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OC Restaurant Week runs through Nov. 19

By Kara Hallissey | Nov 09, 2017
Rare & Rye manager Jason Meisner shows off a grilled salmon entrée Wednesday evening, which will be featured on the 32nd Street establishments’ Restaurant Week menu.

(Nov. 10, 2017) Residents and visitors have more than 20 local establishments to check out during Ocean City’s Fall Restaurant Week, which started last Sunday and continues through Nov. 19, offering discounts on already low off-season prices.

“Take advantage because restaurants are offering great deals and creative menus,” said Susan Jones, executive director of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association, which organizes the annual event. “We have this event during a less busier time of year to spark the local economy for restaurants, servers and bartenders.”

The two-week restaurant specials are designed to draw diners through the doors when business is slower and gives chefs an opportunity to create a unique menu or try out new ideas. Participating restaurants range from pubs, breakfast and lunch eateries to fine dining.

Rare & Rye on 32nd Street has three courses for $30, which is available Wednesday through Saturday, during Restaurant Week.

“It is a great way for people to check out what these high-caliber chefs are putting on their plates,” said manager Jason Meisner. “They are putting their passion out there. It is a great time to go to a restaurant you have never been or try out somewhere you wouldn’t normally choose.”

Diners can pick from a couple soups and salads in their first course before moving onto scallops, oysters, char-roasted vegetables, mussels or a rosemary braised short rib as an appetizer.

“Many of the menu items people will be accustomed to like our baked oysters with a triple cream cheese, shaved prosciutto, balsamic glaze and crumpled rye on top,” Meisner said. “The menu is set up to pick a soup or salad, an appetizer and an entrée. It’s packed full of diversity.”

Entrée choices include a single crab cake, half rack of lamb, a cheeseburger, grilled salmon and pan seared duck breast.

“We have a new winter menu and Restaurant Week is the first time we have debuted our grilled salmon entrée,” Meisner said. “The lamb is very popular. You don’t see the pan seared duck breast on many menus and I don’t think I’ve ever had it quite like our chef prepares it.”

The pan seared duck breast is served with cauliflower, parsnip, Brussel sprouts, braised leek hash, honey roasted walnuts, arugula and a red wine demi glaze.

“We thought excluding dessert would make it a great option to add at the end. You can choose a variety of menu items at a fraction of the price,” Meisner said.

“The number one response we have been receiving the last couple of months from people at events is they can’t wait to try Rare & Rye during the offseason. This is the perfect opportunity to introduce ourselves to the locals,” he added.

The Crab Bag on 130th Street is offering $20 off any dozen of the medium or medium-large premium steamed crabs in addition to $20 steamer pots, which includes a snow crab leg, a half-pound of shrimp, corn, red potatoes and onion during Restaurant Week.

“The steamer pot is a really good deal,” said manager Adrienne Martincic. “You get $7 off and it was a big hit in the spring. Everyone is loving them. This is also the best time of year for crabs because they are sweet, fat and very good.”

Martincic encourages those who live in the area to check out Restaurant Week during a time when the crowds are sparse and the prices are cheap.

“It’s cheaper to eat out then to make food at home in Ocean City right now,” Martincic. “If you like crabs, it’s the best time of year to come out.”

Downtown at Captain’s Table, which is inside the Marriott Courtyard on 15th Street, visitors have the option of dining on three courses for $30, excluding Friday and Saturday, in addition to Sunday, Nov. 19, during Restaurant Week.

“It is a great deal,” said general manager Lauren Taylor. “At any other time, you would pay that price for one of these items and during Restaurant Week, you get three.”

Starters include a house salad, squash bisque and charcuterie before diners have the option of a crab cake, beef wellington or chicken breast in their second course.

“The beef wellington is a great dish,” Taylor said. “The squash bisque is special to our Restaurant Week menu and we don’t normally have it. Our charcuterie plate with assorted meats and cheeses is interesting and fun.”

For dessert, a pumpkin cheesecake, chocolate brownie a la mode and deep-fried strawberry cheesecake are all options.

“There are things not normally on the menu, which gives you a chance to try something different,” Taylor said. “It is an inexpensive way to solve the problem of what are we going to have for dinner? Try somewhere you haven’t been before and experience the atmosphere. Restaurant Week increases business during the offseason.”

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

“It is a good excuse to eat out and not have to cook,” Jones said.

Alcohol, tax and gratuity are not included in Restaurant Week’s special menu prices. Participating restaurants will still offer their regular, full-price menus during the promotion.

In addition, diners are encouraged to send in two receipts from participating Restaurant Week establishments to be in the running for three gift cards. On Nov. 22, Restaurant Week organizers will choose three winners who will receive a $100 or $50 gift card from area eateries.

Send a picture of the receipts to inquire@ocvisitor.com or 410-726-0334. Participants can also mail the receipts by the Nov. 20 deadline to 5700 Coastal Highway, Suite 302, Ocean City Maryland, 21842.

To view a list of participating restaurants’ menus and prices, visit www.oceancityrestaurantweek.com.

 

Participating Restaurants

 

- BJ’s on the Water, 75th Street

- Bourbon Street on the Beach, 116th Street

- Captain’s Table, 15th Street, inside Marriott Courtyard

- Crab Bag, 130th Street

- Happy Jack Pancake House, 25th Street

- Horizon’s Oceanfront Restaurant, 101st Street, inside Clarion Resort Hotel

- Jules Restaurant, 118th Street

- Ky West, 54th Street

- Laytons, 92nd Street

- Lighthouse Sound Restaurant, St. Martin’s Neck Rd., Bishopville

- Longboard Café, 67th Street

- OC 360 Eats & Drinks, 138th - Street

- Ocean City Brewing Company, 55th Street

- Ocean City Fish Company, Harbor Road, West Ocean City

- Rare & Rye, 32nd Street

- Sello’s Italian Oven and Bar, Golf Course Rd., West Ocean City

- The Big Easy on 60, 60th Street

- Shark on the Harbor, Sunset Ave., West Ocean City

- The Shrimp Boat, Stephen Decatur Highway, West Ocean City

- Touch of Italy, 66th Street

- Victorian Room, 28th Street, inside Dunes Manor Hotel

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