BALTIMORE (WJZ)—It starts Friday and lasts for 10 days, and if you like good food at bargain prices this is your time of year.

Ron Matz reports on all the sizzle as Baltimore Restaurant Week gets underway.

At Harborplace the appetizer challenge kicks off the big celebration. In Little Italy, Sabatino’s is ready for Baltimore’s summer food frenzy.

Restaurant week is back.

“This is the seventh summer for restaurant week in Baltimore. It’s still one of the largest. There’s almost 100 restaurants participating again. We’re seeing many of the restaurants as repeat customers. They see value in it, and the people keep coming,” said Mike Evitts, Downtown Partnership.

Favorites are on the menu, including the famous bookmaker salad.

“Sabatino’s always participates in restaurant week. Summer is particularly exciting for us. Many people have the opportunity to travel a little bit further than winter restaurant week,” said Lisa Morekas, Sabatino’s.

About 100 restaurants are offering the big discounts. Three course dinners are $30.12.

“You get a starter, an entree and a dessert. We cut our steaks fresh in house. We take great pride in our steaks,” said Ben Erjavec, executive chef of Sullivan’s steakhouse.

At Sullivan’s steakhouse, they come for the steaks and seafood. The dining room will be crowded.

“It’s a huge deal. It brings people into the city. It gives people a chance to experience restaurants they may not normally don’t go to. It brings business into the city,” Erjavec said.

“We’ll be offering other discounts,” Morekas said. “We are featuring our six most popular wines deeply discounted. The garlic bread will be discounted, so there are other things we are offering in addition to the great bargain restaurant week is.”

Baltimore’s restaurant week continues for 10 days and includes two weekends, so make your reservations early.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for us. We know that during restaurant week a lot of our customers are new faces, and that’s a great opportunity to do what we do best, serve delicious food with great service,” Morekas said.

This is Baltimore’s seventh summer restaurant week.

“One of the great things about restaurant week is that it pulls people into the city to restaurants they may not have discovered before and also to neighborhoods they may not have discovered before, and that’s why the restaurants enjoy it,” Evitts said.

For a list of the participating restaurants, click here.


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