Baltimore County Restaurant Week begins Jan. 18- Avenue News

    It’s time to put those “eat healthy” New Year’s resolution aside as Baltimore County Restaurant Week kicks off this week, offering dining deals at a variety of local eateries.

    Restaurants across the county will help you get in touch with your inner foodie by offering discounted, fixed prices on one to three-course brunch, lunch and dinner specials ranging from $10 to $35 from January 18 until Saturday, February 2.

    The yearly event is meant to encourage residents to try out new businesses in their neighborhoods while teasing their taste buds with new flavors at a low price.

    “It’s a good deal for patrons and restaurant owners; it’s a win-win for everybody!” said Office of Tourism and Promotion director Marjorie Hampson.

    One local joint serving up a special menu is Hazelwood Inn at 4937 Hazelwood Ave. They will be offering three-course dinner for $27.19 where diners can choose a meal of Cajun salmon over a bed of penne pasta or a “Greek Duo” chicken souvlaki and lamb chop entrees. You can start off the meal with Maryland crab soup or some fresh black mussels and finish it off with homemade bread or rice pudding.

    Area favorite By The Docks will have lunch and dinner specials as well, with featured lunch items like a lobster burger served with hand-cut fries, jambalaya containing chicken sautéed with shrimp and Andouille sausage tossed in a Creole sauce, and, of course, their award-winning jumbo lump crab cakes. Dinner choices include a Mediterranean rockfish, served with shrimp and roasted tomatoes and a “Seafood Carnival” dish with 1/2 a Maine lobster, shrimp, scallops, mussels, and clams.

    Other participants include Pizza John’s in Essex with their well-loved and locally famous thin-crust pizza, the newly opened Michael’s Cafe in Middle River, and Red Brick Station at the Avenue in White Marsh with offerings like BBQ baby back ribs and shrimp, sausage, and mussel cioppino in a beer and tomato broth.

    For more information, including a complete list of restaurants and menus, visit www.baltimorecountyrestaurantweek.com.

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