SUMMER RESTAURANT WEEK: Sneak peek at some of the menus for 3-course meal deals to stay or to go

The Amber Rose Restaurant and Catering is a Dayton institution specializing in homemade Eastern European cuisine. On the restaurant’s regular menu is a bone-in smoked porkchop topped with cinnamon apple demi-glaze and served with mashed potatoes. The restaurant will be offering special dishes during Restaurant Week in addition to the regular menu items. LISA POWELL / STAFF
The Amber Rose Restaurant and Catering is a Dayton institution specializing in homemade Eastern European cuisine. On the restaurant’s regular menu is a bone-in smoked porkchop topped with cinnamon apple demi-glaze and served with mashed potatoes. The restaurant will be offering special dishes during Restaurant Week in addition to the regular menu items. LISA POWELL / STAFF

It’s Summer Restaurant Week, with nearly 30 restaurants around the region offering three-course meal deals. Summer restaurant week may operate a little bit differently this year, but it will still have the same value and flavor as it has had in the past.

The promotion, which began Sunday and runs through July 26, will donate funds to The Foodbank and a local education foundation, according to Amy Zahora, the Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s Executive Director.

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“This week gives consumers an array of menu options at a fantastic value all while supporting our amazing restaurants. The 6-foot distancing between tables has reduced their capacity, of course, so make sure to call and make reservations in advance. Also with the new mask mandate, please wear your mask when entering the restaurant and until you are seated. At your table, you do not need a mask. When you are moving about, mask up,” Zahora said. “Many of the restaurants are also offering curbside pickup for Summer Restaurant Week and many have expanded their patios, such as Carver’s and Wheat Penny. The promotion has a huge impact on restaurants. It helps increase their sales during the summer month. July is typically a slower month because people travel. And usually every year, I would have consumers call and ask when summer restaurant week is so they could plan their vacations around it. People really enjoy the event. And this year our restaurants need their customers more than ever.”

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Last summer, 45 restaurants participated. Zahora said if everyone comes on board who has expressed interest, there will be at 29 restaurants this year. New to the list this year is Romer’s Bar and Grill.

Costs range between $20.20 and $30.20 per person for three courses. Zahora estimates around 9,000 meals sold last year.

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS AND MENUS

Here’s a look at a handful of Restaurant Week special menus that caught our eye.

For a complete list of participating restaurants and what they’re serving, visit https://dineoutdayton.com/project/summer-restaurant-week-2020.

We recommend calling ahead to confirm participation and any carryout options available at each participating restaurant.

The Amber Rose Restaurant and Catering, 1400 Valley St., is a Dayton institution specializing in homemade Eastern European cuisine. LISA POWELL / STAFF
The Amber Rose Restaurant and Catering, 1400 Valley St., is a Dayton institution specializing in homemade Eastern European cuisine. LISA POWELL / STAFF

🍽️Amber Rose Restaurant

1400 Valley St., Dayton | (937) 228-2511

First course (choose one)

  • BBQ jalapeno-bacon Angus beef slider: Fresh Angus beef, jalapeno bacon topped with white cheddar cheese, house-made BBQ sauce and crispy onion rings on a bakery fresh bun.
  • Strawberry spinach salad: Fresh baby spinach tossed with fresh strawberries, feta cheese, red onions and house-made raspberry vinaigrette dressing

Entrée course

  • BBQ ribs ($20.20): Slow-cooked, fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs smothered in our house-made BBQ sauce and served with pub fries.
  • Bone-in pork chop ($25.20): Thick-cut bone-in apple-wood smoked pork chop topped with apple cinnamon glaze and served with roasted Brussel sprouts with bacon balsamic glaze.
  • Filet Migon ($30.20): Fresh Angus beef grilled and topped with herb butter and served with roasted Brussel sprouts with bacon balsamic glaze.

Dessert

Banana Foster bread pudding

Meadowlark restaurant in Washington Twp. is among the participants of Summer Restaurant Week by the Miami Valley Restaurant Association. PHOTO BY E.L. HUBBARD, CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
Meadowlark restaurant in Washington Twp. is among the participants of Summer Restaurant Week by the Miami Valley Restaurant Association. PHOTO BY E.L. HUBBARD, CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

🍽️Meadowlark Restaurant

5531 Far Hills Ave., Washington Twp.,| (937) 434-4750

Our Restaurant Week Menu is inspired by the summer comfort foods we all love and crave right now, with four courses for $30.20

Amuse bouche

Cheesy shrimp spread on crackers

Appetizer course choices

  • Mexican Grilled street corn with all the trimmings
  • Watermelon, tomato and cucumber salad with mint, cashews, and Nuoc Cham

Main course choices

  • Poached then grilled local zucchini with potatoes, corn, cherry tomatoes and spinach, slathered with Old Bay-nori butter
  • Fresh corn griddle cakes with blackened salmon filet and poblano pepper cream
  • Crunchy chicken Milanese with Italian “gravel”, pasta with butter and parmesan, and lemony arugula salad
  • Grilled summer pork and vegetable skewers on our favorite skillet rice

Dessert choices

  • Black bottom caramel pudding
  • Beachcomber Pie with Saltine Crust
  • Louisiana-style Root Beer Float
Patio of Pasha Grill at the Greene in Beavercreek. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)
Patio of Pasha Grill at the Greene in Beavercreek. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson)

🍽️Pasha Grill

72 Plum St., The Greene, Beavercreek | (937) 429-9000

Three-course meals for $20.20

Appetizers

  • Choose from humus, Ezme, Babaganush, Haydari, Pilaki, tabuli, eggplant with sauce, grape leaves or falafel.
  • Soups are lentil or chicken vegetable and salads are a house or a shepherd salad.

Entree

Entree choices include an adana kebab, doner kebab, chicken kebab, chicken adana kebab, kofte kebab, has has kebab, karniyarik, lahana sarma, chicken delight, doner special, mousaka, vegetable stew with lamb or chicken, filet of salmon or tilapia.

Desserts

Rice pudding, almond pudding and a milk custard.

Salar Restaurant and Lounge's famous beef empanada. AMELIA ROBINSON/STAFF
Salar Restaurant and Lounge's famous beef empanada. AMELIA ROBINSON/STAFF

Credit: Amelia Robinson

Credit: Amelia Robinson

🍽️Salar Restaurant and Lounge

400 E. 5th St., Dayton,| (937) 203-3999

Appetizers

  • Apple Goat Cheese Salad: Mixed greens, goat cheese, dried cranberries and apple matchsticks tossed with yogurt and pecan vinaigrette.
  • Chicharrones: Chicken thigh strips marinated and deep-fried, served with tangy carrot slaw and spicy yellow Peruvian chili pepper and cilantro sauce.
  • Peruvian Beef Empanada: Juicy stir-fried beef tenderloin and Peruvian spices wrapped in turnovers.

Entrees $25.20

  • Beef Saltado Style: Pan-seared strips of filet mignon with sautéed onions, tomatoes, yellow Peruvian peppers and spices tossed with hand-cut French fries over jasmine rice.
  • Grilled Chicken Skewers: Marinated and grilled chicken skewers topped with green onion and aji Amarillo salsa on a bed of white rice with grilled French green beans.

Entrees ($30.20)

  • Mahi Mahi: Seared Mahi served with a creamy tomato basil sauce, grilled asparagus and Yukon potato and leek puree.
  • Pork Filet Mignon: Whole pork filet mignon, marinated in Peruvian Panca pepper then grilled and topped with Argentinian chimichurri and served with scalloped Idaho potato, Morita pepper sour cream, queso fresco and grilled French green beans.

Dessert options

  • Chocolate Mousse
  • Tres Leches
Eric and Maria Walusis of Watermark restaurant in Miamisburg, one of the participants in Summer Restaurant Week. AMELIA ROBINSON/STAFF
Eric and Maria Walusis of Watermark restaurant in Miamisburg, one of the participants in Summer Restaurant Week. AMELIA ROBINSON/STAFF

Credit: Amelia Robinson

Credit: Amelia Robinson

Watermark Restaurant

20 S. First St., Miamisburg | (937) 802-0891

First course

  • Calamari taco (1): Shagbark Mills tortilla with crispy calamari, roasted poblano vinaigrette, charred corn salsa, basil, and balsamic – GF
  • Green salad: Mixed greens, shaved parmesan, house-made croutons, basil buttermilk ranch – vegetarian / can be GF
  • Sweet corn cake: Sweet corn cake topped with avocado-chipotle sour cream, smoked poblano drizzle, pico de gallo – vegetarian
  • Cup of sweet corn bisque: Fresh sweet corn bisque garnished with bacon and scallions – GF/vegetarian without garnish

Entrée

  • Grilled swordfish ($30.20): Atop summer succotash with sweet corn sauce and roasted tomatoes – GF
  • Korean grilled short-ribs ($30.20): Deliciously seasoned and served with cilantro lime basmati rice and crispy tempura green beans
  • Roasted cauliflower steak ($25.20): Herb and panko-crusted roasted cauliflower steak, served over cannellini beans in a smoky tomato broth with spinach, roasted tomato and herbs – veg/vegan, can be GF

Dessert

  • Tres Leches Cake: Traditional Mexican dessert topped with chopped pistachios
  • Summer Berry Pavlova: With fresh strawberries and blueberries, whipped cream and boozy Luxardo cherry syrup – GF
Wheat Penny Oven & Bar is one of the restaurants participating in Summer Restaurant Week. MARSHALL GORBY/STAFF
Wheat Penny Oven & Bar is one of the restaurants participating in Summer Restaurant Week. MARSHALL GORBY/STAFF

🍽️Wheat Penny

515 Wayne Ave, Dayton, | (937) 496-5268

4 courses for $30.20

First course

Sippin’ green gazpacho with olive focaccia

Second course

  • Burrata with speck, roasted corn, cherry tomatoes, basil and pecorino
  • White bean bruschetta topped with chiffonade of summer greens and a crispy Parmesan frico

Third course

  • Venetian bronzino in parchment with herbs, white wine, capers, cherry tomatoes, zucchini and potatoes
  • Malfatti pasta with pancetta and cherry tomato cruda
  • Crispy cauliflower cutlet with basil-mint pesto
  • Peach-tomato salsa, a drizzle of spicy honey and choice of two sides
  • Fried Ohio chicken thigh with N’duja butter and choice of two sides
  • Crispy pork belly porchetta rolled with fennel and herbs and choice of two sides

Dessert

  • Tuile with blueberry ice cream, lemon basil syrup and goat cheese cream
  • Peach and berry croustade
  • Chocolate truffles and Wheat Penny Chili-Almond Cracker Jack

WANT TO GO?

What: Summer Restaurant Week

When: July 19-26, 2020

Where: Participating restaurants in the greater Dayton area

Cost: Meals range in price from $20.20-$30.20

More info and complete list of restaurants: (937) 461-MVRA or www.dineoutdayton.com

Other upcoming MVRA events

Bacon Week: Aug. 15-22

BBQ Week: Sept. 19-26

Oktoberfest Week: Oct. 10-17

Other possibilities: The Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s Amy Zahora says she will definitely be adding a Taco week in August, a Crazy Crab week in October and a salad week somewhere in between with dates still to be announced.

Contact this contributing writer at alexis.e.larsen@hotmail.com.