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Spring Restaurant Week to kick off this Sunday in OC

By Kara Hallissey | Apr 12, 2018
Photo by: Kara Hallissey Owner Adam Sanders displays one of the three course Restaurant Week menu choices at Jules Restaurant on 118th Street, Tuesday afternoon.

(April 13, 3018) Ocean City’s 12th annual Spring Restaurant Week kicks off on Sunday and continues until April 29, featuring bestsellers and new menu items at reduced prices in popular establishments throughout the resort.

“It is a great time to try new restaurants that are not always on your radar,” said Liz Walk, event manager for the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association, which organizes the annual event. “They are creating interesting menus using local ingredients where you are getting a soup, salad, entrée and dessert at a great price point.”

At least 15 local favorites will have special fixed-price menus ranging from $10 to $40, in addition other discounts and regular menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Jules Restaurant on 118th Street has participated in the promotion since its inception.

“I love Restaurant Week, because it gets people in here that have never been,” owner Adam Sanders said. “People love it. They get to try restaurants and it’s a start to the summer with a great pop of business.”

Jules will be offering three courses for $30 at dinnertime, including a choice of starters such as its award-winning oven-roasted tomato, lump crab and sweet corn soup, fried oysters, curried onion soup, and a Smith Island soft shell slider. House, Caesar, crab, and blue ice wedge salads are second course options.

“The soft shell appetizer is ridiculously good,” Sanders said. “It is such a good deal with three courses of fine dining. You are getting an $80 to $90 dinner experience for $30.”

Entrée options include chicken marsala, a bone-in pork chop and monkfish with crab.

“The monkfish is new and the pork chop will be delicious,” Sanders said. “We have the best chicken marsala in the world.”

Customers also have the option to choose a filet mignon or crab cake dinner as their main course for an extra $5.

“There is a mix of things on the menu and newer items. These are some of the best weeks of the year,” Sanders said.

Jules is also offering an early bird special where customers receive a free glass of house cabernet or chardonnay wine if they are seated by 6 p.m.

The Hobbit Restaurant on 81st Street is offering three courses for $39, including choices of salad, appetizer, entrée or dessert.

The special dinner menu includes a choice of appetizers such as shrimp toast, a soup of the day, pan roasted scallops, and buffalo oysters. Caesar, house, and orange poppy seed and goat cheese salad are also options.

“The pan-roasted scallops are a new item,” owner Garvy Heiderman said. “It is a nice spring dish with fresh flavors.”

Entrees include a crab cake, Guinness-braised short ribs, ahi tuna, roasted duck legs and thighs, and a daily catch.

“We are offering a mix of lighter and heavier options,” Heiderman said. “There is a lot and most people leave with a box of food. We do not cut back on portions.”

A crème brûlée and Mary’s Delight, a house specialty with a crushed-walnut crust, thin layer of sweetened cream cheese, chocolate pudding and homemade whipped cream, are dessert choices.

“We know a lot of local people like our menu, but see us more as an occasion spot,” Heiderman said. “Restaurant Week gets people to try our place for the first time, not break the bank and still get a lot of food.”

The Victorian Room in the Dunes Manor Hotel on 28th Street is also offering three courses for $30 during Restaurant Week.

“These are new menu items that have never been featured before,” Joseph Cann, food and beverage director for the Dunes Manor Hotel, said. “We are presenting them on the Restaurant Week menu, so people can taste and get a flavor for what we have at a $30 price point.”

Starters include an arugula salad topped with goat cheese, port-soaked pears, candied walnuts, dried cherries, pickled onions and a port balsamic vinaigrette, or roasted Brussels sprouts.

The main course options are seared diver scallops, a blackened hanger steak, or half a French-style boneless chicken.

Finish off the experience with a chocolate tart, raspberry panna cotta or Key lime pie from Key West for dessert.

“Restaurant Week brings new business from the local community to tourists and it lets people know we are here,” Cann said. “A lot of people don’t know about the Victorian Room since it’s in a hotel. We are open to the public [and] not many restaurants in Ocean City are oceanfront.”

The Dunes Manor Hotel has a complimentary tea time from 3-4 p.m. every day.

“Come experience the menu and enjoy the beautiful view,” Cann said.

The two-week restaurant specials are designed to draw diners through the doors when business is slower, and also gives chefs an opportunity to create a unique menu or try out new ideas.

Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association Executive Director Susan Jones said she brought the idea for Restaurant Week back from a travel summit on the Western Shore in 2007.

“It is an excuse to go out to restaurants and try new menu items while they are offering deals,” Jones said.

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

In addition, diners are encouraged to send in two receipts from different participating Restaurant Week establishments to be in the running for three gift cards. On May 11, Restaurant Week organizers will choose three winners who will receive a $100 or $50 gift card from area eateries of their choice.

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

For 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, in the Marriott Courtyard

• Happy Jack Pancake House, 25th Street

• Horizons Oceanfront Restaurant, 101st Street, in the Clarion Resort Hotel

• Jules Restaurant, 118th Street

• Ky West, 54th Street

• Longboard Café, 67th Street

• Mickey Fins, in the Ocean City Fishing Center

• Sello’s, Golf Course Road, West Ocean City

• The Hobbit Restaurant, 81st Street

• The Shark on the Harbor, Sunset Avenue, West Ocean City

• The Skye Bar & Grill, 66th Street

• Touch of Italy, 66th Street

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

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