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Dining tips for Tuesday, Aug. 20; Tuesdays with Gertie

Richard Gorelick

The Baltimore Sun

9:10 AM EDT, August 20, 2013

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Restaurants want people in their seats on weeknights. That's why seasoned diners know to keep their eyes out for dining specials on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

One of Baltimore's longest-running early-week specials is Tuesdays with Gertie, when "Gertrude's Restaurant becomes 'Gertie's Cafe'."

From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Tuesday, Gertrude's, the restaurant at the Baltimore Museum of Art, offers a list of entrees from its regular menu, all priced at $12, which is anywhere from $3 to $8 less than the regular menu prices. Diners can add a salad or soup for $5. There's a nice list of $20 wines available, too. 

There really isn't a catch, but the printed menu does remind diners, nicely, not to be table-hogging cheapskates. The tip should be based on what the regular menu prices are, not the Tuesday-night price. And, there are no substitutions.

Find more Tuesday night dining specials here.

Peter's Inn in Fells Point is taking its summer vacation this week. They'll be back on Aug. 28 with brand new adventures.

The Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament, a multi-week, single-elimination cooking tournament, moves into its semi-final round tonight at Mari Luna Bistro, with a match between Melissa Fordham of Gourmet Again and Neill Howell of Bond Street Social.

General admission to the event is $25 and includes appetizers, wine tastings and drink specials. A $45 ticket gains a seat on the audience judges panel. For more information go to the tournament website. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland.

And, Baltimore County Restaurant Week continues through Aug. 25.