It’s one of the most delicious weeks of the year in Baltimore — Winter Baltimore Restaurant Week! Enjoy 2-course lunch and brunch menus for under $20, and 3-course dinner menus for under $35 at over 100 Baltimore restaurants. Restaurant week runs through January 22nd.
Which makes this week one of the best week of the year for a date night! That’s right. Book a sitter. Whether you’re heading out for lunch, dinner, or even brunch, you’ll have a much more enjoyable experience if you’re not going three rounds of ‘chase the toddler’ under the table. If your regular sitter isn’t available, try Seeking Sitters.
The easiest way to sour a date before you even start? Showing up at the restaurant and they don’t have room for you. Winter and summer restaurant weeks can be some of the busiest weeks of the year at your favorite dining establishments. Definitely make reservations. (And luckily, Downtown Partnership and Visit Baltimore — cohosts for Baltimore Restaurant Weeks — have made it easy! Just click here. They even provide options for finding parking for some establishments.)
Restaurant Week is also the perfect opportunity for trying some place new. Maybe you’ve been meaning to check out Bar Vasquez in Harbor East or Magdelena at The Ivy Hotel. Here’s a perfect opportunity.
Wherever you go, be sure to tip generously. Sure, the restaurants may be offering special pricing, but your server is working just as hard as they are every other week of the year.
Need some inspiration? Here are some (cool) ideas for restaurant week dates…
fun baltimore restaurant week ‘dates’
Beer Pairing Dinner at The Brewer’s Art. I know. Beer? Even if you think beer is not ‘your thing,’ you’re in for a pleasant treat at The Brewer’s Art. Definitely order the BBQ Pork Shank with hoppin john and Pear-Ginger Bread Pudding for dessert. Be sure to ask your server about the best beer to pair with your courses.
Artful Brunch at Encantada. Two course brunch for just $20 at Encantada. Pick an adventurous option like Deviled Turnips for a starter and then go with a classic Eggs Benedict or Dutch Pancakes for a second course. After your fully satiated, wander through the American Visionary Art Museum. While this is one of our fav places to take the littles, it’s a whole different experience when you go sans kids.
Sunday Dinner at Maggie’s Farm. Not many restaurants do ‘locavore’ quite like Maggie’s Farm on Harford Road. Nashville Hot Chicken Bun, pan-seared rainbow trout, braised brisket with Zeke’s coffee rub, s’mores brownie… yes, the menu looks delicious! Though they are usually closed on Sunday evenings, Maggie’s Farm is open on Sunday for restaurant week. Another bonus? Their three-course dinner with wine pairing is just $50/person.
Global Flavors + Sips at Points South Latin Kitchen. Channel sunny summer days in the middle of January with a meal from Points South Latin Kitchen in Fells Point. Yucca croquette, pumpkin seed dip, shrimp skewers with creamy mojo — the starter menu alone is intriguing! Don’t forget their signature margarita. Before or after your meal, take a quick stroll along the waterfront.
Cozy Italian Meal at Cosima. While Cosima might have one of our favorite patio for al fresco dining in the city, it’s warm and cozy interior makes for a perfect date night, too! Be sure to nab a cocktail at the bar before you sit down. Don’t miss the caponata. (Trust me.)
Etouffee and Jazz at Cooker’s Music Bistro. With live jazz on Friday and Saturday nights, Cooker’s Music Bistro in the Bromo Arts District is the perfect two-for-one dinner and music date! Cajun and Creole cuisine — Orleans Etouffee or Sweet Potato Pie, anyone? (Maybe even order some mac and cheese to take home to the kiddos. That’s a parenting win, right?)
and last but certainly not least…
The Budget Date at Dooby’s. It may be cost-effective but the flavors are anything but cheap! Dooby’s in Mt. Vernon is offering a $15 menu in the evenings after 5 PM all month long. Includes a bite, entree (noodles, build-a-bowl, sandwich), and a cookie. Technically this promotion is not part of Restaurant Week promotions, but it’s definitely worth mentioning! (And hello, pork buns!)
Photos by Laura Black.