(April 26, 2019) Ocean City’s 13th annual Spring Restaurant Week kicks off on Sunday and continues until May 11, featuring favorite 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.”
Longboard Café on 67th Street will offer three courses for $35 during Restaurant Week, however, the specials will only be available Sunday through Thursday.
“We like to try out new menu items Restaurant Week,” Rick Vach, owner of Longboard Café, said. “It gives us some ideas for what we might do on the permanent summer menu, which comes out right after Restaurant Week.”
Diners can choose three out of four options, from soup or salad, appetizers, entrees or dessert.
Soup or salad starters include a choice of Ensalada de Dos Corazones (two hearts salad), strawberry fields salad, grilled Caesar salad, cream of crab soup or the soup of the day.
Appetizers include Southwest wontons, shrimp poutine (fries covered in gravy and cheese), vegetarian “meatballs” made of cauliflower, quinoa, chipotle vodka sauce, and fresh lump crab or a gorgonzola tart.
Diners can choose from four entrees: chipotle pork tenderloin, twin airline chicken breast, shrimp fondue or stuffed portabella. The desserts change daily.
“We’d just like to really try out some new menu ideas on folks and then of course, it’s a good deal for $35,” Vach said.
Guests are recommended to make a reservation by calling 443-664-5639.
The Victorian Room in the Dunes Manor Hotel on 28th Street is offering three courses for $30 during Restaurant Week.
“All the big hotels and restaurants contribute to this because it’s featuring their finest foods and chefs,” said Vince D’Onofrio, who has worked for the Victorian Room for 28 years.
Starters include a spring salad made with mixed greens, candied walnuts, dried cranberries, red onion, mandarin oranges and balsamic vinaigrette, soup of the day, fried ravioli, Bloody Mary shrimp ceviche and grilled Caesar salad.
Main course options are seared diver scallops, veal Oscar with scalloped potatoes and sautéed asparagus, jumbo lump crab and hollandaise, Dunes Manor signature crab imperial or half a rosemary roasted chicken.
Finish off the experience with a flourless chocolate tart, raspberry white chocolate brûlée cheese cake or Key lime pie from Key West for dessert.
The Victorian Room has been a part of Restaurant Week since its inception.
“We have one of the finest views of Ocean City,” D’Onofrio said. “We’re oceanfront, and it’s nice to sit out on our decks on our rockers and people are in the restaurant watching people surfing and have fun. There’s an ever-changing scene to the ocean.”
For more information, call the Victorian Room at 410-289-1100.
Another establishment that has been a part of Restaurant Week since it first began is Captain’s Table on 15th Street, located inside the Courtyard Marriott.
“Captain’s Table really likes to be involved in any special events there are in the area,” Spencer Byrd, general manager for Courtyard Marriott, said. “Anytime we have a chance to showcase what we have to offer here at the restaurant, we do it. We also, being in the Courtyard Hotel on the Boardwalk on 15th Street, have a pretty big following and want to give back to our guests that are here and offer them a special menu.”
Diners can choose an appetizer, entrée and dessert for $35. However, the restaurant will not offer Restaurant Week specials from Friday through Sunday.
Appetizers include tempera fried avocado or pork pot stickers. Choose from three entrées such as the chicken Rockefeller, smoked bacon wrapped meatloaf or shrimp and grits.
For dessert, enjoy either a mint chocolate chip and pound cake fried ice cream or New York style cheesecake with macerated berries.
“We’ve been around for over 65 years now. It’s a local family-owned restaurant,” Byrd said. “Our team is one of the best, our service is top notch ... our executive chef, Brooke Lamar, and his staff are top-notch. We enjoy making up a special menu just for [Restaurant Week]. We do specials on a nightly basis, but anytime we can do a Restaurant Week menu we’re going to do it.”
For more information, call Captain’s Table at 410-289-7192.
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 participant eatery of their choice.
Send a picture of the receipts to email@example.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,
• 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
• 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, 66th Street
• Victorian Room, 28th Street, inside Dunes Manor Hotel