Greater Severna Park ‘Restaurant Week’ in full swing

Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber CEO Liz League chats with general manager Devon Glaccum on the outdoor patio at Vida Taco Bar. Vida is one of 18 restaurants participating in Severna Park's Restaurant Week.
Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber CEO Liz League chats with general manager Devon Glaccum on the outdoor patio at Vida Taco Bar. Vida is one of 18 restaurants participating in Severna Park's Restaurant Week. (Sharon Lee Tegler / Correspondent)

The Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce’s Restaurant Week features 18 restaurants showcasing a variety of culinary experiences.

Restaurant Wee kicked off July 1 and runs through July 7. GSPACC CEO Liz League said the list of participants is geographically and gastronomically diverse, running the gamut from upscale establishments to casual pubs.


Garry’s Grill, an Olde Severna Park favorite for 35 years, appeals to early morning cyclists seeking breakfast, ladies who lunch, and business owners meeting clients.

Owner Eddie Conway, who’s celebrating his 10th year as proprietor, thinks Restaurant Week is cool.


“It’s great that Severna Park now has enough restaurants and enough patrons to host a week-long culinary event similar to those in Annapolis and Baltimore,” he said. “As a way of saying thank you to our customers, we’re running low-priced specials all week featuring a different theme each day.”

At the opposite corner of Severna Park Village Shopping Center, Adam’s Taphouse and Grille is known for its ribs. The Grille’s Star Spangled Trio of BBQ ribs, BBQ pork and smoked beef brisket is a favorite holiday weekend meal.

The ‘new kid on the block’ in Olde Severna Park is Vida Taco Bar with a menu of tequilas, margaritas, sangrias and trendy tacos. General Manager Devon Glaccum said the tropical lushness of Vida’s glassed-in patio and live music on weekends makes the restaurant appealing during the summer months. For restaurant week, Vida’s reducing the price of its house margarita to $6 and presenting diners a complimentary Pico de Gallo.

Further afield in the greater Severna Park area, which stretches from Arnold to Millersville and Pasadena, one can explore the choice of restaurants by category.

“Several represent upscale dining,” League said.

Diners with a taste for French food and fine wines can visit Café Bretton at 849 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. The restaurant’s farm to table menu is augmented with produce from its garden.

Pascal’s Chophouse at Magothy Gateway Village, with a relaxed and inviting atmosphere, offers an elegant menu featuring prime meats and a choice of 240 wines. For Restaurant Week, Pascal’s created three pris fixe menu options – a lunch for $18 and two dinners for $39 and $55.

Mezzanotte Café owner and GSPACC supporter Tommie Koukoulis – the first person Liz League approached when organizing Restaurant Week – said he’s offering customers two different culinary adventures with special menus/added values through Sunday. For a quarter of a century, Mezzanotte has maintained its white tablecloth approach to Italian food using local organic ingredients.

“We’re equally proud of opening Capiche at Magothy Gateway Village with a street-food perspective that’s fast and fun,” Koukoulis said. “There’s counter service with four menu options at $8.50 each – pizzas, pastas and piatas.”

The broader fare at Mezzanotte will be temporarily unavailable as the restaurant closes on July 30 for renovation.

Easily accessible at Park Plaza off Ritchie Highway, Bill Bateman’s Bistro and Ledo Pizza have long drawn locals with their casual menus and relaxed atmospheres and they’re offering daily specials this week. Ledo’s, which often hosts chamber events, has been recently renovated.

An equally popular host for GSPACC events is family owned Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar off Ritchie Highway at Robinson Crossing Shopping Center – an eatery specializing in Mediterranean cuisine.


Park Deli, on Benfield Road, where salads, Panini’s and classic sandwiches rule the day, provides quick-stop service and deliveries.

O’Loughlin’s Restaurant and Pub in Bay Hills Shopping Center in Arnold has a casual menu of foods with an Irish flare whereas Broadneck Grill and Cantina in Cape St. Claire features Mexican cuisine.

Hellas Restaurant and Lounge, on Veterans Highway in Millersville, is renowned for its menu featuring Greek specialties and lavish desserts. Catty corner from Hella’s on Veterans Highway is Ellie’s Place which serves popular American fare in a pub setting.

Pasadena bound? With a nod to America’s history, patriotically decorated Founders Tavern & Grille at 8125 Ritchie Highway serves traditional dishes prepared with fresh locally sourced meats, seafood and produce.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill at 8030 Ritchie Highway has pleased local palates for many years with Sicilian influenced soups, salads and entrees – wood-fired pizzas too.

Steak and fish are offered at Two Rivers Steak & Fish House at 4105 Mountain Road. There are plenty of oyster and crab dishes as well.

Visit www.severnaparkchamber.com/event/gspaccs-restaraunt-week-july-1-2018-july-7-2018/ for a full listing of participating restaurants complete with menus.

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