Looking to discover your new favorite lunch or dinner spot? This is the week to explore.
Chefs across the county will be showcasing special menus designed to whet the appetites for local dishes as part of the second annual Loudoun Restaurant Week.
“We’re excited to be in our third year of business and the community has really supported us— especially during Restaurant Week,” said Santosh Tiptur, chef at The Conche at Village at Leesburg. “Our team is very committed and constantly developing new dishes featuring seasonal specials. Our Loudoun Restaurant Week menu will feature our guest favorites as well as new creations.”
Established last year through a partnership of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, Visit Loudoun andLoudoun Now, the weeklong foodie event includes restaurants from around the county.
At Ford’s Fish Shack, diners that week can choose to Eat Like a Mainer (think lobster rolls), Eat Like a Bostonian (perhaps a fish and chips entrée?) or Eat Like a Ford’s Regular. Each of the three menus will feature an appetizer, entrée and dessert themed around beloved Maine, Boston and Ford’s Fish Shack dishes.
“I take my most popular regular menu items and discount them at a 3-course price,” owner Tony Stafford said, adding that Loudoun Restaurant Week has helped draw in first-time guests who haven’t been to their Ashburn, Lansdowne or South Riding locations. Last year his restaurants experienced a spike in business of about 14 to 19 percent compared to the weeks prior and after the week.
“Last year’s Restaurant Week went great and it hit on all the metrics we were trying to accomplish, which included introducing Loudoun restaurants to a larger audience,” Visit Loudoun President and CEO Beth Erickson said, noting that through marketing and PR efforts, the campaign reached more than 1.2 million people. “The restaurant scene continues to evolve and provide wonderful dining options to residents and visitors alike.”
“The deals with Restaurant Week allow you to explore multiple dining options and find your new favorite restaurant in Loudoun,” Erickson said.
“Loudoun County has, in my opinion, the best restaurants in our region and Restaurant Week for me is a great opportunity to go and try as many of them as I can with my friends and family, said Grafton DeButts, vice president of membership and government affairs at Loudoun Chamber of Commerce. DeButts coordinates the recruitment of restaurants and offers chefs assistance on developing pricing, menus and pairings that will entice new customers. “We encourage restaurants to offer something new and unique, paired with their signature dishes that customers will see when they come back,” he said.
Ready to make your Restaurant Week list? You can view all the special lunch and dinner menus at loudounrestaurantweek.com. Also, be sure to use #TasteLoudoun when sharing your culinary experiences on social media.
Enter to Win Restaurant Givaways
In addition to special menus inviting residents to try out new eateries, the participants in Loudoun Restaurant Week have contributed an assortment of gift cards and other prizes to reward diners.
To qualify, go to the event website—loudounrestaurantweek.com—and enter your name, email address and ZIP code in the Restaurant Week Giveaway section.
Winners will be selected from a random drawing during the Aug. 23- 30 event and will be notified via email.