It’s Milford’s first Restaurant Week, and for $20.13 diners at Scribner’s in Woodmont may start their meal with baby spinach with fresh strawberries, mushrooms and red onions with raspberry vinaigrette, then move on to harvest salmon, sweet potato crusted and sautéed, served with a maple glaze, before finishing up with cheesecake with apple compote.
That’s just one of the appetizer-entrée-dessert combinations offered at Scribner’s, all for $20.13, which is the standard rate for dinners at participating restaurants this week. Restaurants that are offering lunch — not all of them are — are charging $12.13 for lunch.
At Jeffrey’s Restaurant on New Haven Avenue, the special dinner price will buy not only one of the prettiest views out the back windows but beef tenderloin — one entrée choice — well-seasoned and mouth-watering, presented to look as good as it tastes, plus an appetizer and dessert.
The Milford Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Milford Business Association and local restaurants got together to plan the first Restaurant Week here, which is getting plenty of word-of-mouth publicity.
Restaurant Week runs today (Monday, Oct. 7) to Sunday, Oct. 13.
More than 20 local restaurants are offering special three-course fixed price menus — many priced at $20.13 per person for dinner, or $12.13 per person for lunch.
Participating restaurants are Bin 100 Restaurant, Bridge House Restaurant, Colony Grill, Gusto Trattoria Italian Restaurant, Indigo by the Water, Jeffrey’s Restaurant by Claudio, Milford Green Pizza & Restaurant, Scribner’s Restaurant, Stonebridge Restaurant, and SBC Restaurant & Brewery.
Other participating restaurants include Aldario’s Restaurant, Archie Moore’s Bar & Restaurant, Armellino’s Restaurant, Beach House Restaurant, Bella Napoli Pizza, Citrus, Nello’s, Joey C’s Roadhouse BBQ & Tex-Mex, Plan B Burger Bar-Milford, Puerto Vallarta Restaurant, Rainbow Gardens Restaurant & Bar, Reggiano’s Pizza & Pasta House, Ten Asian Bistro of Milford, Tengda Asian Bistro, and Villano’s Restaurant.
“Milford Restaurant Week is a way for residents and visitors to sample a variety of our city’s unique and diverse restaurants at affordable prices,” said Kathy Alagno, CEO/president of the Milford Chamber of Commerce.
Priscilla Lynn, executive director of the Downtown Milford Business Association, said there is a variety of food items to be found in Milford.
“We are excited to blend businesses and restaurants for this community event, offering diners many delicious reasons to visit our picturesque, historic Small City With a Big Heart,” Lynn said.
At Bin 100 on Lansdale Avenue, there is a bevy of entrée choices: scallops, tilapia filets, gorgonzola chicken, chicken valdostana, penne bolognese, rigatoni vodka, gnocchi sorrentino, eggplant parmigiana, roasted veal, pork ossobucco, and bistro filet.
“We are extremely excited to be a part of Milford Restaurant Week,” said Bin 100 owner Elena Fusco. “We hope that this will give us the opportunity to serve new guests and introduce them to our cuisine and hospitality. Our three-course offering at $20.13 reflects items that we offer on our regular dinner menu. We encourage everyone to make reservations at the restaurants they decided to dine at, as we are all expecting a busy week. Milford is a great city to live and do business in, and we can’t wait to welcome our neighbors and new faces.”
Claudio Sanfrancesco, owner of Jeffrey’s Restaurant, said he picked dishes to spotlight this week that he thought are different, like the garlic and herb-marinated tenderloin of beef over a red wine bordelaise sauce, served with garlic whipped potatoes and seasonal vegetables
“They’re going to love it,” Sanfrancesco said of the menu choices. He hopes restaurant week will be not only an annual event in Milford but maybe a twice-a-year event.
Colony Grill in downtown Milford recently unveiled a new menu item, salad pizza, featuring its traditional crust topped with mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, carrots, and cucumbers. Co-owner Ken Martin said he expects a boost in business with Restaurant Week. When Fairfield hosted a restaurant week last year, business jumped 10% to 20% at the Fairfield Colony Grill, Martin said.
For full menus, go to Milfordrestaurantweek.com.
Restaurant Week sponsors include First Niagara, Aflac, Stop & Shop, and Donald Vozzo/Sysco MA.