Editorial: Support local businesses during Carroll Restaurant Week

Hungry? Good news. Carroll County Restaurant Week began Sunday and continues through this coming Sunday, Aug. 19, offering plenty of good eats and better deals over the next few days.

More than two dozen local restaurants are participating this year, ranging from newcomers like the Eazy Does It Bar & Grille in Taneytown to places steeped in Carroll County tradition like Bullock’s Family Restaurant in Westminster, and from elegant dining at Baldwin’s Station in Sykesville to quick bites like Cryin’ Johnnies hot dogs in Mount Airy.


Each participating restaurant has a prix fixe, or fixed price, menu for the occasion, with all prices ending in .18 to mark the calendar year. Some are special menu items that are only available during Restaurant Week, while others include favorite dishes offered at a discount.

Why this week? August, traditionally, is a bit of a struggle for the restaurant industry as a whole. And Carroll County is no exception to that.

“People are finishing up their vacations; families are getting ready for school; high school athletics started this week,” said Bernie Vogel, owner of JeannieBird Baking Co. in Westminster, which has participated in Carroll’s Restaurant Week since the shop opened in 2014.

Getting a good deal on a great meal, restaurant owners hope, will be enough to entice customers to stop in during the week-long promotion.

And some of the deals are tough to beat: from the $10.18 steak fajitas at Rafael’s and $11.18 crab cake sandwich at The Buttersburg Inn for lunch and mouth-watering 3-course dinners at restaurants like Liberatore’s in Eldersburg, Rock Salt Grille in Westminster and Bistro 91 in Finksburg, to name a few.

You should feel good about supporting these Carroll restaurants, too. Not only will the money you spend on a great meal stay local, many of the participating restaurants purchase produce from Carroll farms, and support a number of other activities in the community, including sports teams and fundraisers.

If you’ve been thinking of finding a new favorite place to eat, or maybe just exploring the menu a bit more at an old standby, Restaurant Week is a great time to do so. We would encourage you to get out and try a place or two. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how many options Carroll County has to offer.

Visit the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce’s Restaurant Week page to view all of the menus at