Why fight it? As the Grand Prix kicks into gear for the Aug. 30-Sept. 1 racing competition, many restaurants have embraced the proximity of the downtown speedway by offering prix-fixe menus and happy-hour deals throughout the week—from a French menu at Wine Market Bistro in honor of a 1906 Grand Prix event to a flat-iron steak dinner at Heavy Seas Alehouse.
Check with participating restaurants for specific days and times. For a complete list, visit the Grand Prix of Baltimore's website.
Here's what we found cookin' around the harbor this week:
Verde Pizza Napoletana (pictured), 641 S. Montford Ave., 410-522-1000: A three-course prix-fixe meal includes a glass of wine or tap beer, $35 a person. Also, on Wed., free Margherita pizza for kids under 10; on Thurs., featured desserts, $5; other happy-hour specials.
Mother's Federal Hill Grille, 1113 S. Charles St., 410-244-8686: Happy-hour specials from 2-6 p.m. though Fri., half-pound shrimp or one pound mussels, $7; select appetizers, $5; drink deals.
Blue Agave Restaurante y Tequileria, 1032 Light St., 410-576-3938: Happy-hour specials in the bar area only from 3-7 p.m., a la carte tacos, $1.75; guacamole fresca, $4; wings, $4; drink deals.
Rusty Scupper, 402 Key Hwy., 410-727-3678: A three-course prix-fix menu for $39.95, Aug. 30-Sept. 1; parking for restaurant patrons.
James Joyce Irish Pub & Restaurant, 616 S. President St., 410-727-5107: Happy hour: $5 appetizer menu; drink specials.
Lebanese Taverna, 719 S. President St., 410-244-5533: Happy hour from 4 p.m.-close, appetizers, $3-5; drink specials.
The Oceanaire Seafood Room, 801 Aliceanna St., 443-872-0000: A four-course prix-fixe menu, $36.95 a person.
B&O American Brasserie, 2 N. Charles St., 443-692-6172: A three-course prix-fixe menu, $30 a person; happy-hour drink deals.
Supano's Steakhouse, 110 Water St., 410-986-4445: A three-course prix-fixe menu, $30 a person; happy-hour drink specials.
Joe Squared, 30 Marketplace, Power Plant Live, 410-962-5566: A prix-fixe menu, $15, includes a 10-inch cheese pizza, a soft drink, and two scoops of ice cream; happy-hour drink specials from 4-7:30 p.m.
Tatu Restaurrant & Lounge, 614 Water St., 410-244-7385: Happy-hour specials from Wed.-Sat. include more than 50 items with half-price starters and select sushi rolls; drink deals starting at $3.
Ciao Bello, 236 S. High St., 410-685-7733: A three-course prix-fixe menu, $30.13; happy hour from 4-7 p.m., featuring complimentary pasta and pizza plus drink specials.
Heavy Seas Alehouse, 1300 Bank St., 410-522-0850: A three-course prix-fixe menu, $25, includes a grilled Angus flat-iron steak.
La Scala Ristorante, 1012 Eastern Ave., 410-783-9209: Happy-hour, $6 food specials on more than 15 items and $5 drinks.
La Tavola, 248 Albemarle St., 410-685-1859: A three-course prix-fixe menu, $35 a person plus tax and gratuity.
Wine Market Bistro, 921 E. Fort Ave., 410-244-6166. A three-course prix-fixe French menu, Fri.-Sat., $33 a person, $45 with a French wine flight; the menu is in honor of the 1906 Grand Prix de l'Automobile Club de France, Le Mans, France.