There’s been a lot of grumbling of late about the cost of dining in downtown Harrisburg, and it’s been coming from both sides of the plate. To be clear, the issue at hand is the cost of parking, which has resulted in a noticeable attendance drop at both happy hour and evening dinner at many of the restaurants and bars located downtown.
If you count yourself among those who’ve turned away from downtown dining in recent months, the Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District’s annual Harrisburg Restaurant Week(s) returns just in time to remind you of the diverse culinary landscape that is the Capital City.
Today marks the kickoff of the 2014 Harrisburg Restaurant Week, so we thought we’d take a moment to dole out a few reasons why completely writing off downtown Harrisburg for dining is, well, just plain dumb.
If When you go, tweet about it with the #HbgRestWeek hashtag.
1) Free Parking
Yes, you read that correctly. For the duration of Harrisburg Restaurant Week – which, by the say, is September 8-12 and 15-19 – the HDID is hooking you up with free parking in the River Street Garage from 5-9 p.m. on Monday through Friday.
2) The 10-day forecast
So we’re still technically in the summer season, but it’s been feeling downright autumnal these days. A quick look at the 10-day forecast shows some great weather for strolling around town. Or, you could always give the Harrisburg Bike Taxi a try…
3) There’s a whole lotta “new” in town
Have you checked out Harrisburg’s new whiskey and farm-to-table gastropub at the reconceptualized Stock’s on 2nd yet? What about the elegantly casual Cafe 1500? There’s a whole lotta “new” in town these days, and Restaurant Week is your opportunity to have you a taste.
4) THE FOOD!!!!!
Of course, what’s a restaurant week preview without spotlighting the food?! From the sage paparadelle at Bricco to Home 231’s local pork sirloin to the salmon sliders at Cafe Fresco, there is no shortage of culinary masterpieces for you to try. And at a mere $30 for three courses, this is a deal that should not be overlooked. Review all of the menus here.
5) The Restaurants
Speaking of food… The 11 restaurants participating in this year’s Harrisburg Restaurant Week offer a nice cross-section of the eclectic culinary scene that’s been steadily evolving downtown. The only problem is, with 11 restaurants and 10 days, you’ll have to either make a really hard decision on which to leave out – or, plan on eating dinner twice! This year’s participants are: Bricco, Cafe Fresco (Center City), Cafe 1500, Carley’s Ristorante, Char’s at Tracy Mansion, The Firehouse Restaurant, Home 231, Mangia Qui, McGrath’s Pub, Sammy’s Authentic Italian Restaurant and Stock’s on 2nd.
This could technically fall under reason #4, but let’s face it, dessert seldom gets the attention it deserves. Fortunately for you, decadent delicacies like Baileys chocolate chip cheese cake at McGrath’s, tiramisu from Carley’s, french toast bread pudding at Cafe 1500 and Home 231’s molten chocolate cake are all part of the deal.
Harrisburg Restaurant Week runs September 8-12 and September 15-19 at select restaurant locations in downtown Harrisburg. While each participating restaurant features a special Restaurant Week menu with three courses for $30, each will also have the regular menu available. Click here for more information.