Certainly mark your calendars! It’s time to explore the Venice of New Jersey’s dining scene, as Downtown Cranford Restaurant Week returns to the state’s bestest downtown {so says nj.com readers}.

From Sunday, February 24 to Friday March 1, prix fixe dinner menus will be available at a slew of restaurants in the heart of the Township including the highly rated Pairings, Garlic Rose Bistro and the Tablespoon Café.

“This is a great chance to dine at your favorite spot or try someplace new,” suggested the team at the Cranford Downtown Business and Economic Development Office.

If you do take part {and c’mon, who needs another excuse to dine out in Cranford!} be sure to snap and share a photo of the local dish you are about to devour and email it to [email protected] to be eligible for a prize.

For a full list of participating restaurants, to review menus and to get contest details check out the Downtown Cranford’s website.

Photo courtesy Pairings.