It’s that time of year again, as this winter’s Howard County Restaurant Week is upon us. So, whether you’re in the mood for a great meal or there’s a particular restaurant you’ve always wanted to try, now is your chance! In case you missed it the last time around, the idea for Restaurant Week has grown considerably since its inception in 1992 in New York City. It has spread across the country, as more cities and counties have developed and popularized their own versions.
While the events vary from place to place, the general concept is that local restaurants partner with local business organizations or chambers of commerce to promote a week of lunch and dinner specials. Restaurants offer reduced prices for a prix fixe menu, the idea being that what they lose in check averages they gain in sales volume and exposure to new customers.
Howard County’s latest Restaurant Weeks run until February 2nd, with prix fixe menus from $15 – $45. Its new website also allows you to search the restaurants, view menus, make reservations, get directions, and even explore with criteria such as price, vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free options.
Just a few tips…make reservations to secure your preferred date and time and be aware that promotions and menus vary. When calling for a reservation, confirm the Restaurant Week promotion pricing and details. Click here for a list of participating locations, plus links for menus, reservations, maps and phone numbers. Now, get out and enjoy a meal at your favorite restaurant or explore some new ones. Bon appétit!