Howard County Restaurant Weeks Guide

A guide to the more than 20 restaurants participating in Howard County's "Farm -2- Table" restaurant weeks.


More than 20 area restaurants will be offering special menus during Howard County’s "Farm -2- Table" restaurant weeks starting on July 18.

Participating restaurants from Columbia, Ellicott City and Elkridge will be offering fixed price menus that range from $10.12 to $40.12.  The two weeks of deals runs from July 18 – August 6.

Where will you be going for Howard County's restaurant weeks? Tell us in comments.

As part of the “Farm-2-Table” theme, restaurants will be incorporating locally grown, raised or caught produce, meat and seafood.

The following restaurants are participating (along with links to their price fixed menus, if available):


Dinner – three courses - $39.12    

Highlights: braised pork belly and watermelon salad, flash fried rock shrimp tossed in Chile aioli, tempura fried local soft-shell crab

Lunch – two or three courses - $10.12 or $14.12

Dinner – three courses - $39.12

Highlights: Gorman Farm tomato gazpacho (lunch); shrimp, mussel and scallops braised in Chardonnay cream sauce; beef cassoulet with lamb and chicken sausage, white beans and herbs

Lunch – three courses - $22.00

Dinner – four courses - $32.00

Highlights: Maryland crab soup; honey strawberry chicken and brie (lunch); asparagus fries; watermelon feta salad; pork tenderloin glazed with spiced rum BBQ sauce served with coconut risotto, grilled pineapple; warm peach bread pudding

Lunch – three courses - $16.12

Dinner – three courses - $30.12

Highlights: Dijon marinated sirloin steak (lunch); New York Strip topped with bleu cheese, mushrooms; mahi-mahi with crab imperial and hollandaise sauce

Lunch – two courses - $15

Dinner – three courses - $35

Highlights: Choose from any lunch or dinner entrée (except the signature steak)

Dinner – three courses - $40.12

Highlights: Tomato and fettuccine salad with basil and black olives; stuffed shrimp with jumbo local crab meat; bronzed mahi-mahi with seafood gumbo and Andouille sausage; grilled NY strip with Pizzioli sauce

Menu will be available on Wednesday.

The Melting Pot

Dinner – three courses - $30.12

Highlights: Three course fondue “experience” with your choice of one of five cheeses with assorted breads, vegetables and apples for dipping; fresh salad; entrees of marinated chicken breast, teriyaki sirloin, shrimp or pasta; chocolate fondue dessert

Menu information to be released on its Facebook page.

(Will run July 23 – August 6)

Menu will be posted by Friday, according to the manager.

Ellicott City

Alexandra’s American Fusion

Lunch – three courses - $25.12

Dinner – three courses - $35.12

Highlights: Clark’s Farm ratatouille; Rosetta Farms black angus NY strip with fingerling potato salad; Maryland crab cakes; Larriland Farm Glengo peach napoleon with pastry cream and phyllo

Dinner- three courses - $20.12

Highlights: Mini bruschetta; rack of lamb with garlic mashed potatoes and a cabernet sauce; pan seared halibut with sweet corn sauce and an arugula salad

Dinner – three courses - $32.12

Highlights: Watermelon gazpacho; Treuth New York strip steak with a roasted tomato demi-glaze and caramelized onions; fresh berries napoleon with whipped cream

Dinner – three courses - $30.12

Highlights: Breaded and fried risotto balls stuffed with peas, thyme and pancetta; pan-fried Chesapeake Bay soft shell crab with arugula and tomato salsa; braised brisket over linguine with sautéed mushrooms; chocolate chip cannolis with cinnamon cocoa powder; lemon sorbet from Great Falls Ice Cream topped with raspberries and chopped basil

Lunch – three courses - $13.12

Dinner – four courses - $32.12

Highlights: Maryland tomato topped with jumbo lump crab meat and Vidalia onion; homemade focaccia topped with pear, red onion, walnuts and Gorgonzola; grilled hearts of romaine and portabella mushroom (lunch); Ahi tuna wrapped in bacon with mushroom demi-glaze; cannoli

Lunch – three courses - $21.95

Dinner – three courses - $38.95

Highlights: pate de Campagne, Alsation sauerkraut stew with sausages, smoked pork and potatoes; chicken with wild mushrooms and vegetables in a buckwheat crepe; pan seared salmon with lemon grass, clams and coconut milk; house-made sorbet; French custard flavored with espresso


Dinner – four courses - $40.12

Highlights: Spicy shrimp, sautéed in butter with jalapenos and served with a remoulade sauce; burrito with shrimp, calamari, clams, chicken and pork mixed with peas and red peppers; pineapple with agave rum sauce served with vanilla ice cream.

Dinner – Menu will be posted on its website by Wednesday morning

Bill Perry of Elkridge Furnace Inn said, “We’ve expanded our organic garden… that’s where we grow most of herbs, and a lot of our lettuce. Across the street we have about 400 square feet where we’re growing fingerling potatoes… a lot of the vegetables we’re using aren’t just coming from a farm, they’re coming from our backyard.”

Other Howard County Participants

Baldwin’s Station – Sykesville

Lunch – two or three courses - $10.12 or $15.12

Dinner – three courses - $30.12

Highlights: Smoke salmon flatbread (lunch); marinated portabella sandwich with mesclun, roasted bell pepper, red onion and fresh mozzarella (lunch); heirloom tomato bruschetta; wild mushroom bisque; South Dakota angus with leek and heirloom salad and smoked Boursin smashed potato; NY style cheese cake; chocolate flourless cake with chocolate mousse

Ranazul – Fulton (Maple Lawn)

Dinner – four courses - $35

Highlights: Grilled peach salad; spicy tomato soup with grilled chicken, Monterey Jack cheese, avocado and tortilla strips; corn cakes with crab, shrimp and tomato ragout; scallops with spring vegetebles, crab and lemon butter sauce; open pork empanada; Peruvian chicken with potatoes, wilted spinach and Dijon mustard

The Woodstock Inn – Woodstock

No menu posted

Bistro Blanc – Glenelg

No menu posted

Amy Korman July 17, 2012 at 09:29 PM
I wish some restaurants would offer an all vegetarian option during restaurant week.
Amy Korman July 17, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Oops. I didn't see Mango Grove! I amend to say I wish MORE restaurants would offer all-vegetarian options.
Andrew Metcalf (Editor) July 18, 2012 at 01:56 PM
There are a number of vegetarian dishes on the menus, just click on the links at the prices to see the full menus, I only highlighted some of the dishes each restaurant would be offering. As for Mango Grove, I called them on Tuesday to see if they had determined their menu yet, but the manager who was handling the restaurant weeks stuff wasn't there, so I'll contact them again later today and update the story with their menu.
Chris T. Gaines July 18, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Hmmm. Seems the visithowardcounty.com site (and thus all the links) are down. How's that award-winning broadband initiative, Ken?!
Andrew Metcalf (Editor) July 18, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Thanks Chris, I noticed when I was working on the article the site went down occasionally. The links seem to be working again now.
Alice Settle-Raskin July 20, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Andrew, Please add this restaurant to your list of Howard County Farm-2-Table Restaurant Weeks Participants: Town Grill in Lisbon (http://www.lisbontowngrill.com/ordereze/Default.aspx). I know you did not mean to omit it. Located in rural Western Howard County, the Town Grill partners with its local farmers to provide its customers the most delicious food in town. Located just off of I-70 (Exit 73) on our Old National Road, Route 144, the Town Grill serves many out-of-town guests. You should visit our treasured Town Grill and talk to the members of our rural farming community that eat there on a daily basis. The restaurant is listed within Restaurant Weeks web site at: http://www.visithowardcounty.com/howard-county-restaurant-weeks ~ Alice Settle-Raskin, a local Western Howard County Resident
MG42 July 20, 2012 at 08:16 PM
How is the Department of Tourism spending the extra money they are getting from the new hotel tax that Ken Ulman started?


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