(May 9, 2014) Restaurant Week is in full swing in Ocean City as two dozen resort eateries are dishing up $10, $20, $30 and $40 deals for diners.
Participating businesses offer special, fixed-price menus during the two-week event, which started last week and runs through Sunday, May 18.
“It’s a win-win for diners and the restaurants,” said Susan Jones, executive director of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association. “The whole premise of the promotion is to encourage diners to go out at a time that’s not too busy around here to stir up business, and at the same time, provide diners with deals.”
Restaurant Week helps “bring in new faces and show them what we’re all about,” said Executive Chef Travis Wright, of West Ocean City’s Shark on the Harbor restaurant. For him, that’s bringing in local produce and off-the-dock seafood to inspire an ever-changing menu.
Sunday through Thursday during dinner, diners came come to Shark on the Harbor for a “three-for-30” Restaurant Week special, where they get three courses for $30. Though the menu shifts based on the day’s catch, spring is soft crab and scallop season. Diners can also expect to see spring peas, leafy greens and asparagus, Wright said.
Restaurant Week is “most definitely” a boost to business in the early stretch of the summer season, Jones said.
“Typically the restaurants that create the most interesting menus are the ones who do the best — and the ones who offer the best deals,” she said.
Chef and Owner of Jules Restaurant on 118th Street Adam Sander has been taking part in Restaurant Week since its inception and creates an exceptional menu for the event each year.
His three-for-30 dinner menu this time includes appetizers like “Almond Joy” shrimp encrusted in toasted almonds and topped with a coconut cream sauce and New Zealand lamb pops alongside entrees such as shrimp scamp, fillet mignon and crab cakes.
Jules will offer the Restaurant Week menu every night, with a “bonus bite” for early birds, who will get a complimentary glass of wine with their meals if they are seated before 6 p.m.
On Mother’s Day, May 11, the restaurant will open early at 1 p.m. and offer its Restaurant Week menu all day long. Moms get a free glass of wine with the meal.
“Its one of the best weeks of the year,” Sander said. “We love it. We’ve been proud to help support them since the beginning.”
Restaurants will still have their regular menus during Restaurant Week for those who don’t want to order off the special menu.
Diners should note that alcohol, tax and gratuity are not included in the fixed-price deals.
Visit www.oceancityrestauant-week.com for a list of restaurants participating in Restaurant Week and their menus for the event.
32 Palm, 32nd Street, inside the Hilton Suites
BJ’s on the Water, 75th Street
Bayside Skillet, 77th Street
BLU Crabhouse & Rawbar, 23rd Street
The Blue Ox Bar & Grill, 127th Street
Captain’s Table, 15th Street
Crab Alley, Sunset Avenue, West Ocean City
Galaxy 66, 66th Street
Goolee’s Grille, Second Street
Hemingway’s at The Coral Reef, 17th Street, inside the Holiday Inn
Horizon’s Oceanfront Restaurant, 101st Street, inside the Clarion Resort Hotel
J/R’s Ribs, 62nd Street/131st Street
Jules Restaurant, 118th Street
Ky West, 54th Street
Longboard Café, 67th Street
Nick’s Original House of Ribs, 144th Street
Peaky’s Rooftop, 138th Street
Phillips Crab House, 20th Street
Phillips Seafood House, 141st Street
Seacrets, 49th Street
The Hobbit Restaurant, 81st Street
Shark on the Harbor, Sunset Avenue, West Ocean City
Victorian Room, 28th Street, inside the Dunes Manor Hotel