Dogtooth Bar & Grill will participate in Wildwoods Restaurant Week. Owner Brenden Sciarra recommends the Dogtooth Steak.

While going out to eat seems to be one of the few concepts that is universally enjoyed, all too often we find ourselves in a “dining rut.” You know what we mean — you make plans to go out for dinner and inevitable you end up at one of your old stand-bys, not because you really want to go there, but more because you just aren’t that familiar with other spots and what they might have to offer.

All this is solved by an event such as Wildwoods Restaurant Week. This season’s event runs from Sunday through Friday, Oct. 8 to 13, and features a multitude of foodie hotspots offering multi-course meals that enable you to get out of your comfort zone a bit and try something totally new. Each eatery will feature a four-course dinner that will include an appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert for $30 plus tax and gratuity.

“I think having a prix-fixe menu gives people a chance to try restaurants they may not ordinarily go to,” says Brenden Sciarra, owner of Dogtooth Bar and Grill, one of the many restaurants participating in the event.

And he is right. Those looking for a change of pace certainly get what they came for, but with so many menu options, how does one decide what to order? For Sciarra, the decision is an easy one.

“I recommend the Dogtooth Steak,” he says matter-of-factly.

While pleasing the locals with great deals on great meals is always rewarding, Wildwoods Restaurant Week is hardly just for those in town.

“The best thing about Restaurant Week is that it encourages visitors and other municipalities in the area to give Wildwood a try,” Sciarra says.

It seems the encouragement is working, as Wildwood now hosts restaurant weeks several times a year just to keep up with the popularity of the events. This year, for the first time, they are adding an additional week to the calendar, bringing the grand total of restaurant weeks to three.

“I’m not much for the boardwalk and all its honky tonk,” says David Lee, an accountant from Stone Harbor. “But my wife and I make a point of heading into Wildwood each time they offer Restaurant Week. We hit multiple restaurants and try to be a bit daring, often ordering dishes that we have never tried. Rarely have we regretted ordering anything.”

Lee may be amongst the brave, but rest assured, the menus will feature items that can be enjoyed by everyone, including those less adventurous diners.

“You can’t go wrong,” he says. “Even if you try!”

Below is the full list of participating restaurants:

Alfe’s Restaurant, 3401 New Jersey Ave. in Wildwood, 609-729-5755

Backfin Blues Bar & Grill, 517 W. Rio Grande Ave. in Wildwood, 609-522-0243

Blue Water Grille, 3320 Atlantic Ave. in Wildwood, 609-522-0303

Carini’s Ristorante & Pizzeria, 9854 Pacific Ave. in Wildwood Crest, 609-522-7304

Cattle ‘n Clover Irish Steakhouse, 3817 Pacific Ave. in Wildwood, 609-522-3800

Crest Tavern, 9600 Pacific Ave. in Wildwood Crest, 609-522-1200

DeNinno’s, 9510 Pacific Ave. in Wildwood Crest, 609-522-5425

Dogtooth Bar & Grille, 100 E. Taylor Ave. in Wildwood, 609-522-8383

Duffinetti’s Restaurant & Lounge, 4600 Pacific Ave. in Wildwood, 609-522-0002

Ice House Restaurant & Bar, 4415 Park Blvd. in Wildwood, 609-522-0033

Jersey Girl Drinks and Dining, 3601 Atlantic Ave. in Wildwood, 609-523-1800

Joey M’s La Piazza Cucina, 3800 Pacific Ave. in Wildwood, 609-522-8300

Pasto Pesto, 3810 Atlantic Ave. in Wildwood, 609-522-6272

Poppi’s Brick Oven Pizza, 4709 New Jersey Ave. in Wildwood, 609-600-3964

Ravioli House, 102 E. Bennett Ave. in Wildwood, 609-522-7894

Schellenger’s Restaurant, 3516 Atlantic Ave. in Wildwood, 609-522-0433

The Shamrock Café, 3700 Pacific Ave. in Wildwood, 609-522-7552

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