BALTIMORE (WJZ) — You may still be working on your summer body, but we’re giving you permission to take a break.

Starting Friday, Baltimore area restaurants will be featuring deals for food and drinks during the 18th Annual Baltimore Restaurant Week.

More than 100 different restaurants and cuisine types are listed in Baltimore and Baltimore County. There are a variety of foods you can try such as seafood, Greek, Asian, a steakhouse, and other options.

“Restaurant week is fun for me personally because we get to put brand new stuff on the menu,” Chef Johntay Bedingfield, of La Food Marketa, said. “There are 15 new dishes- so five new appetizers. five new entres, five new deserts.”

Chef Bedingfield, who won Food Network’s Chopped last May, said he is looking forward to seeing new faces.

“Just to generate some new clients, get people to come out from all parts of the county and city they don’t typically get to

Baltimore Restaurant Week officially kicks off Friday, August 2 and continues through until Sunday, August 11. People can choose to enjoy two-course brunch and lunch menus from $12 to $20, and three-course dinner menus from $20 to $35.

Eating local is something tourism leaders say blends the community and sustains the economy.

“It’s a great knitting together of our local economy and it’s something we look forward to celebrating every year,” Will Anderson, Director of Economic Development for Baltimore County, said. “We see this boost, we see servers, their tips go up, we see the economics are real. It really celebrates our local community, so it’s fantastic.”

Organizers recommend making reservations early. Make sure to share your experience with Baltimore Restaurant Week on social media with the hashtag #BaltRW!

For the list of restaurants follow this link.


WJZ Intern, Raven McCree contributed to this story.


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