Restaurant Week returns with lots of ways to enjoy

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published January 27, 2021

 The restaurant Hazel, Ravines and Downtown will feature a special menu of grab dishes during Birmingham Restaurant Week.

The restaurant Hazel, Ravines and Downtown will feature a special menu of grab dishes during Birmingham Restaurant Week.

Photo provided by Hazel, Ravines and Downtown


BIRMINGHAM — Restaurant Week promotions are hugely popular — nearly every city has time carved out in the calendar to celebrate their local eateries and give diners a chance to try new dishes at a discounted price.

But Birmingham was the very first city in Michigan to host a restaurant week 16 years ago, and they have no plans to stop now. Not even in a time of indoor dining bans and limited services brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Birmingham Restaurant Week began earlier this week and lasts through Feb. 7, giving customers plenty of time to partake in each of the city’s participating restaurants. Chefs will prepare unique menu items for the event, available at prefix prices.

In the past, Birmingham Restaurant Week has been a great excuse to shake off the winter hibernation and enjoy an afternoon or night out. This year’s event might look a little different, but Birmingham Shopping District publicist Erika Bassett thinks the offerings will be just as indulgent.

“Many are offering unique options, including four-course and family-style menus, DIY appetizer, and meal kits perfect for creating a delicious and exciting experience at home, cocktails and wine to-go, and more,” Bassett said in a press release.

She said Birmingham restaurants are going above and beyond to provide a safe and comfortable dining experience offering options like curbside pickup, carryout, take-home meal kits, heated outdoor dining and indoor dining when available.

“While you are downtown, be sure to stop and admire the festive atmosphere with nearly a million lights on display throughout the district.”

Last week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that indoor dining will be permitted again beginning Feb. 1, with restrictions on seating capacity and operating hours. That’s smack in the middle of restaurant week, and lots of venues said the timing is great.

“Because we were prepared to offer our Hazel’s Crab Trap seasonal seafood menu for carryout and during Birmingham Restaurant Week, we were also ready to serve our guests inside the restaurant when it became safe and possible to do so,” said Beth Hussey, the co-owner of Hazel, Ravines and Downtown.

Hussey described the special menu as being “like a virtual spring break visit to the Florida coast,” complete with fresh stone crab, a grouper Rueben and other selections.

“Coinciding with Birmingham Restaurant Week is just another great reason to visit or order from a local establishment like ours,” she added.

As a further incentive to get in on restaurant week, the BSD is offering guests $25 in Birmingham Bucks for every $50 they spend during the promotion.

For more information on how to earn Birmingham Bucks, along with a complete list of participating restaurants and their promotional menus, visit