(May 3, 2019) Ocean City’s 13th annual Spring Restaurant Week began last Sunday and will run through May 11, featuring signature and specially crafted dishes and new items at reduced prices offered by more than a dozen establishments.

“I think it is beneficial to the restaurant to participate because it gives them an opportunity for their name to get out there,” Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association Executive Director Susan Jones said. “It’s almost like it’s a free promotion for them, and it’s beneficial to the diner because they get all these great deals.”

Touch of Italy, inside the Holiday Inn Oceanside on 66th Street, will offer three courses for $35 during Restaurant Week.

“We like to participate in anything,” Restaurant Manager Peter Scioli said. “We’re big on community and we’re big on doing special things for people.”

Diners are offered an antipasto, entrée and dessert. 

Starters include a choice of calamari, rolatino di Melazane (fried eggplant stuffed with ricotta and mozzarella), chef salad comprised of Mescaline, hearts of palm, olives, fresh mushrooms, tomatoes, asparagus and parmigiana cheese, or a Caesar salad.

Entrée choices include pork chop with mushroom sauce, chicken breast stuffed with cheese, prosciutto and sage, or salmon over a bed of roasted brussels sprouts.

For dessert, diners can enjoy a small cannolo. 

“Everyone should come to Touch of Italy. Everyone’s Italian at heart,” Scioli said. “There’s good food and good people.” 

Guests are encouraged to make a reservation by calling 410-524-5252

The Hobbit on 81st Street has participated in Spring Restaurant Week since its inception. The fine dining establishment will offer three courses for $39.

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Cook Frank Milos prepares crab cakes at The Hobbit Restaurant on 81st Street, Saturday.

“There are a lot of people that come to town specifically for Restaurant Week,” Hobbit owner Garvey Heiderman said. “I know that because I talk to our customers who come in during Restaurant Week. It also gives chef a chance to do some different menu items.”

Diners can choose three out of four options between appetizers, salads, entrees and dessert.

For appetizers, diners can pick from shrimp toast, oysters hollandaise, parmesan sfumato, a baked dish similar to flan, served with a mushroom sauté, red wine demi glaze and truffle oil, or the soup of the day. Guests can also choose from Caesar, arugula or house salads.

Five entrées are available including fresh fish, red wine braised short ribs, chicken confit, pork scallopini or crab cakes. For dessert, choose either the house special Mary’s Delight, made with a crushed walnut crust, a thin layer of sweetened cream cheese, chocolate pudding and whipped cream, or crème brûlée.

“I think it’s a great thing for the town,” Heiderman said. “Anytime we have an event that brings people here that otherwise wouldn’t be coming, that’s a win for everybody. That’s a win for people that come to Ocean City and enjoy it and taste these different restaurants, and obviously it’s a good thing for the restaurants to get business they otherwise wouldn’t have.”

For more information or to make a reservation, call 410-524-8100.

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.

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

​In addition, diners are encouraged to send in three receipts from different participating Restaurant Week establishments. Restaurant Week organizers will choose one winner who will receive a $150 gift card to their favorite participating eatery.

Send a picture of the receipts to inquire@ocvisitor.com or text to 410-726-0334. Participants can also mail the receipts to 5700 Coastal Highway, Suite 302, Ocean City, Maryland, 21842. Letters must be postmarked by May 17. Include name and phone number to be eligible.

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

OC Restaurant Week Participants

• BJ’s on the Water, 75th Street

• Bourbon Street on the Beach, 116th Street

• Captain’s Table, 15th Street, in the Marriott Courtyard

• Crab Alley, Golf Course Road, West Ocean City

• Happy Jack Pancake House, 25th Street

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

• Layton’s, 92nd Street

• Longboard Café, 67th Street

• Mad Fish Bar and Grille, Harbor Rd., West Ocean City

• Marlin Moon Restaurant, 33rd Street, in the DoubleTree Ocean City

• Mickey Fins, in the Ocean City Fishing Center, West Ocean City

•  Reel Inn, 14th Street, bayside

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

• The Hobbit Restaurant, 81st Street

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

• The Shrimp Boat, Route 611, West Ocean City

• Touch of Italy, inside Holiday Inn, 66th Street

• Victorian Room inside Dunes Manor Hotel, 28th Street

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