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Yorkers flock downtown as Restaurant Week begins

David Weissman
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  • Restaurant Week, which will run through Feb. 27, kicked off on Saturday, Feb. 20.
  • 30 participating restaurants are offering special menus with $5, $10 $15, $20, $30 and $40 options.

Carole Bitzer was already taking advantage of the 2016 Restaurant Week for the second time when she carried her chocolate-stuffed pretzel out from York City Pretzel Company Saturday around noon.

Clockwise from left, John Fafara, Mary Bross, Megan Donley, Tom Donley and Cindy Donley have buffalo chicken pizza from Mezzogiorno's as part of Restaurant Week York on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Central Market. Amanda J. Cain photo

The Mount Wolf resident had already stopped by Busy Bee in Central Market while her husband, Scott, and son, Alex, had recently finished eating next door at Baron Von Schwein.

The Bitzer family was one of many eating lunch downtown Saturday, which marked the official kick off of the 6th annual Restaurant Week York.

The eight-day event features 30 participating restaurants offering special $5 and $10 breakfast menus, $5, $10 and $15 lunch menus, and $20, $30 and $40 dinner menus. The specials will run through Feb. 27.

Ernesto Jr, left, Ernesto III and Dao Flores eat at York City Pretzel, as part of Restaurant week Saturday Feb. 20, 2016. Amanda J. Cain photo

Anita Massey, of Manchester Township, was taking in her first Restaurant Week York with a $10 lunch special at Busy Bee that includes soup, a soda and Air and Space sandwich, which contains bologna, cheese and Doritos on a pretzel roll.

"I was at Mudhook Brewery with my boyfriend last night and saw a sign (for Restaurant Week), so I figured I'd check it out," Massey said. "I'm going to have to check online to see where else I can go."

York restaurants try something new for Restaurant Week

The participating restaurants include: Bair's Fried Chicken, Baron Von Schwein, BrewVino, The Busy Bee, Central Family Restaurant, Coomb's Tavern, DiCarlo's Pizza, Esaan Thai Restaurant,  Front Porch Cafe, The Green Bean Roasting Co., J.R.'s Fries at Central Market, The Left Bank Restaurant & Bar, Mezzogiorno, Mi Caldero Restaurant, Mudhook Brewing Co., Offcenter Grill at the Yorktowne Hotel, Roosevelt Tavern, Sharmini's Kitchen, Tutoni's, White Rose Bar and Grill, York Blue Moon, York City Pretzel Co., Glazin', i-ron-ic, Otto's Kitchen and Cocktails, The Copper Crust Co., The Holy Hound, Joyful Garden, Forno Bova and Coffee, Teas and Thee.

Kelley Gibson was finishing up lunch at J.R.'s Fries with her 6- and 8-year-old daughters, but none of them ended up taking advantage of the restaurant's specials, she said.

Kaelin Gibson, 6, left, and Madelyn Gibson, 8, both of Springettsbury Twp, eat food from J.R.'s French Fries, as part of Restaurant week Saturday Feb. 20, 2016, at Central Market. Amanda J. Cain photo

A Springettsbury Township resident who works downtown at the Cultural Alliance, Gibson said she has participated in Restaurant Week York every year.

"It's a great excuse not to bring lunch for a week," she said.

Gibson said she was looking forward to trying out some of event's first-time participants, including Holy Hound Taproom and Otto's Kitchen and Cocktails.

Alexis Thornton and Derek Ober, of Windsor Township, were already checking out Otto's, though they both said they had eaten there previously.

"(Restaurant Week) is a nice reason to try a couple extra places," Ober said. "We usually only eat down here a couple times a month."

The Bitzers, Gibson and Ober all said The Left Bank Restaurant & Bar was on their list of places to go during the week.

"It's a lot cheaper than normal," Alex Bitzer said of Left Bank during Restaurant Week. "I've only been once before, and it was great, so I'm excited."

— Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com.