DOVER — Crescencio Tellez can’t wait to show off some of his new dishes at Dover Dines Restaurant Week.
Dover Dines starts today and runs until July 22. Restaurants in Dover will be offering three-course dinners for $21.95 and two-course breakfast or lunch at $10.95.
At his restaurant, Cinco de Mayo on Central Avenue, Tellez talked about nopalitos. It is Mexican cactus sautéed with onions and cilantro served with black beans, rice and warm tortillas.
“It compares to a green bean, but you know how green beans have a crunch? Nopalitos are a little softer. It’s delicious,” Tellez said. “Growing up in Mexico, that’s what we used to eat.”
Tellez talked about quesadilla camarones with sautéed shrimp, stuffed into a classic cheese quesadilla. Also new is the veggie trio, made with one cheese, one spinach and one chile relleno enchilada.
Tellez said the restaurant updated the menu about two weeks ago and that he wants to provide more options for people to try when they are in Dover.
Tellez said downtown Dover is full of nice shops and breweries. When people come in he suggests Just the Thing across the street and Noggin’ Factory around the corner on Washington Street.
Dover Dines is the perfect opportunity for people to explore what is happening in the Garrison City, according to Curtis Thistle. Thistle works in marketing for The Gyro Spot on Central Avenue. The restaurant also has a location on Elm Street in Manchester.
Thistle said they decided to do just lunch for Dover Dines because they wanted to keep things simple.
“We’re not a sit-down restaurant so that is a challenge for us,” Thistle said.
Patrons will be able to choose any type of meat for a gyro, a gyro fry, a rice bowl or salad. Dessert will be baklava.
Thistle said Dover is bustling in the summer with the Cocheco Arts Festival at Henry Law Park. There is free music at the pavilion as well as dinner and a movie nights.
The Gyro Spot is also part of Dover Art Walk, which takes place every first Friday of the month. There is artwork hanging inside the restaurant and a crafter’s items for sale.
Dover Dines is hosted by Dover Main Street. It is a nonprofit downtown revitalization organization established in 1999 and operates under the auspices of the National Main Street Center, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Its mission is to preserve the past, promote the present and facilitate the future.
Dover Main Street also hosts Hometown Holidays, Dover Art Walk, Run Before You Crawl, Dover Dollars, Adopt-A-Spot, Dover Pride Cleanup, Shop Local and a beautification program.