Restaurant week serves up sweet deals

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published August 8, 2018

Savor your meal with a deal at your favorite haunts or discover new places to dine when Troy Restaurant Week returns Aug. 19-24. 

The summer lineup features 20 restaurants, including two new to Troy: Eats & Crafts, and Station Square Kitchen + Bar. 

“Every time we do this, we add a couple new restaurants,” said Ara Topouzian, president and CEO of the Troy Chamber of Commerce. “The restaurants do very well with it. We organize Restaurant Week to be during slower times of year. It’s a good boost for them. 

“It gives the community an opportunity to try out a new restaurant they wouldn’t normally go to,” he added. 

Xavier Delossantos is the head chef at Eats & Crafts, located in the former Troy Lanes. The building now includes 30 bowling lanes, laser tag, an arcade and the restaurant. 

“Restaurant Week is a great way to get our name out there,” he said. 

 Delossantos said the Restaurant Week menu features “different takes” on calamari — which is flash-fried to a crisp and tossed with feta cheese, kalamata olives, banana peppers and house pickled onion — and cauliflower, which is deep fried and served with sweet chili glaze. 

“We don’t use typical lettuce on the burger, but arugula. We do different gastro-pub style,” he said, adding that everything is prepared from scratch. “It’s not typical fare you’d get at a bowling alley.” 

Station Square Kitchen + Bar is also new to Restaurant Week. 

“We wanted to be part of the Troy community,” said owner Jennifer Lucaj. “We really love the area,” she said of their location on Coolidge Highway, near Maple Road, at the site of the former Papa Vino’s. 

She said seafood pappardelle, one of their most popular entrees, is featured on the Restaurant Week menu. 

The dish features shrimp, scallops and king crab with asparagus, fresh corn, wild mushrooms and tomato in a gulf shrimp sauce. Lucaj said that many of their menu items are vegan and gluten free. 

Restaurant Week’s fixed prices for selected menu options feature three courses in most cases and range from $15 to $45. Reservations are accepted at most of the restaurants. Some restaurants offer both lunch and dinner options for the event. People can check out menus and make reservations at 

Diners can snap a photo of themselves enjoying their dining experience during Troy Restaurant Week for the “Oh Snap, It’s Troy Restaurant Week!” contest and submit the photos on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #OhSnapTRW18 for a chance to win a $50 gift card to one of the participating restaurants. One gift card will be awarded each day.

Troy Restaurant Week participants:

• 2Booli

• Bonefish Grill

• Brio Tuscan Grille

• The Capital Grill

• Eats & Crafts

• Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

• Fogo de Chao

• Granite City Food & Brewery

• La Saj Lebanese Bistro

• Loccino Italian Grill & Bar 

• McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks

• The Melting Pot

• Morton’s The Steakhouse

• NM Café at Neiman Marcus

• Ocean Prime

• Picano’s Italian Grille 

• Ruth’s Chris Steak House

• Sedona Taphouse

• Station Square Kitchen + Bar

• Steelhouse Tavern