It’s Memorial Day weekend, and for me, the start of the summer season. A caller (thanks, Roxanne) also got me thinking about Baltimore’s Summer Restaurant Week. The website, baltimorerestaurantweek.com, hasn’t been updated yet, but Michael Evitts at the Downtown Partnership filled me on the details to date. Unfortunately, he’s working today, too.
Dates for the annual summer restaurant event are July 26-Aug. 3 and include two weekends this year. Restaurants who have committed so far include Ixia, Cinghiale, The Brass Elephant, Aldo’s, The Black Olive, Bicycle, The Brewer’s Art, Nasu Blanca, and Sotto Sopra.
Participating restaurants also are being encouraged to offer specials in addition to the prix fixe lunch (two courses for $20.08) and dinner (three courses for $30.08) menus. Here’s what’s being planned so far, according to Michael:
The Black Olive will offer red or white wine flights featuring three different Greek wine selections. The white wine flight will be $12; the red flight, $15. Lucy's Irish Pub & Restaurant will also offer wine pairings with the prix-fixe dinner menu for an additional $12 a person. Brightons will offer a four-course tasting menu at $45 per person from 6-10 p.m. And, at Da Mimmo’s, each diner who visits during Restaurant Week will receive a gift to redeem on their next visit. The gifts range from a complimentary appetizer, a bottle of wine, or a $100 gift certificate.
The dog days of summer are now looking a little brighter.