Restaurant Week kicks off this weekend

Published 7:35 pm Tuesday, March 15, 2022

The spring edition of the highly anticipated Restaurant Week kicks off this Saturday and will continue through the following Saturday, March 26th. This year’s culinary event will showcase 10 local eateries each with its own unique menu.

The participating eateries will offer simple three-course, price-fixed menus in the categories of “deluxe,” “premier” and “ultimate.” Pricing is $10 breakfast or lunch and $20 dinner for deluxe, $15 breakfast or lunch and $30 dinner for premier, and $20 lunch and $40 dinner for ultimate. Some of the restaurants will also offer specially priced family meals.

“The whole idea behind the event is to highlight the great eateries here in Suffolk, and there’s so many to talk about,” said Kathleen Kelley, Suffolk tourism development specialist. “We really just want to help these local businesses get more people in the door — especially now that these places are bouncing back from COVID.”

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Kelley, who has been part of Restaurant Week for a decade, said diners can’t go wrong with their choices.

“You can’t go into Suffolk and have a bad meal, all of the restaurants are great, so we’re just excited to work with the restaurant owners and local businesses to support them as much as possible,” she continued.

One of the participating restaurants is High Tide Restaurant and Raw Bar on North Commerce Street off Washington Street downtown. The locally owned and operated restaurant specializes in fresh, locally sourced oysters as well as a variety of seafood and steak dishes. High Tide is participating at the premier level and will be offering things like its popular chicken, shrimp or fish tacos for lunch and catfish for dinner.

“We’re grateful for this event to help us gain some more recognition. We opened in the middle of COVID, so a lot of people don’t even know we’re here, so we always appreciate restaurant week getting more people to come check us out,” said Katy Tew, owner of High Tide

There’s a wide variety of options featured in Restaurant Week this year, ranging from comfort food to seafood and from small, quiet restaurants to larger, higher-end eateries. Customers are encouraged to check out as many participating restaurants as possible during the week of the event.

“We have had people go to every single restaurant during the week,” Kelley said. “As soon as the menus come out, we have people planning their meals around the places they want to visit. We have a loyal fanbase that gets excited for this event every year.”

There’s no registration required, and diners can go to https://www.dininginsuffolkva.com to find the full list of participating restaurants and their menus.