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Just about every restaurant worth its salt has is celebrating local tomatoes with at least an heirloom tomato salad nowadays. But a couple of restaurants are going to the next level by creating whole menus with the tomato as the centerpiece.
Meritage is offering a special tomato tasting menu from Friday, August 28th through Friday, September 4th. The four-course dinner includes lobster with tomato conserva to a tomato sorbet with lemon biscotti.
At Jamonera, the Midtown Village Spanish restaurant is celebrating Lo Tomatina, Spain's huge tomato throwing festival. On Sunday, August 30th and Monday, August 31st, Jamonera is offering a 10 dish, tomato tapas dinner for $45 per person. The local tomato menu will feature everything from tomato gazpacho to tomato sofrito with chorizo.
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Meritage (500 S 20th Street) hasn’t had the best of luck with chefs lately. After only three months on the job, chef Paul Gauthier recently left the restaurant due to what Meritage co-owner Michele DiPietro described to Eater as an “uninspired menu.”
Now, chef Steven Forte is in the kitchen and he’s creating something that everyone can agree with: a new happy hour menu.
Beginning today, Meritage will host happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The specials include $6 red and white wine, $6 sangria and a $10 Corona bucket.
You can check out the full food menu below.
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Some of you have probably already heard that Meritage recently let go their chef, Paul Gauthier, after just three months on the job. Eater Philly had the early word on that one–including a rare bit of honesty from a restaurant owner when they quoted Meritage owner Michelle DiPietro as saying “Paul’s uninspired menu was not received well.”
But now, we’ve got news on Gauthier’s replacement. New chef Steven Forte, formerly of Farmers’ Cabinet (which we’ll try not to hold against him), is in the kitchen now and already making changes.
What kind of changes? Well, you can check out chef Forte’s new Meritage menu here and decide for yourself whether or not this one looks a bit more inspiring to you.