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OC’s annual Restaurant Week runs through Sunday, Oct. 27

(Oct. 18, 2013) Ocean City restaurants will offer off-menu dishes at discounted prices all week as the fifth annual restaurant week continues today through Sunday, Oct. 27.

Though the promotional event is dubbed Restaurant Week, it is actually a two-week event that started Oct. 13. Around 20 restaurants are offering menus designed specifically for the special at fixed prices of $10, $20, $30 or $40, from casual to fine dining.

“It is a great way to support dining locally,” Executive Director of the Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association Susan Jones said.

While the specials help bring diners into all participating restaurants during the resort’s shoulder season, the eateries that see the biggest boost in business are those with the most creative Restaurant Week menus, she said.

Executive Chef at Horizon’s Oceanfront Restaurant at the Clarion Resort Hotel Shawn Reese incorporates seasonal ingredients into his menu, which includes dishes like creamy butternut crab soup and fall chop salad.

Gallaxy 66 Bar & Grille is introducing its new menu for the season during the special, Executive Chef Jason Myers said. Diners can choose from appetizers like curry chicken tempura and baked oysters du jour with a different topping each day and main dishes including pan seared duck breast, blackened salmon and herb roasted tilapia.

Restaurant Week “certainly helps create business in the fall because people like to know what they’re getting when they go out,” Jones said. “It just reminds people to go out and eat.”

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 for those who don’t want to order from the special menu.

For a list of participating restaurants and their menus and prices, visit www.oceancityrestaurantweek.com. Go to the Facebook page www.facebook.com/OCMDRestaurantWeek for updates on Restaurant Week.

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