Kevin Kamenetz has formally presented what is arguably his most important budget since being sworn in as Baltimore County Executive.
Kamenetz told a room full of reporters and county business leaders Thursday that he is allocating a whopping $150 out of his (personal) budget be set aside for dining out during Baltimore County Restaurant Week Winter 2013.
The announcement made at Patrick's Restaurant of Cockeysville pleased none more than his self-proclaimed "foodie" wife Jill Kamenetz. (Removing tongue from cheek now).
“I’m a real foodie," Mrs. County Executive said. "I live to eat where Kevin eats to live.”
Baltimore County Restaurant Week this year features 44 spots around the county offering between one- and three-course meals between $10.13 and $35.13.
So where will the first-family of Baltimore County be dining out come Jan. 11 when Restaurant Week officially begins?
"First off, my absolute favorite lunch is Suburban House," Jill Kamenetz said. "I need my matzoh ball soup and the corn beef sandwich. It’s my all-time favorite lunch."
Suburban House, however, had not finalized a menu for Restaurant Week as of Thursday afternoon.
The second entry on Mrs. Kamenetz list is one of the newest additions to the county: Kooper's North in Lutherville. She called it one of her favorite hangout spots.
"I’m so glad that they’re finally in the county so I don’t have to drive downtown anymore to enjoy their ahi tuna," she said.
Check out Kooper's lunch and dinner Restaurant Week menus here.
Not one to bite the hand that feeds—literally—she next mentioned The Milton Inn, run by Baltimore County Restaurant Week founder and award-winning chef Brian Boston.
In the past, Kamenetz said Boston's Bermuda Triangle entree was her favorite go-to dish. We're sad to report however that the lobster-filet mignon-veal-sampler will not be available on The Milton Inn's prix fixe menu. Although Milton is offering veal, lobster and filet mignon options. View the full dinner and brunch menu here.
The County Executive's wife's final stop (if there's any of that $150 left) she says satisfies her hunger for hearty fare.
“I don’t like frou-frou. I like to leave full," Kamenetz said. "I like a real meal—fish, steak, potatoes, salad—I don’t like to eat things that I could see in my garden.”
Can you guess? She was talking about Ruth's Chris of Pikesville, which is offering a mouth-watering three-course meal from these options.
Does the County Executive's wife have great taste? Or is she missing out on a restaurant gem? Where are you dining out next week? Start the conversation in the comments section below.