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Baltimore County Restaurant Week kicks off Friday with nearly 70 participating businesses

Looking for a place to nosh this week? Try a discounted meal at one of 67 spots participating in Baltimore County Restaurant Week, starting Friday, Jan. 17.

The deals actually last for 16 days, with the last day on Saturday, Feb. 1. What began a decade ago with just 14 restaurants has since grown “by leaps and bounds,” and this year offers the largest variety of participating businesses, Baltimore County tourism manager Marjorie Hampson said.

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If you’ve taken advantage of the county’s restaurant week before, you might want to check out the nine new businesses participating this year: Catonsville Gourmet, Franco’s Italian Bistro, Black Kettle and State Fare, all in Catonsville; C&R Pub in Towson; Al’s Seafood in Essex; Rathskeller in Elkridge; The Curious Oyster in Nottingham; and Lyfe Café in Towson.

A full list of participating restaurants is available here. Here are just a few of the county spots you can go to enjoy fixed-price specials between $15 and $35.

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General manager Litsa Wethern prepares a dish at Dimitri's International Grill in Catonsville, MD on Thursday, May 26, 2016.
General manager Litsa Wethern prepares a dish at Dimitri's International Grill in Catonsville, MD on Thursday, May 26, 2016. (Jen Rynda / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Dimitri’s International Grille

Dimitri’s offers Mediterranean, American and Italian options, and for the next two weeks, includes a two course menu with prices at $18.20, $21.20 and $22.20. Enjoy a Greek salad, Avgolemeno soup or tzatziki with pita for your first course, and fill up with Greek veggie tacos, small eggplant rollanine or vegan primavera for your second.

(2205 Frederick Road, Catonsville, 410-747-1927)

Dock of the Bay

Nestled behind Craighill Lighthouse, patrons get a sprawling view of the Chesapeake Bay, clear across to the Eastern Shore, according to the seafood joint’s website — and until Feb. 1, have three-course lunch and dinner options, priced at $20 and $32, respectively. Lunch options include two sides, like an eggplant casserole or Maryland crab soup for starters, then oyster po’boy or shrimp salad sandwich as the main course. Desserts include rice pudding, a peanut butter brownie and flan. For dinner, get your fill with a 10 oz. filet mignon, seafood Alfredo or stuffed shrimp (baked with crab imperial and topped with a sweet imperial sauce).

(9025 Cuckold Point Road, Sparrows Point, 410-477-8100)

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Fried chicken is served with a variety of side dishes at the Friendly Farm Restaurant in Upperco.
Fried chicken is served with a variety of side dishes at the Friendly Farm Restaurant in Upperco. (Doug Kapustin, Baltimore Sun)

Friendly Farm Restaurant

This family-owned restaurant began serving home-style cooking in 1959 out of Jack and Dorothy Wilhelm’s home, expanding a few years later to another building on the Wilhelm’s 200-acre Upperco farmland. Described by The Baltimore Sun as a charming banquet hall dressed up as a country kitchen, Friendly Farm is offering a special menu of five meals ranging from the $18.95 broiled pork chops to the $28.95 land and sea special — a broiled 6 oz. jumbo lump crab cake and two pieces of fried chicken. Children’s options are also available for $5.95.

(17434 Foreston Road, Upperco, 410-239-7400)

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Kooper’s

Named after the yellow lab belonging to restaurant proprietors Patrick and Katie Russell, Kooper’s offers casual American fare and an extensive not-at-discount beer and wine selection. Its Jacksonville and Lutherville-Timonium locations are offering a duo of two-course and three-course options. For $15, customers can choose between beet salad, French onion soup and bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers for their first course, then move on to Korean BBQ cauliflower tacos, a “south of the boarder” steak sandwich on ciabatta and drizzled with chIli lime aioli, or sesame soy salmon salad with house-made ginger dressing. For dessert, pick a salted caramel cheesecake or chocolate pudding, bringing the meal to $22. For the second two-course option, pay $28 for blackened chicken carbonara, prime rib and mashed potatoes, or a “poke bowl” of encrusted Ahi tuna over rice, pineapple, avocado and ginger with a sesame soy sauce. Add dessert to that for $35.

(3491 Sweet Air Road, Jackonsville, 43-689-7252; 12240 Tullamore Road, Lutherville-Timonium, 410-853-7324)

Timonium, MD-9/8/15--Lobster and shrimp tetrazzini is on the menu at Liberatore's Ristorante on Deereco Road. Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun-#52746.
Timonium, MD-9/8/15--Lobster and shrimp tetrazzini is on the menu at Liberatore's Ristorante on Deereco Road. Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun-#52746. (Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun)

Liberatore’s Ristorante & Catering

The more casual of the Liberatore’s six locations, Liberatore’s in Perry Hall is offering numerous discounted entrees for two- and three-course meals. For $15.20, lunch items range from a chicken saltimbocca sandwich topped with sage mayonnaise, tomato, prosciutto and melted mozzarella to shrimp fra diavolo drenched in a spicy red sauce. The second course— dessert — includes Oreo cake, cannoli and tiramisu. For $30.20, patrons can enjoy one of 10 appetizers and entrée options like rigatoni vodka with fresh spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and parmigiana cheese; linguini white clam sauce; eggplant or chicken parmigiana; a New York strip steak with veggies and mashed potatoes; and more. Dessert options are the same. Their tapas place Liquid Lib’s and their Timonium location are also participating.

(5005 Honeygo Center Drive, Perry Hall, 410-529-4567)

The lamb shank at La Food Marketa in the Quarry Lake shopping center.
The lamb shank at La Food Marketa in the Quarry Lake shopping center. (Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun)

La Food Marketa

This Pikesville restaurant opened in 2016 as a spinoff of the Food Market in Hampden, and features American cuisine with Central and South American influences. With one $28.20 special, guests can select from a list of five appetizers, entrees and desserts, starting with fried green tomato with shrimp dip queso; green enchilada chicken soup; or fire-roasted albondigas. For your main course, there’s the grilled rainbow trout, roasted butternut squash tostadas or the pasta del marva with mussels, shrimp and linguini, seasoned with fresh herbs and garlic tomato. Dessert options include a half-baked brownie with torched marshmallow vanilla ice cream, Mexican chocolate bread pudding, and a plantain empanada with vanilla custard filling and sweetened with cinnamon sugar.

(2620 Quarry Lake Drive, Greenspring, 410-415-0606)

French Fries with Curry Ketchup and Beef Wiener at The Rathskeller in historic Elkridge. November 12, 2019.
French Fries with Curry Ketchup and Beef Wiener at The Rathskeller in historic Elkridge. November 12, 2019. (Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun)

Rathskeller

This newly opened, German-inspired bar and restaurant takes up shop in the basement of a former Elkridge quilt shop, and is offering a $20 lunch special Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that includes, for starters, crispy Brussels sprouts with a balsamic glaze, soft pretzels or flammkuchen — a flatbread with prosciutto, caramelized onion, arugula and crème fraiche. For your meal, choose from four entrees of bratwurst and sauerkraut, kebabs or a cheeseburger. For $5 extra, Rathskeller offers Black Forest cake or blackberry cheesecake. The $30 dinner special becomes available at 4 p.m. seven days a week, and includes pan-seared salmon, goulash or the cowboy pork chop as the main course.

(5782 Main Street, Elkridge, 410-862-2518)

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