Winter Restaurant Week: A Culinary Expedition to Relish and Revel In!

BY: Lisa Seibert
last updated 01/22/2024
Winter Restaurant Week: A Culinary Expedition to Relish and Revel In!

Last week's Sneak Peek tantalized our taste buds with samplings from thirteen of the 30+ local culinary gems participating.

Winter Restaurant Week: A Culinary Expedition to Relish and Revel In!

We dove into Corner Kitchen's Tuna Crudo, a masterpiece with marinated fennel, pickled coriander, and orange-infused olive oil topped with cilantro. Their spicy Sesame Barbecue Meatballs, coupled with pickled carrot and jalapeño slaw, were a flavor fiesta and among my top picks of the night.

Corner Kitchen - Sesame BBq Meatballs

Ten years after opening Salar in the Oregon District, Chef Margot Blondet opened a second upscale eatery, Manna on Franklin Street in Centerville last May. At the event, Chef Margot, flanked by her teams from both locations, showcased Manna's Boeuf Bourguignon and Mashed Potatoes (main photo above) - a dish akin to a warm, comforting embrace with its tender, slow-cooked beef and creamy potatoes. 

Boeuf Bourguignon and Mashed Potatoes

Chef Dana Downs of Roost, fresh from her Food Network spotlight, dished out two contest dishes. The Duck Confit from 'Guy's Grocery Games' with butternut squash, ricotta, and crespelle in a blood orange deli glaze. Her roasted Atlantic Salmon, a hit from 'Super Chef Grudge Match', was an artful blend of beets, horseradish, gremolata, and soy & coconut caramel - a dish clearly deserving of judge's praise.

Primo Italian Steakhouse from Middletown presented a flawless medium-rare New York Strip steak, perfectly paired with mashed potatoes - a bite of pure bliss.

Curiosity piqued, I marveled at Rip Rap Roadhouse's ability to source green tomatoes in January. Their Fried Green Tomato with Corn Salsa was a surprisingly delightful twist.

For dessert aficionados, Amber Rose’s Bread Pudding and Greek Street’s Baklava were standout examples of comfort food genius.

A heads-up to fellow foodies: Make sure to check restaurant hours before venturing out. Restaurant Week spans from Sunday, January 21 to Sunday, January 28, but not all participating eateries are open daily. Dive into this culinary journey – it's a feast not to be missed!"

Scroll down for more photos of all the dishes mentioned taken at the event.

To browse all 32 menus, go to our Guide to 2024 Winter Restaurant Week.

Photos: Winter Restaurant Week: A Culinary Expedition to Relish and Revel In!

Corner Kitchen's Tuna Crudo

Corner Kitchen's Tuna Crudo
Sneak Peek to Winter Restaurant Week 2024

Sesame Barbecue Meatballs - Corner Kitchen

Sesame Barbecue Meatballs - Corner Kitchen
Sneak Peek to Winter Restaurant Week 2024

Boeuf Bourguignon and Mashed Potatoes - Manna Restaurant & Lounge

Boeuf Bourguignon and Mashed Potatoes - Manna Restaurant & Lounge
Sneak Peek to Winter Restaurant Week 2024

Duck Confit - Roost Modern Italian

Duck Confit - Roost Modern Italian
Sneak Peek to Winter Restaurant Week 2024

Roasted Atlantic Salmon - Roost Modern Italian

Roasted Atlantic Salmon - Roost Modern Italian
Sneak Peek to Winter Restaurant Week 2024

New York Strip steak - Primo Italian Steakhouse

New York Strip steak - Primo Italian Steakhouse
Sneak Peek to Winter Restaurant Week 2024

Rip Rap Roadhouse - Fried Green Tomato with Corn Salsa

Rip Rap Roadhouse - Fried Green Tomato with Corn Salsa
Sneak Peek to Winter Restaurant Week 2024

Bread Pudding - Amber Rose

Bread Pudding - Amber Rose
Sneak Peek to Winter Restaurant Week 2024

Baklava - Greek Street

Baklava - Greek Street
Sneak Peek to Winter Restaurant Week 2024

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