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Fall Restaurant Week ends Sunday

(Oct. 24, 2014) Diners have a few days left to take advantage of specials during Ocean City’s fall Restaurant Week, which wraps this Sunday.

Chef Jim Lewis cooks up Short Ribs at The Hobbit Restaurant on 81 Street. (Kara Hallissey | Ocean City Today)

The fixed-price menus of $10, $20, $30 or $40 are available at more than 20 restaurants around town and, new this year, there are “good deals” on already-low shoulder season prices.

“We already have a lot of restaurants that give great offseason deals,” said Susan Jones, executive director of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association, which organizes the annual event. “We thought we would just combine the two for fall Restaurant Week.”

The two-week special is designed to draw diners through the doors when business slows and has been doing just that at The Hobbit Restaurant, on 81st Street, since it started Oct. 12.

“It’s been really well received,” General Manager Garvey Heiderman said of the specials. “You can just tell a drastic difference between the week before Restaurant Week and the week of Restaurant Week.”

The upscale eatery will dish up its three-course menu for $30 through Saturday, when The Hobbit closes for the season. Diners can choose from dishes served only during the special, including appetizers such as beef and pork tenderloin tip Hawaiian-style meatballs, served over pineapple avocado salsa; salads including the Asian honey sesame salad, complete with Asian pears, daikon radishes and sesame-orange dressing; and entrees including grilled swordfish, prepared with smoked salt and served over sweet wasabi mashed potatoes.

In addition to its Restaurant Week-only dishes, The Hobbit also serves diners’ favorites, like its cracked mustard pork chop, as part of the special.

“We wanted to use a lot of menu choices that were actually on our menu,” Heiderman said. “It gives people a great chance to come in, experience us without investing a lot of money, and see if it’s worth coming back.”

And those who do might see some of the most popular Restaurant Week items on next season’s menu, he added.

On 49th Street, Seacrets has rejoined Restaurant Week, providing half-price entrees during dinner throughout the special. From its certified angus steaks to fresh fish and crabs and slow-roasted ribs, the restaurant serves its full portions on the discounted menu, Head Chef DJ Shirk said.

“It’s going pretty well,” he said. “We always see a little bit of a spike in people coming out and just trying to see what’s good during Restaurant Week.”

Jones brought the idea for Restaurant Week back from a travel summit on the western shore in 2007, she said.

“We brought the idea back to our board and they loved it,” she said. “It’s just great deals on great food.”

Alcohol, tax and gratuity are not included in Restaurant Week’s fixed menu prices.

Participating restaurants will still have their regular, full-price menus available during the special.

For participating restaurants’ menus and prices, visit www.oceancityrestaurantweek.com.


Participating Restaurants:

  • BJ’s on the Water, 75th Street
  • The Blue Ox Bar & Grill, 127th Street
  • Captain’s Galley II, Harbor Road, West Ocean City
  • Captain’s Table, 15th Street, in the Courtyard by Marriott
  • Crab Alley, Golf Course Road, West Ocean City
  • Crab Bag, 130th Street
  • DaVinci’s By the Sea, 15th Street on the Boardwalk
  • Duffy’s Tavern, 129th Street
  • Galaxy 66 Bar & Grille, 66th Street
  • Happy Jack Pancake House, 25th Street
  • Hemmingway’s at The Coral Reef, 17th Street, in the Holiday Inn & Suites
  • Horizons Oceanfront Restaurant, 101st Street, in the Clarion Resort Hotel
  • The Hobbit Restaurant, 81st Street, in the Rivendell Condos
  • Jules Restaurant, 118th Street, in the Food Lion Shopping Center
  • Layton’s on 92nd, 92nd Street
  • Longboard Café, 67th Street
  • OC Brewing Company, 55th Street
  • The Original Greene Turtle, 116th Street
  • Peaky’s Rooftop, 138th Street, in the Fenwick Inn
  • Seacrets, 49th Street
  • The Shark on the Harbor, Sunset Avenue, West Ocean City
  • Touch of Italy, 66th Street
  • Victorian Room, 28th Street, in the Dunes Manor Hotel

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