Restaurant Week 2012: Restaurant Profiles, Part Two
Last week, we profiled three of the incredible restaurants participating in Restaurant Week, which begins on April 20. And with breakfast considered the most important meal of the day, why not begin this great week with some decadent morning feasts? Of course, these restaurants don’t only provide great early day edibles – you can tuck into a wonderful lunch or snack at these great downtown venues as well. Good Morning, Sunshine!
Birdie’s Café, 223 East Main Street
Since Sherri Hosfeld Joseph opened Birdie’s Café in 2010, it has continued the Pour House Café tradition of being a cavern of cool. From the stained glass window treatments to the fun trinkets for sale, visitors are at once inspired and relaxed. Lattes, cappuccinos and coffee drinks are hand crafted all day for college students, business people and others just needing that quick pick-me-up. There’s no need to skip breakfast when you can tuck into an incredible bowl of Birdie’s hearty and satisfying oatmeal – but lunch is just around the corner, with delicious sandwiches and soups. Enjoy live music, art exhibits and other ways to be entertained at this great cafe.
During Restaurant Week, Birdie’s provides the following menu selections for $10.12:
- Two large coffees and two egg sandwiches with ham, bacon or sausage
- Chef salad with a large espresso beverage
- Lox sandwich with a macaroni salad and a medium iced tea
- Hummus or guacamole plate with a large coffee or iced tea
- Two ham, turkey or roast beef sandwiches
- Ham, turkey, roast beef or veggie sandwich with a cup of cream of crab soup
- Medium chai or latte paired with a special surprise dessert
Visit Birdie’s website at www.birdiescoffee.com
172 East Main Street 443.821.3295
Julie Goge opened the fashionable and delicious J Café in September 2011. Since that time, waistlines everywhere groan – while palettes rejoice – at J’s incredible cupcakes. But like your mother said, it’s important to eat your meal before dessert, and J’s breakfast and lunch entrees will not disappoint you. In the morning, enter the Café to the enticing aroma of homemade waffles and perhaps the essence remaining from the cupcakes cooling the corner. Lunchtime is filled with fresh salads and daily specials. And don’t forget to save room for dessert!
During Restaurant Week, J Cafe offers the following menu selection, where two people can enjoy a starter, sandwich or wrap and dessert for $20.12:
Seasonal fresh fruit
J’s House Salad
Panini and Wraps:
Grilled Roast Beef Wrap
Spinach and Feta Wrap
Cheese and Bacon Panini
Chocolate chunk, oatmeal raisin or white chip macadamia nut cookies
42 West Main Street 410.848.0808
Papa Heinz Luesse traveled the world on a merchant marine ship, baking for his fellow sailors and sharing his delectable treats seaside. Years later, the
German-born baker arrived in Westminster and opened Heinz Bakery in 1972.
Residents from Westminster and beyond are thankful for his emigration – “regulars” can be found reading the paper, relaxing and enjoying a fresh cup of hot coffee and scrumptious donut each morning. “Our most popular offerings are our Christmas stollen, summer peach cakes and of course, our amazing donuts,” says Jim Caputo, a rising baker at the restaurant.
Four types of bread are baked each day at the bakery, which is available for sale or to become a mouthwatering sandwich for breakfast or lunch. While Papa Heinz still occasionally bakes for the restaurant, the baking mitt has been passed to Papa’s son, who is also named Heinz. The staff is known for its welcoming service. Count on Heinz’s staff to remember you – and what you ordered last – on any repeat visit.
During Restaurant Week, Heinz Bakery offers the following menu selections for $5.12:
Any regular breakfast sandwich plus any pastry (excluding éclairs) and any beverage. A BLT, tuna melt, ham or turkey sandwich with chips or donut and any beverage.
7 East Main Street 410.871.2505
Looking for a comforting drink to savor over a good book? Visit Cup Tea Bar and
discover an enchanting location for breakfast, lunch or just a great tea break. The tea emerges from faraway locales such as Japan, Taiwan, India, China and South Africa. Served hot or cold, each blend provides a flavor that captivates the spirit while calming the soul – perfect to get ready for that next big task at hand. All food is made fresh daily, with the delicious soups and baked goods being handcrafted on site at Gypsy’s Tea Room, Cup’s sister restaurant. On Saturdays, enjoy “Live Lunches” with local acoustic musicians from noon to 2 p.m. each week.
During Restaurant Week, Cup is offering a special of any salad and sandwich combination with a pot of tea or chilled chai latte for $10.12.
Visit Cup’s website at www.cupteabar.com.
For information about all of the participating eateries and specials during restaurant week, please visit www.westgov.com/restaurantweek. You can also
“like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/downtownwestminster and follow us on Twitter (@mainstreetmatters).
Tune in next week for the next installment of tempting treats and offerings
during Restaurant Week! Until then, we’ll see you eating around downtown!