As we’ve mentioned before, one of our biggest laments about the current state of the cheesesteak is the lack of beef. At too many places, a cheesesteak is north of $9 for way too little steak and not a lick of creativity.
On the other hand there’s the Amada Cheesesteak on the lunch menu at Jose Garces’ first restaurant in Old City. At Amada, the cheesesteak is shaved ribeye, caramelized onions, a molten Mahón cheese sauce and truffled mushrooms. Yes, the sandwich costs $14, but there’s a whole lot more going on here than just cheap beef and fake cheese.
Amada [Official Site]
Okay, folks. So we’re coming the end of stage one of Philadelphia Restaurant Week. For most places, Friday marks a brief respite before things pick up again on Sunday, and in celebration of that, we figured why not make a day of it tomorrow–hitting both a lunch and a dinner spot for the deals offered.
First stop? 10Arts, where chef Nathan Volz has been getting plenty of practice knocking out those plates of tagliatelle pomodoro with fresh mozzarella pictured above. He’s offering a creamy seafood chowder as one of the first-course lunch options (putting it up against a Honeycrisp apple salad), then the tagliatelle (which, when stacked up against a croque monsieur, is an easy choice), with either a carrot-hazelnut cake with carrot sauce and cream cheese sorbet or a pina colada sundae with rum gel and coconut foam as dessert.
Both of those sound weirdly compelling. Wonder what it’d cost me to double-up on dessert? And honestly, with the lunch price coming in at just $20, would it really matter?
But where should we go for dinner?
Jamie Shenker of Midtown Lunch heads to Amada for a Restaurant Week lunch, where she recommends the croquettes, blackened chicken over salad, the chorizo and most enthusiastically, the desserts.
Getting the Most Out of Restaurant Week: Lunch at Amada [Midtown Lunch]
Photo by Ashley Catharine Smith
One could argue that the two best things in the world are meat and fried food. If you are the type of person who would make such an argument, then feast your eyes on the empanada.
The empanada is a crispy pastry stuffed with meat, cheese, fruit, or anything in between, depending on the chef. Most typically served in Latin cuisine, the empanada can count as a small snack or an appetizer leading up to a gut-busting meal.
Luckily for you, Philadelphia has several options to satisfy any one of your empanada cravings.
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Editor’s Note: This week, we’re going to be introducing our new army of interns to you, the Foobooz readership. And it occurred to us that what better way for you to get to know them a little then for them to tell you all about something they loved to eat. Thus, we set them each to assembling their own Foobooz Six Pack, focusing on something they loved.
Our first submission came from Alex Tewfik, a student at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. As a food and restaurant enthusiast, Alex spends every waking moment of his day inventing new ways to keep himself eating while hiding how fat he actually is from the rest of the world.
Take it away, Alex…
Matyson’s Suckling Pig Sundays are no more. They have moved on to bigger things. Fortunately, the rest of the city hasn’t. So if you need to satiate your suckling pig cravings, there are plenty of places in and around the city that know how to cook that piglet just right. So with that in mind, here it is: The best places to get suckling pig in Philadelphia.
Slow Roasted Suckling Pig at Il Pittore
Chef Chris Painter’s claim to fame at his semi-eponymous restaurant, Il Pittore, takes three whole days to perfect, and that’s exactly what it ends up being: perfect. Cured in salt, sugar, and herbs for 15 hours, it’s then slow roasted for 12 hours, then buried in pig fat, then portioned and pressed over night. The slow-roasted meat sits on a bed of whole baby carrots and sautéed cavalo nero, swimming in a rich guanciale jus. Crowned with sweet pear mostarda, this pig is a real beauty.
Il Pittore (Rittenhouse)
2025 Sansom Street
More suckling pig this way…
Looks like the always busy Jose Garces is in town this week for a good cause. This Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Garces and his restaurants will be making an appearance at The Porch at 30th Street Station to support Philabundance. Five of the Iron Chef’s restaurants will be represented at The Porch. For a $10 donation to Philabundance event goers will be treated to samples from Amada, Chifa, Distrito, Guapos Tacos, and JG Domestic. What’s more, Garces himself will be doing a cooking demonstration at the event from noon to 1 p.m.
Amada in Old City is now offering tapas and drink specials Wednesday through Friday evenings between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Among the happy hour deals, $2.50 to $4.50 tapas, $5 sangria, $6 wine and $8 cocktails.
For more worthwhile happy hours, check out our Happy Hours with Food guide.
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Craig LaBan tours through the restaurants at the new Revel Resort in Atlantic City and finds for the most part, these casino-based restaurants live up to the standards of their well known owners.
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Opening one new restaurant is tough. Opening two? That’s crazy. But Jose Garces (who, I think, must have access to both a jet pack and a time machine what with his sudden explosion of interstate restaurant openings) will, come April, be opening three new restaurants, in Atlantic City, all within 14 days.
Then, when he’s done, he’s going to ride his bike from A.C. to Paris, fight Mike Tyson and eat the entire moon in a single sitting.
On Sunday, March 25th Amada will be hosting its first-ever Pig Out, featuring all-you-can-eat roasted whole suckling pig. For $55 per person or $75 per person for food and bottomless red and white sangria. The restaurant will be hosting two seatings, one at 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. and the second from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Make reservations now, this is sure to go fast.
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