Raise your fork for Restaurant Week York

February 19. 2013 10:00AM - Last modified: February 19. 2013 10:08AM

Erica Streisfeld

While I don't live in York, I may have to eat there several times during Restaurant Week York, Feb. 23 through March 2. I'm honestly impressed with the sheer number of eateries that are coming together for this event, including smaller places offering desserts, snacks and drinks. Harrisburg and Hershey, you may want to take note.

The three-course dinner in the Commonwealth Room at the Yorktowne Hotel: house salad, surf and turf, and a peppermint patty dessert. Photo/The Susquehanna Photographic

Participating York restaurants will be offering prix-fixe menu options, such as $10 lunch specials and $20 and $30 three-course dinners. Whether you're a foodie or a foodie-wannabe, I think this will be right up your alley.

What are my picks? I'll definitely be making a stop at The Left Bank Restaurant and Bar for the panko-chicken meatball "lollipops" with blue cheese fondue and Buffalo honey drizzle, thyme-roasted chicken with butternut squash risotto and the rustic apple tart. I'm also torn between the chicken, chorizo sausage, shrimp and scallop paella at the OffCenter Grill and the surf and turf — filet with roasted tomato demi and scallops with lemon cream — in the Commonwealth Room at the Yorktowne Hotel. York Blue Moon is a must, mostly because I know that the irresistible chocolate empanadas are included in the three-course dinner.

For lunch, I may head to Maewyn's for a Reuben or Rachel or, better yet, a Pretzel Devonshire — grilled smoked turkey breast topped with broccoli, sweet and spicy bacon, cooper cheese and poppyseed mustard on a toasted pretzel roll. Yum!

Want a little more of the exotic? Viet Thai Market Street Café offers up pho and my favorite, summer rolls. Or visit Central Market for specials at NAMA Sushi, Simply Soup, Bair's Fried Chicken and J.R.'s Fresh Cut French Fries, to name a few. And don't forget, you'll get 20 percent off your total purchase at Just Cupcakes if you mention Restaurant Week York.

Take a look at all the Restaurant Week York participants below. What will be your first stop?

Bair's Fried Chicken (Central Market House), 34 W. Philadelphia St., 717-848-1945

Central Family Restaurant, 400 N. George St., 717-845-4478

The Green Bean Roasting Co., 100 S. Beaver St., 717-848-4070

J.R.'s Fresh Cut French Fries (Central Market House), 34 W. Philadelphia St., 717-332-2502

Just Cupcakes, 9 W. Philadelphia St., 717-848-4488

The Left Bank Restaurant and Bar, 120 N. George St., 717-843-8010

Maewyn's, 110 N. George St., 717-718-7800

Mudhook Brewing Co., 34 N. Cherry Lane, 717-747-3605

NAMA Sushi (Central Market House), 34 W. Philadelphia St., 717-425-4747

New Grounds Roasting Co., 284 W. Market St., 717-843-0716

Nuts About Granola, 46 W. Philadelphia St., 717-814-9648

The Roosevelt Tavern, 50 N. Penn St., 717-854-7725

Sharon's Sweet Shop, 39 W. Market St., 717-801-2890

Simply Soup, (Central Market House), 34 W. Philadelphia St., 717-515-0680

The Stadium Grille of York, 133 N. Duke St., 717-845-3725

Stage Deli on George, 26 N. George St., 717-668-8193

Student-Run Bake Shoppe, 44 W. Philadelphia St., 717-848-8339

Take Five Expresso Bar (Central Market House), 34 W. Philadelphia St., 717-846-4152

Tanzania Seafood and Jazz, 29 E. Princess St., 717-846-8000

Varsity Smoke Shack, 39 W. Market St., 717-885-5356

Viet Thai Market Street Café, 917 E. Market St., 717-846-9302

White Rose Bar and Grill, 48 N. Beaver St., 717-848-5369

York Blue Moon, 361 W. Market St., 717-854-6664

Yorktowne Hotel, 48 E. Market St., 717-848-1111