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A look at the offerings during Baltimore County Restaurant Week

Baltimore County Restaurant Week is organized by the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce and provides local diners an opportunity to try many different county eateries at a low, fixed price. If you have been thinking about trying that restaurant that you previously assumed was out of your price range, or you are just looking to broaden your culinary spectrum, this is the promotion for you. Restaurant Week is your chance to give these establishments a try while knowing exactly what you will be spending.

Baltimore County Restaurant Week happens twice a year — in January and in August. This year, between Jan. 9 and 24, 49 local restaurants will be participating, offering prix fixe menus featuring seasonal fare with prices ranging from $15.14 to $35.14. The participating restaurants will offer prix fixe Restaurant Week menus for lunch, dinner or both. Restaurant Week offers restaurants the chance to present their dishes to the community and spread the word about their offerings.

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If you are looking to dine at a restaurant in the immediate area, you may want to try Artful Gourmet Bistro, Linwoods or Stone's Cove Kitbar, all of which are in Owings Mills, or The Grill at Harryman House in Reisterstown. Glyndon Grill in Glyndon and Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Pikeville are also close by and will feature special menus during the promotion. If you want to branch out and try somewhere a little farther out in the county, Yassou Greek Bistro, Ryleigh's Oyster and Barrett's Grill in Hunt Valley are only a short drive away and will be sure to please your pallet. In Cockeysville, The Oregon Grille, Vito Ristorante, and Pappas are also participating in the promotion. For a full list of participating restaurants, you can visit the Baltimore County Restaurant Week website at http://www.baltimorecountyrestaurantweek.com/.

If you are a Restaurant Week dining veteran, you may be excited to try Ocean Pride in Cockeysville, Costas Inn in Baltimore or Hard Yacht Café in Dundalk, all of which are new participants.

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Restaurant Week menus, links to participating establishments' websites and links for reservations are available on the Baltimore County Restaurant Week website. It is strongly suggested that you make reservations in advance, especially on weekend evenings. All of the participating restaurants will feature their regular seasonal menus as well, so members of your party are not limited to the promotional menu. Also, keep in mind that the pre fixe menu prices do not include beverages, tax or gratuity.

With featured dishes such as the seared diver scallops, truffle whipped potatoes, wild mushrooms, asparagus and beurre blanc at Christopher Daniel, and the roasted beets, pistachio vinaigrette and bleu cheese cream at Linwoods, I, for one, am making my reservations now. I may even have to venture over to Cunningham's to devour some apple crisp made with Reid's orchard apples, or to Conrad's to savor the chocolate bourbon cake.

Kelly Scible is a Reisterstown resident and can be reached at kellyscible@gmail.com.

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