Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Restaurant week in Portland

Thomas Fitzgerald

Posted on March 07, 2016 in Community
By USM Free Press

By Thomas Fitzgerald

It is a very important week for restaurant owners and workers of the food industry as restaurant week has been a feature for the eighth consecutive year. Over 75 local restaurants are being featured in this coveted week, and people who are eager to go out and try new foods have a new opportunity to do so.

For those who are not familiar with what exactly it means to be restaurant week, it is the opportunity for people who want to try new foods at different restaurants, but may not have an expendable budget to do. Each restaurant that is an active participant in this week has designed a separate “restaurant week” menu, which has three course offerings that are either 25, 35, or 45 dollars.

For a lot of USM students who are not housed on campus, it is expensive to live in Portland on a year round basis, and students who are paying tuition or loans at USM might have a hard time finding a place to indulge at on a weekend evening. Senior physics major, Thomas Fitts, lives in an apartment off of Park Avenue in Portland, and explained that although there are some choices that may be out of the price range of a college student, that is far from forcing him to stay home.

“When it is not restaurant week, and I still want to have a nice meal at a restaurant, my go to is Benkay on Congress Street. After five o’clock they have a late night menu that offers great food at an affordable rate,” stated Fitts..”Another place that you might find me on weekends is the late night selection at Boda Thai kitchen. Some of the menu items in the evening are marked at half price!”

Dine-in restaurants are also not the only options in town when you are looking for food that is affordable. Locations such as Micucci’s italian grocery store, and Otto’s pizza have happy hour selections during the day, which helps contrast all of the late night offers.

This is an exciting time of year for people who are eager to get a taste of new foods, and can attend any restaurant in town at a reasonable price that can be a compromise to any budget as a treat.