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Newport's Restaurant Week March 27-April 2, 2009

From The Oregonian's Terry Richard: The favorite coastal city for many an Oregonian is celebrating food March 27-April 2 (that's a Friday to a Thursday) during the first Newport Restaurant Week.

The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce is inviting all the city's restaurant to offer diners the experience of different dishes or compilation dishes. Some meals are at discounts, some are new creations.

It's a week of stuffing your face in the city by the sea.

Diners can enjoy three-course prix fix meals at a discounted price: that's an appetizer or salad, entree and dessert. Some restaurants have created new dishes for this event, while others have simply compiled some of their most popular dishes.

Restaurants will be offering lunch, dinner and/or both at prices ranging from $10 to $30. For example, the South Beach Fish Market is featuring a three-course lunch or dinner that consists of a shrimp cocktail, cup of clam chowder and a Captains Platter for $19.50 _ not only a good deal but also the freshest ingredients Newport has to offer.

Some, like La Maison, will have specials at what have been called "ridiculously fair prices."

From fine dining to fast food, participating restaurants will feature special menus, promotions and discounts. Diners will have the opportunity to sample new restaurants they haven't experienced, or explore exciting new dishes at their old favorites.

"As a local restaurateur, I am excited to see the Newport restaurant community coming together to offer tempting multi-course meals to new and old customers alike," said Mike Downing, owner of Quimby's Restaurant and chair of Newport Restaurant Week.

"Working as a team to bring high quality and affordable menu items to the public during a specific time frame will attract locals and tourists, thus impacting our hotel and retail markets as well.''

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