A week of eats in Manchester
Special dishes, special prices
By Linda A. Thompson-Odum firstname.lastname@example.org
This year’s Manchester Eats Week will be held from Sunday, April 26, through Thursday, April 30. It is the perfect chance for food lovers to enjoy a meal at their favorite restaurant or try a meal at a different eatery — all for a great value.
The event is sponsored by Intown Manchester, the city’s downtown booster organization.
“The event was created as a way for Intown to thank all of the restaurants within our district that participate in the annual Taste of Downtown Manchester. It’s no easy task to make over 1,000 food samples for an event like that and we both appreciate and respect them for it. They do a phenomenal job year after year,” said Samantha Appleton, director of marketing and public relations for Intown Manchester.
Eats Week offers something for every budget and food type. Some of the city’s best-known fine dining restaurants will have special menus for the week that allow customers to give them a try without breaking the budget. More casual food spots, such the Red Arrow and Milly’s Tavern, will also have specials, and there are two sweet spots participating — Ben & Jerry’s and Van Otis Chocolates.
900 Degrees Pizzeria is one of the restaurants taking part in the event.
“It’s a good way to participate in our local community, it’s a way to say thank you to our regular and new customers, it’s a good way to get people out from their hibernation after a long winter, and it’s just plain fun!” said 900 Degrees co-owner Priscilla Lane-Rondeau.
“Eats Week is awesome,” chef-owner Jeff Paige of Cotton said. “First, it gives us a chance to say ‘Thank you’ to all of our wonderful customers who come out and support us every day throughout the year. Second, the special menu with reduced pricing gives many people an opportunity to come and experience Cotton who might not normally be able to.”
Chef and owner Tom Puskarich of Z Food and Drink said of Eats Week, “I’ve always been a ‘downtown’ kind of guy. It’s not only where I set up business, but where I like to do business, and I think I have that mindset because of programs like Eats Week. Programs that bring people out of their homes and into the streets to get to mingle, get to know new businesses, and support their favorites.”
“The economy is helping this event, not hurting it,” Appleton noted. “Going out to eat is an experience, sharing a meal with family and friends in a warm and inviting setting is uplifting, and people need that right now.”
Every Eats Week restaurant’s specials can be found at www.intownmanchester.com. This year’s participants include:
• 900 Degrees Pizzeria, 50 Dow St., 641-0900, www.900degrees.com: Buy one pizza and get the second pizza for half price. Good for dine-in only.
• Ben & Jerry’s, 940 Elm St., 674-9400, www.benjerry.com/elmstreet: Two small smoothies for $6 plus tax; two large smoothies for $8 plus tax; two banana splits for $10.
• Commercial Street Fishery, 33 S. Commercial St., 296-0706, www.csfishery.com: Three courses for $30 — first course of grilled wild American shrimp with hot Italian sausage & white cheddar grits, and smoked jalapeño puree; second course of coriander seared salmon with gnocchi, bacon, shiitake, frisee, and grilled lemon butter; and third course of ginger-lemon ricotta cheesecake with lemon Grand Marnier caramel and sugared pecans.
• Consuelo’s Taqueria, 36 Amherst St., 622-1134, www.consuelostaqueria.com: Lunch and dinner — $5 for choice of Tacos a La Crema (potato and cheese fried tacos topped with a cream red or green sauce) or Empanadas; $10 for Chile Relleno de Chorizo (poblano chile stuffed with chorizo, potato and cheese), served with rice and beans, Mexican jello dessert and a drink.
• Cotton, 75 Arms St., 622-5488, www.cottonfood.com: Cotton will be offering a few surprises and introducing some new drinks during Eats Week — “Stirred not Shaken” martini pitchers, made the old-fashioned way, stirred in large glass pitchers that serve two to four people, in Bourbon Port Punch, Lychee Tea, Lemon Drop, Cherry Margarcia, Pomegranate Martini and Cotton’s famous Cosmopolitan. The huge lunch specials selections, each for $5.95, and the dinner selections with entrees as low as $11.95, can be viewed at www.intownmanchester.com.
• Edible Arrangements, 1000 Elm St., 625-1010, www.ediblearrangements.com: A Little Special Expression (a bouquet of pineapple daisies, strawberries, cantaloupe, honeydew and grapes), regular price $24, Eats Week $14. A Little Appreciation Expression: (a taste of fresh strawberries dipped in chocolate and arranged in a keepsake vase), regular price $29, Eats Week $19. These prices do not include tax and are available for pick-up only.
• Fratellos, 155 Dow St., 624-2022, www.fratellos.com: Lunch, turkey wrap sandwich for $5; dinner, Chicken Capri (boneless chicken sautéed with roma tomatoes, sliced onions, artichoke hearts, fresh garlic, parmesan cheese and white wine tossed with bowtie pasta) for $10.
• Hanover Street Chophouse, 149 Hanover St., 644-2467, www.hanoverstreetchophouse.com: Dinner selection of prime rib, New York sirloin, or stuffed shrimp for $20.09 each. The complete Eats Week menu can be seen at www.intownmanchester.com. Note: Hanover Street Chophouse is not open Sunday, April 26.
• Jillian’s, 50 Philippe Cote St., 622-3480, www.jilliansonline.com: Lunch specials run from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $5.99 menu items include Chicken Quesadillas, Cheeseburgers, Grilled Chicken Salad and more. Free billiards with lunch purchase.
• J.W. Hill’s Sports Bar & Grill, 795 Elm St. 645-7422, www.jwhills.com: Lunch and dinner — half sandwich and soup (choice of ham, turkey, chicken salad or tuna salad) for $6.99; beef stew in a bread bowl for $8.99.
• Milly’s Tavern, 500 Commercial St., 625-4444, www.millystavern.com: Lunch, $5 Chicken Parmigiana Sub with chips or $5 Classic Milly’s Burger with chips; Dinner, $8.95 Chicken Tenders Dinner or $10 Tasha Steak Tip Dinner.
• Murphy’s Taproom, 494 Elm St., 644-3555, www.murphystaproom.net: Full menu of Black Angus Burgers for 50 percent off. Half-priced appetizers and $2 drafts from 4 to 6 p.m. daily.
• Penuche’s Grill, 96 Hanover St., 626-9830, www.piccolaitalianh.com: $10 for your choice of BBQ Trio (pulled pork, ribs and beef brisket with French fries), Prime Rib (8 oz. cut), Chicken Fra Diavolo (spicy chicken served over pasta) or grilled boneless pork chops.
• Piccola Italia, 815 Elm St., 606-5100: 10 percent off entire bill throughout Eats Week.
• Red Arrow Diner, 61 Lowell St., 626-1118, www.redarrowdiner.com: All day Eats Week — Queen Dinah Breakfast (two eggs, two bacon, two sausage, two pancakes with beans, toast and a coffee) for $5.
• Richard’s Bistro, 36 Lowell St., 644-1180, www.richardsbistro.com: Select brunch items on Sunday, April 26, for $10. Lunch for $5 — choice of cup of soup, salad, sandwich or petit bistro entrée. Dinner — appetizer, entrée and dessert for $30. Complete dinner specials menu can be viewed at www.intownmanchester.com.
• Van Otis Chocolates, 341 Elm St., 627-1611, www.vanotischocolates.com: ¼-lb. box of chocolates and a small coffee or tea for $5. Cup of Gelato and iced tea or water for $5.
• Wild Rover Pub, 21 Kosciuszko St., 624-5270, www.wildroverpub.com: 20 percent off any regular menu item (food only).
• Z Food and Drink, 860 Elm St., 629-9383, www.zfoodanddrink.com: Complimentary Asian Nacho with reservations. $10 Lunch — cup of fish chowder and choice of half sandwich. $25 three-course dinner — Asian Nachos; entrée selection of Atlantic pan-seared salmon with saffron risotto, cumber noodle relish, and charred tomato vinaigrette; grilled free bird chicken breast with roasted red peppers, broccoli, frisee, extra virgin olive oil, and fettuccine; or New England Family Farms roast tri tip of beef with caramelized onion-horseradish sour cream, broccoli and smashed Yukon gold potatoes. Dessert is Chocolate Raviolis with chocolate fudge sauce, fresh strawberries and whipped cream.