The second annual #EatNorman Restaurant Week continues through Sunday, July 11, featuring 15 restaurants, bars and specialty shops offering specials, original items and prix fixe menus.
“The first restaurant week came about when we were looking for a way to safely support our restaurants last year during COVID,” said Taylor Mauldin Wagner, sales manager for Visit Norman. “This year, we’re celebrating the support people showed our restaurants, bars and retailers, and we think it’s a great opportunity to showcase Norman’s culinary scene.”
Restaurants were given the option of creating dishes or prix fixe menus at three price points: $11, $22 or $33. The options range from menu favorites to new features created for the promotion.
Brady Sexton, owner of Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails, created a $33 prix fixe menu of andouille sausage and serrano ham sourdough toast, blackened grouper, and praline-peach bread pudding. “I have cocktail and wine pairings for every course, too,” Sexton said. “We just wanted to offer guests a complete dining experience.”
Popular sandwich shop Bison Witches is offering a sandwich-soup combo for $11, and HSRG mainstay The Garage has a classic burger, fries and queso for $11. Other participating businesses include another HSRG concept, Pub W, as well as Norman stalwarts like The Meating Place, Apple Tree Chocolates and Crossed Cannons Brewery (panini and beer for $11).
The features are available at lunch and/or dinner depending on the business. Sexton said Scratch’s prix fixe was available for both, but the menus were only offered in the evening. “It’s a price point thing,” he said. “Most people don’t want to drop $33 at lunch, but it’s available if they want it.”
Wagner said Visit Norman asked participating businesses this year to donate at least five percent of sales from the items to Pantry Partners, a non-profit organization that works to combat youth homelessness and hunger. A full list of participating businesses can be found at eatnormanrestaurantweek.com.