Simply put – to support the community we live in. (And because it’s our monthly “Friends Night Out” outing.)
I’m not participating because I want to try a restaurant; I’ve been to all but one participating place. I’m going because a lot of these places are rather empty during the week. And I’m going to tip generously (if the service is decent) because the employees rely on those tips for income.
There are many observations I’ve made with this year’s promotion. And here they are:
First, two of the “hottest” restaurants in town are not on the list: Red Red Wine and Level. Why? Is it because they didn’t want to pay money to those organizing the efforts? Possibly, and I don’t know that I’d disagree with them if that was their reasoning.
Or maybe because they won’t pay to advertise and don’t need gimmicks to get people in their door? Guess what guys? I don’t think Annapolis Restaurant Week is a great thing either, but I’m partaking because I’m supporting our community. And quite frankly, I think you should, too.
Second, Vin 909, who, in my not-so-humble opinion, is the best restaurant in town, is participating. AND they’re including a glass of wine with your meal. (side note, John Barry, inside the O’Callaghan’s is also including booze!) AND the dinner menu gives you an entire choice! Proof again that they know what they’re doing. They keep it real and stay one step ahead of the game. I bet there’s a wait every night of the week for a table. And that wait will totally be worth it.
Third, the menu for Rams Head leaves a lot to be desired. You get a choice of soup for lunch plus a specific dish. For dinner, it’s a set menu. Period. End of discussion. No option. No Fordham draft included. When a senior person within Rams Head is also spearheading Restaurant Week, you’d think the options might be better. Right?
Fourth, my personal favorite restaurant in town is not participating. I’m not sure if they were approached as the focus this year is on downtown but I’m rather disappointed to not see them on the list. I obviously don’t need an excuse to dine at Sin Fronteras, but I think it’d be great exposure for them. If you haven’t been, you’re missing out. Just keep in mind that he’s able to keep his prices reasonable because his rent is extremely low. When you visit, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. And if you still don’t believe me, just check out their yelp reviews. For dessert, go next door and buy yourself a 40. They have the largest selection in town… chilled and ready to enjoy!
Osteria and Aqua Terra… y’all could use some business… you should have said yes!
So what do you think? Are you participating… and if so, where ya headed?
I sort of feel like the whole concept of restaurant week has run its course. If it’s gonna happen again for 2013, I have some ideas…