Boston’s Restaurant Week isn’t the only happening foodie event mid-March.
Alongside its northern counterpart, Quincy will host discounted meals in the Taste of Quincy event, hoping to draw new customers to the 31 dining establishments participating throughout the week.
The eighth annual event will go from March 17 through 22, and has gotten larger and more lucrative every year.
“It’s been very successful,” said Donna Mavromates, vice president and Director of Tourism for the Quincy Chamber. “It’s a good time of year for restaurants, with the weather the way it is. They have a tendency to slow down. At the beginning of the week it’s a good increase with people they’ve never seen before. They’ve all been very receptive and happy with it.”
Participants will offer meals for different budgets, some selling lunch for two for $10-$15 each, and others offering dinner for two for $20 to $30.
Other restaurants will have a prix fixe menu, and specialty shops will sell unique offerings throughout the week.
Though customers may be most excited about getting good food on the cheap, restaurant owners are most excited about bringing in potential regulars.
“During last year’s Taste Quincy Restaurant Week, we had a huge influx of new customers at the restaurant and a percentage of these customers are still dining with us on a regular basis,” said Melissa Baker, general manager of Captain Fishbones. “I am even more excited about this year’s Restaurant Week because the consumer is still looking for value and this should be worthwhile for everyone who participates.”
In addition to Captain Fishbones, participating restaurants will include Alba Restaurant, Burke’s Seafood, Cucina Mia, Frateli’s Pastry Shop, Hancock’s at the Marriott, Kam Man Food, La Paloma, and Sher-A-Punjab.
The complete list, which can be found on the event’s website, is an eclectic mix, and one that is helping Quincy break out from other dining hot spots in the South Shore.
“I definitely think were getting more recognized for having more restaurants,” Mavromates said. “We have a number of fantastic restaurants and what allows us to stand out is the number of choices and type of food we offer.
"Quincy is such an eclectic community in so many ways, the food we have represents the number of ethnicities we have in Quincy. We don’t have just general Asian, we have types of Asian cuisine - Korean, Thai, hot pot, sushi. We have quite a variety even within a type of cuisine that cities can’t claim the way Quincy can."