It’s now day five of Downtown Westminster Restaurant Week. But don’t despair – Restaurant Week goes through Saturday night, so there’s still time to have a special meal at a special price!
In this installment, it's time to profile some incredible venues for lunch and dinner. Most have outdoor spaces to enjoy your meals al fresco – and all have great wine lists (and fun beer selections) to bolster your meal experience with a touch of the grape (or barley). It may be a good idea to call ahead and reserve your table -- with such delicious entrees it's going to get busy!
65 W. Main Street 410.848.7080
Harry’s Main Street Grille started as a destination hot dog stand in 1946 by the Sirinakis family. Now, 66 years later, this American grille is in its third generation of ownership by Harry Sirinakis. Harry’s signature hot dog is still among its most popular selections and served Coney Island style with chili, mustard and onions. The dogs are delicious enough to ask for more -- but don't you dare ask for sauerkraut, which is verboten on the frankfurters! The restaurant was expanded to house meetings and to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast is always a hit here, with fresh coffee and omelets made to order. For lunch and dinner, other American favorites are on the menu in addition to hot dogs, including juicy burgers, cheesy paninis and the satisfying and savory meatloaf for a taste of
mom’s home kitchen.
During Restaurant Week, Harry’s provides the following menu selections:
Hot dog, French fries and beverage for $5.12
Rib Special for Two for $20.12, which includes:
- Rack of World Class ribs with French fries
- Harry's Famous cole slaw
- Choice of appetizer: Crab pretzel, wings, crab & spinach dip, onion rings or potato skins
Visit Harry’s Main Street Grille on Facebook.
20 Distillery Drive 410.876.1421
During World War II, the Sherwood Distillery’s Glass House was built to serve as an area to recover cattle feed from mash used in whiskey production. Whiskey can still be found in some of the fun drinks served at Paradiso, but the restaurant’s beautiful and romantic atmosphere is a far cry from the building’s humble beginnings. Since opening Paradiso Ristorante in 1992, owner and chef Salvatore Romeo has been serving authentic Italian dishes using fresh herbs and ingredients with the passion of his Italian heritage. It’s an incredible destination for a romantic meal or birthday celebration. And as our spring evenings warm up, it's easy to dine under the stars with a exquisite meal on the Paradiso patio.
During Restaurant Week, Paradiso offers a four course, prix fixe menu for the cost of $25.12 per person:
Bruchette or cup of Italian Wedding Soup
Side house or Caesar salad
Profiteroles, Triple Chocolate Mousse, Carrot Cake or Gelato
For more information, please visit Paradiso’s website at www.paradisowestminster.com.
For nearly 40 years, Maggie’s has served great meals, from fun pub grub to sophisticated crab entrees. Chef John Robinson’s classic French training requires that each meal is created from scratch, allowing for every bite to taste homemade and delicious. If you’re seeking a fun-filled happy hour, visit Maggie’s for drink specials weekdays from 3 to 6pm. Maggie's also has a great deck for a relaxing drink outside -- or stay awhile for an entire meal on the patio.
During Restaurant Week, Maggie’s offers the following Lunch special for $15.12:
Choice of Appetizer: Maggie's Mushrooms, Shrimp Denise, Fried Calamari or Crab Dip
Choice of Soup: Cream of Crab, Maryland Crab or French Onion
Choice of Entree: Western Grilled Chicken Breast, Maggie's Melt, Reuben, Shrimp Salad Saute, Linguine with Shrimp and Vegetables, Caesar Salad topped with Grilled Chicken or Shrimp Madagascar
Maggie’s is also offering a Four-Course Dinner special for $30.12:
Choice of Appetizer: Shrimp Toast, Shrimp Denise, Fried Calamari orCrab Dip
Choice of Soup: Cream of Crab, Maryland Crab or French Onion
Choice of Entree: Sirloin Steak, Crab Cake Dinner, Shrimp Nicole or Chicken Parmesan
Choice of Dessert: English Trifle, Turtle Pie, Coconut Cake or Chocolate Mousse
For more information, visit Maggie’s website at www.maggieswestminster.com.
32 West Main Street 410.840.1919
Looking for casual dining with a romantic flair? Or perhaps a delectable meal under the clear blue sky? Visit Rafael’s and find great food and drinks in an historic building right downtown. And if you’re seeking some lively entertainment to accompany your meal, check out Rafael’s calendar of events. Rafael’s offers karaoke on Wednesday nights, a live DJ on Thursdays and live music each Saturday night. Lunch is always served at a quick but calm pace, which guarantees a relaxing eating experience while still enabling patrons to enjoy a fabulous meal without missing that early afternoon meeting. Rafael’s atmosphere makes all patrons feel comfortable -- dinner can be an informal affair with the kids having fun appetizers, or can be a truly special occasion, with a nice wine list and thoughtful entrees.
During Restaurant Week, enjoy a prix fixe, three course Dinner for $25.12:
Choice of Starters: Fried Calamari, Steamed Mussels, Fried Mozzarella Triangles, Cream of Crab Soup, Maryland Crab Soup or House or Caesar Salad
Choice of Entrees: Chicken Marcellina, Seared Salmon or New York Strip Steak
Choice of Desserts: English Trifle, Turtle Pie, Coconut Cake or Chocolate Mousse
Visit Rafael’s website at www.cupteabar.com.
4 West Main Street 410.876.0101
Johansson’s Dining House is fashioned after an authentic English tavern. In 1994, owner Dave Johansson refurbished the space originated by a clothing store to become Johansson’s. The restaurant is known for its American cuisine, but you’ll be missing out if you forego the opportunity to whet your whistle with one of Johansson’s microbrews. Johansson's crafts several beers onsite, including Hoodle Head Pale Ale, Whistle Stop Amber, and Honest Ale.
Johansson’s offers the following specials during Restaurant Week:
Lunch (11am – 4pm) $15.12
Choose from 8 ounce New York Strip Steak, Single Crab Cake, Crab Imperial, Chicken Marsala or Broiled Cod with Lemon Butter
- Served with mashed potatoes and a vegetable medley and a choice of garden salad or Caesar salad
- Served with choice of soft drink or iced tea
Dinner (after 4pm) $30.12
Choose from 8 ounce Atlantic Salmon with Island Glaze, 8 ounce Filet Mignon or Broiled Crab Cakes
- Served with choice of garden salad or Caesar salad and two sides
- Cheesecake with Raspberry Sauce for dessert
Visit Johansson’s website at www.johanssonsdininghouse.com.
So forget those loud and impersonal restaurant chains and instead choose the specially selected specials lovingly cooked by local business owners. For additional 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).
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