn and Crab Chowder – smoked corn, house made oyster crackers
Apropoe’s Leaf Greens (gf) – baby lettuce, sunflower sprouts, firefly farm goat cheese, radishes, homemade pickled red onions, Kalamata olives. (ranch/ blue cheese/ lemon vinaigrette/olive oil & balsamic)
Second Course / Choice of:
Grilled Basil Marinated Shrimp (gf) – stone grits, carrots, fennel, mushrooms
House Made Cauliflower Ravioli (gf) – roasted eggplant & caramelized onion, tomato coulis, olive oil
Apropoe’s Roasted Chicken Breast (gf) – roasted fingerling potato hash, carrots chicken jus
If you are looking to take advantage of Baltimore County’s Restaurant Week that starts January 20th may I suggest the Hunt Valley Inn’s Cinnamon Tree Restaurant? A recent meal with a friend, side-by-side, in a banquette on a cozy night reminded me that sometimes hotel dining can be a lovely indulgence. They have not posted their restaurant week menu as yet, but if you go at any time, do try their calamari and their osso bucco, which in reality is veal cheeks, not the shank; tender, fall off the fork tender.
2017 Winter Restaurant Weeks- New York, Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, Philadelphia
Price Range 2 course lunch $15 to 20 and 3 course dinner under and up to $35
Lunch $16 Dinner $36
Lunch 2 Courses $20 Dinner 3 Courses $38
Brunch, Lunch and Dinner from $15 to $35
3 course dinner $35 and 3 course lunch for $20
Menus ranging from $10 to $45
$22 lunch and Brunch and $35 Dinner
Breakfast starting $12.95 Lunch 2 course$15.95 and Dinner 3 Course up to $34.85
$15 to $40
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