(Oct. 11, 2019) Taste the flavors of autumn during Ocean City’s ninth annual Fall Restaurant Week, which begins Sunday, Oct. 13, and continues until Oct. 27, featuring discounted prices on meals and drinks throughout northern Worcester County.
“There are lots of great deals so it’s a really good opportunity to know what you’ll be budgeting before you go out to dinner and have a great meal for a great deal,” Susan Jones, executive director of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association, which organizes the annual event, said. “It gives people a reason to dine out and that helps the employees continue to make tips during the off-season. It’s a win-win for diners and employees.”
Horizon’s in the Clarion Hotel on 103rd Street, for instance, will offer a special restaurant week menu with two courses for $35 and three for $40.
The two-week promotion, designed after the success of the Spring Restaurant Week, offers specials 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. Eighteen participating restaurants range from pubs, breakfast and lunch eateries to fine-dining establishments.
“There’s definitely chefs who take this promotion very seriously and they create new menu items they might want to put on their winter menu,” Jones said.
This is especially true for Chef Jim Glenn, who works at Poseidon’s Pub located inside Casino Downs in Berlin. This will be the second Fall Restaurant Week promotion for Poseidon’s Pub.
“I think it’s great that chefs get to show off their wares and their business and what they specialized in and gives us a nice two weeks to show off,” Glenn said.
The restaurant inside of the casino will be two years old in January, and has floor to window seating right in front of the racetrack. Since patrons must enter the casino in order to eat at the restaurant, customers must be 21 or older to dine at Poseidon’s Pub.
“You can sit down and enjoy yourself and have a nice dinner,” Glenn said. “You might hear some of the noise from the machines, but it’s exciting and people enjoy it.”
The restaurant will offer three courses for $25. First-course choices are Caesar salad, creamy acorn squash soup with roasted pepitas, or stuffed shrimp wrapped in bacon with a Grand Marnier orange glaze.
“It’s a fun, eclectic cuisine that’s from scratch, it’s chef driven, very artisan and a lot of passion has gone into it,” said Erik Cantine, director of food and beverage for Ocean Downs casino. “People are so surprised that we have a restaurant in here and how good it is. We get a ton of feedback on quality and services. We also have a [new] event space that Poseidon’s kitchen also takes care of and we can do buffets and sit downs for up to 250 people.”
The second course offers a choice of a hickory smoked half chicken served with roasted fingerling potatoes and seasonal vegetables, an 8-ounce strip steak with a bourbon mushroom glaze served with bleu cheese mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables, or pan seared salmon and blackened shrimp with a grain medley and a Dijon dill sauce.
To finish the meal, guests can choose from a pumpkin cheesecake, maple pecan tart or a molten chocolate cake.
“During Restaurant Week we’re also celebrating craft beer month and will be offering discounts on local crafts,” Cantine said. “We feature local craft beers and have our own Pilsner that’s created by EVO in Salisbury. Our local happy hour is from 4-6 p.m.”
Poseidon’s Pub will also be offering a signature pumpkin martini, which consists of pumpkin puree, rumchata and vanilla vodka. Craft beers will cost $3.
Poseidon’s Pub is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4-11 p.m.; 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; and 12-11 p.m. on Sundays.
For information, call 410-641-0600 ext. 3418.
Another restaurant to check out during the event is Bourbon Street on the Beach, a Louisiana Cajun experience on 116th Street.
“People are more willing to come out at a discounted rate than at a normal price,” Owner Barry Reichart said. “It also comes out at a great time of the year where everybody is just getting over being super busy and gives another boost before the winter time.”
Two Restaurant Week specials are available – three courses for $30 and four courses for $35.
Starters include char grilled oysters, blacked tuna quesadillas, bacon wrapped scallops, buffalo chicken dip, crab stuffed mushrooms, and shrimp pizzaiola.
For a soup or salad option, guests can choose between a house salad or Caesar salad, gumbo or cream of crab.
“When you come to Bourbon Street, we give you the full three- or four-course meal, depending on your choices,” Reichart said. ‘We don’t cut back on our portions for Restaurant Week ... They’re all the standard, same size that you get for the price on the regular menu and get a lot of value that you could make two meals out of it if you really wanted to.”
Customers have a wide variety of choices for their entrees, including a bourbon street steak, lobster ravioli with crab alfredo, Chesapeake chicken, broiled seafood sampler, shrimp and crab etouffee, jambalaya, crab and crawfish mac and cheese, almond crusted chicken with bing cherry sauce, or a new teriyaki salmon with Asian coleslaw.
“I always keep the standard 10-12 items that everybody comes for,” Reichart said. “But I also want to put a few new things on every now and then.”
For the four-course option, guests can choose from peanut butter pie, a banana foster, key lime pie or the house favorite, bread pudding with rum sauce.
“The homemade bread pudding and the homemade ice creams, including one of the new selling [ice creams] – a smoked bourbon maple with pecans – is always a huge hit,” Reichart said.
Bourbon Street on the Beach is open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight. For more information, call 443-664-2896.
New to the Fall Restaurant Week will be the chance to win a $150 gift card to one of the participating eateries. Diners are encouraged to send in three receipts from different participating Restaurant Week establishments.
Send a picture of the receipts to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Nov. 4. List name and phone number to be eligible.
For participating restaurants’ menus and prices, visit www.oceancityrestaurantweek.com.
Bayview Bar and Grille, inside Residence Inn Ocean City, 61st Street
BJ’s on the Water, 75th Street
Bourbon Street on the Beach, 116th Street
Captain’s Table, 15th Street, inside Marriott Courtyard
Dough Roller Restaurants
Fager’s Island, 60th Street
Happy Jack Pancake House, 25th Street
Hobbit Restaurant, 81st Street
Horizon’s Oceanfront Restaurant, 101st Street, inside Clarion Resort Hotel
Longboard Café, 67th Street
Marlin Moon, 3301, Atlantic Ave., inside DoubleTree by Hilton
Poseidon’s Pub at the Casino at Ocean Downs, Berlin
Reef 118, in the Carousel Resort, 118th Street
Ropewalk, 82nd Street
Sello’s Italian Oven and Bar, Golf Course Rd., West Ocean City
Shark on the Harbor, Sunset Ave., West Ocean City
Victorian Room, 28th Street, inside Dunes Manor Hotel