With every passing year, Lancaster City Restaurant Week adds more participating eateries and more options to enjoy great food on a budget.
On this go-round, nearly 40 different restaurants are taking part, offering meals ranging from familiar bar food to worldly cuisines you'd usually have to travel a few hundred miles for. For those looking for the perfect combination of meals, we've assembled some below. Lancaster City Restaurant Week ends this Sunday, Sept. 16.
Lunch & Dinner
-Make your way to Sprout (58 N. Prince St.) and order up a roll, banh mi and drink of your choosing. We'd recommend the combo of Goi Cuon Tom & Thit Heo, a rice paper wrapped spring roll with shrimp, pork, vermicelli, bean sprouts, basil and lettuce, with Banh Mi Chay, which is slices of deep-fried tofu served with Chinese radish, onions, cucumbers, jalapeno peppers and julienne carrots. Wash that down with a sweet jasmine lime tea and you'll be energized to get back to work for only $10. If it's a nice evening out, head to Altana Rooftop Lounge (26 E. King St.) for a $20 three-course dinner. There's a ton of options, but shoot for the bruschetta with tomato and basil as a starter, followed by the sweet peach and prosciutto pizza. Dessert comes in the form of house made limoncello. Total price - $30.
-Though the Fridge (534 N. Mulberry St.) is known more for their array of delectable pizzas, don't sleep on the 2-for-$10 beef brisket taco special, featuring pico de gallo, refried beans, and pickled long hots. It might be too early for a beer with lunch - or maybe not! - but by dinnertime, you might want to share one with a friend or date, so head to the Red Rose Tavern (300 W. James St.) for its $30 dinner deal, featuring one small plate, two large plates and a dessert. We recommend the bacon Caesar salad, followed by the fish & chips and Red Rose burger, before finishing your classy evening with a creme brulee. Total price - $40
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
-For those of you who want an all-encapsulating Restaurant Week experience, there are a handful of restaurants offering breakfast deals. For our money (and yours), the best option comes down to either Max's Eatery (38 W. King St.) or Commonwealth on Queen (301 N. Queen St.). For the former, go for the Burrito Jefe, a combination of chorizo, scrambled eggs, tots and sweet onion topped with salsa verde and queso fresco, with a cup of coffee and juice on the side. For the latter, shoot for the Meadow Sandwich, a combination of goat cheese, arugala, avocado, lemon oil and an egg on grilled wheat bread and pair it with the Milk & Honey espresso. No matter which you choose, it'll still be $10. If you've got time to spare during the lunch hour, head to the Belvedere Inn (402 N. Queen St.) and indulge in the three-course lunch offerings. Start with the soup du jour before moving on to the smoked salmon penne with tomatoes and pesto cream sauce. Finish off with the chocolate mousse before waddling back to your place of business, satisfied in knowing that you only just spent $20. If you can possibly handle more food - and of course you can - close out your delectable day at Almaz Ethiopian Restaurant (701 E. Walnut St.) Bring along that date of yours and split the hummus and whole green lentils before moving on to the Siga Wat (lean bottom round spiced with red sauce in a stew) and Yebeg Wat (similar to the Siga Wat but with tender leg of lamb), each served with traditional Ethiopian flatbread. All that for $20? Yes please. Total cost for the day - $50.
Obviously, there are many more food choices to pick from, so check out the Restaurant Week website here and remember to enjoy your local eateries all year round.