Word on the Street

Word on the Street

By Abigail Jurk (File Photo)

Everyone’s schedule is full at this time of year, but don’t forget about your social life. Here are a few ideas to get you out on the town:

WHAT’S THE DEAL: The Majestic Cafe has been a fixture in Old Town for years. Located at 911 King St., the restaurant first opened in 1949. In 1978, the restaurant closed until the current Majestic Cafe opened its doors in 2001. Since then, the eatery has become well known as a place to get a quality, upscale meal in a comfortable atmosphere.

But what many people don’t know is that even on a budget, the Majestic still can make the cut. Try stopping in on a “Wine Down Wednesday,” when they offer a selection of half-priced bottles of wine. Or visit them at midday for their two-course lunch special, served at the bar Monday through Friday. The menu includes a starter, a main course and a non-alcoholic beverage for the affordable price of $12.

Bartender Brad Quasebarth says that the pot roast sliders are a great choice from the lunch menu. Or, if you are just getting off work and need to relax, stop by for happy hour, which runs Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. The happy hour menu offers rail drinks, draft beers and glasses of wine for $5 each, or house martinis and manhattans for $7, plus a selection of discounted snacks. With all of the great deals available, make sure to keep the Majestic Cafe on your list of frequent stops.

WHAT’S HAPPENING: First Thursdays have returned to Del Ray. For those who don’t know about First Thursdays, they are outdoor street festivals up and down Del Ray’s main drag, Mount Vernon Avenue. They take place on the first Thursday of every month during the spring and summer — April through September.

The next First Thursday is scheduled for May 7. During the outing, many local restaurants and businesses set up outdoor stalls or booths along the Avenue, featuring arts and crafts, food, drinks, live music and more. Other businesses still welcome guests off the street to come inside and take a look. Each month usually has a theme, such as Hats on the Avenue, where everyone shows off their silliest headgear, and discounts are available at certain spots for participating in the theme.

Patrons can stroll up and down the street and see some of the best Del Ray has to offer. First Thursday is a family-friendly event and offers activities for children as well as adults. Even pets are welcome. This is a fun way to get outside, enjoy the fresh air and to get a feel for the great neighborhood that is Del Ray.

So grab your family, your friends or even your dog and head over to Del Ray for First Thursdays. For more information, visit www.visitdelray.com.

To request a place, event or special be featured in Word on the Street, contact Abigail Jurk at ajurk@alextimes.com.