Now that masks have become as essential as your wallet when dining out, social distancing and customer safety comes naturally to most restaurants. As such, Howard County, Maryland, is excited to host Restaurant Weeks & Craft Beverages from Jan. 18 to 31. Over 20 restaurants with a variety of cuisines will be offering dine-in, curbside, and delivery options so that diners can choose to support their community and enjoy a top-notch meal, while also staying safe and comfortable.
One of the participating restaurants is Ellicott City hotspot, Iron Bridge Wine Company, best known for its American cuisine and wide base of beer, wine and cocktails. Delectable dishes like mushroom risotto and speck prosciutto grilled cheese are just a couple of the regular selections available. Paired with a crisp white wine or a smooth porter, Iron Bridge Wine Company’s menu is a welcome return to the Restaurant Week line-up.
Steve Wecker, co-owner of both Iron Bridge Wine Company as well as Cured 18th and 21st in Columbia, believes that this year’s Restaurant Weeks will be crucial to the establishments’ and community’s continued recovery from COVID-19 related shutdowns.
“Restaurants make up the fabric of the community,” Wecker noted. “In unprecedented times, the restaurant industry is struggling. Whether dining in, taking out or buying a gift certificate for later, supporting local establishments in this year’s restaurant week can make a huge difference.”
Vegan diners will be pleased to know that Great Sage in Clarksville will also be participating in Howard County’s Restaurant Week. Part of the Conscious Corner family of businesses, Great Sage uses organic ingredients from around the world and is committed to promoting healthy and mindful living and dining. This includes supporting small businesses, organic farms, socially responsible companies and more.
“Great Sage is excited to once again be a part of Howard County Restaurant Weeks,” said Angel Smith, general manager of Great Sage. “Our customers are like family, and we are so grateful to be able to provide delicious, comforting food to the amazing community that has kept our business and spirits up during these challenging times.”
Other establishments partaking in this year’s restaurant week include Howard County favorites like The White Oak Tavern in Ellicott City, known for its award-winning burgers and extensive tap list, The Turn House in Columbia, which serves an array of Maryland’s favorite seafood selections, and Tasty Empanadas in Clarksville, a restaurant that brings Paraguayan culture and street food to the table.
Along with restaurants taking regular safety precautions, Lost Ark Distilling Co., Howard County’s first craft distillery located in Columbia, will be providing a six-pack of hand sanitizer to each participating establishment to continue promoting safe dining experiences for staff and customers.
If dining indoors at any of the locations, be sure to wear a mask when not eating or drinking and maintain a six-foot distance from other diners and staff members.
For more information on participating locations, menus and safety precautions, go to visithowardcounty.com/howard-county-restaurant-weeks.