Foodie February: Menus heat up for Restaurant Week

Record-Eagle file photo/Tessa LightyThe Good Bowl is one of 41 restaurants participating in Traverse City Restaurant Week, Feb. 24-March 2.

TRAVERSE CITY — Neither snow nor sleet nor ice nor whiteout of night can stay chefs and patrons from Traverse City Restaurant Week.

“Out of all times of the year, February is when our website sees the most action and it's because of this event,” said Nick Viox, events and projects coordinator for Downtown Traverse City, which organizes the event. “Even in comparison to when Cherry Festival is here or Film Fest is here or when it’s actually enjoyable to be outside, this is just the highest website traffic — and it’s because people are looking for menus from these restaurants for great deals.”

The annual event is a chance for locals and visitors to experience the culinary delights of Traverse City at special rates. This year’s Restaurant Week, Feb. 24-March 2, features 41 eateries, each offering a three-course meal for $25 or $35. Beverages, taxes and gratuities are not included.

Guests can enjoy entrees like Prime Beef Tenderloin, Duck & Waffles, Clay Pot Chicken or Smash Burgers, first courses like Lobster Bisque, Green Papaya Salad or Pear-Blue Cheese Bruschetta, and desserts like Chocolate Ganache Cheesecake, Coconut Creme Brulee, or Vanilla Pizzelle at Slate, The Good Bowl and Sparks BBQ. All three are participating in Restaurant Week for the first time.

Viox said the Cooks’ House sold out early but, like some other restaurants, will offer deals during the entire month.

Reservations are strongly encouraged.

“Some restaurants have expressed to us that it’s similar to a week in July,” Viox said.