York Restaurant Week 2012 kicks off Feb. 25

FlipSide file; Server Jeremy Wilson takes the orders of Corinne Friedel of Lancaster and Bill Stickney of York Township on a recent Friday at The Left Bank in York.

As a fledgling foodie, I often long for the varied flavors of big cities. But York offers a palate prep course – Thai, Spanish, Italian, Irish and French cuisine is just around the corner. Even though I try to be adventurous, it’s easy to fall into food ruts when time and budget are tight.

No more excuses: The mayor says so. Try something new or discover old favorites during York Restaurant Week, which runs Feb. 25 to March 9. Mayor Kim Bracey introduced the initiative last year. Since the restaurants on York’s list ranged from causal to upscale, participating venues agreed on serving new lunch and dinner options during the nine days of Restaurant Week. Item prices would end in nine.

Kim Walsh-Phillips said Inside Out Creative staff sent out surveys to the participants. Walsh-Phillips said restaurants said they saw new and returning customers and increased sales. That was the point of the week: To increase downtown traffic and revitalize the economy, especially during a downtime.

This year, there are nine confirmed restaurants. Many returned, and there are a few new names on the list, including The Cheese Steak Spot. This year also has a theme: A Celebration of York’s Many Cultures. Walsh-Phillips said dishes served will make people more aware about the variety of eats right around the corner. She added that many items will be listed when they become available. Read more.

York Restaurant Week participants
The Cheese Steak Spot, 153 S. Beaver St.
The Left Bank, 120 N. George St.
Central Family Restaurant, 400 N. George St.
White Rose Bar & Grill, 48 N. Beaver St.
Maewyn’s Irish Pub, 110 N. George St.
Central Market, 34 W. Philadelphia St., vendors: Bair’s Fried Chicken, Simply Soup, Under One Sun, Pronto Pizza & Pasta

More food events:
Read about the Liquid Hero Beer Dinner 7 p.m. March 6 at The White Rose Bar and Grill, 48 N. Beaver St., York.

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