Whether you come for the show or not, be sure to stop by the new West Virginia Food Fest. It's great to support our own home-grown companies.
And did I mention the samples?
One of my favorite local restaurants is kicking off the first of two big seafood celebrations this month with Lobster Fest, running Sept. 11 through Oct. 22.
During that time, guests at Tidewater Grill can enjoy a 1 1/4-pound steamed live Maine lobster served with drawn butter, choice of side dish, bleu cheese coleslaw and fresh bread for $21.95, plus tax and tip.
The offer is good while supplies last and may not be
combined with other specials or discounts, including the restaurant's "free birthday dinner" deal.
Then on Sept. 20, the restaurant will host a Shellfish Shell-a-bration!
Starting at 6:30 that evening, the outdoor event will feature peel-and-eat, jerk-spiced shrimp; a salad of baby greens with candied pecans, bleu cheese crumbles and balsamic vinaigrette; an assortment of shellfish including mussels, oysters, clams, Jonah crab claws and whole Main lobster; sides of red-skin potatoes, corn on the cob and fresh-baked break; summer berry shortcake dessert; and an assortment of domestic bottled beers including Shock-Top, Magic Hat and more.
The cost is $69.95 per person, plus tax and tip.
Reservations are recommended for Lobster Fest and required for the Shellfish Shell-a-bration. Call (888) 456-3463 or visit www.tidewatergrillrestaurant.com.
The Town Center restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.
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