Where and What to Eat for Restaurant Week

Schweinshaxe Roasted Pork Shank at Brauhaus Schmitz

Schweinshaxe Roasted Pork Shank at Brauhaus Schmitz | Photo by Vanessa Beahn

Center City District’s Restaurant Week kicks off this Sunday, January 17th and runs for two weeks (not including Saturday, January 23). The deal is the same as it has been for many years now. Participating restaurants offer a three or more course dinner for $35. Many restaurants also offer a three-course lunch for $20. There are a lot of ways to skin the Restaurant Week cat, this year we’re focusing on what we would order from participating restaurants that made our 50 Best Restaurants list. And in a twist, we’re picking exactly what to order.

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Mark Your Calendars: Center City District Restaurant Week Moves to August

ccdrw0115_mainpageThe Fall edition of Center City District’s Restaurant Week normally happens in September. But with a late Labor Day, Rosh Hashanah and the Pope coming to Philadelphia in late September, there weren’t two weeks to choose from. So the next Center City District Restaurant Week will take place from Sunday August 2nd to Friday the 7th and August 9th to 14th.

The deal remains the same, $35 for dinner, $15 from lunch. The winter edition of Restaurant Week featured more than 120 downtown restaurants.

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Check Out Abe Fisher for Restaurant Week

abe-fisher-sweet-sour-meatballs-squareSometimes the options on a Restaurant Week menu can be disappointing. But that’s not the case at the brand new Abe Fisher. Like at Zahav and Percy Street Barbecue (two eat for $35), Mike Solomonov is using Restaurant Week to showcase what his restaurants can do. In fact, Abe Fisher is throwing in an extra fourth dish for the typical $35 Restaurant Week menu. And most of the dishes that we’ve had our eye on from the opening menu are available. Even better, since the restaurant has just gone online at OpenTable, plenty of reservations remain.

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This Fall: Center City Restaurant Week (With Some New Additions)

ccdrw0914_mainpageThe 11th Center City Fall Restaurant Week has set a date and added some new restaurants to the mix. For two weeks – September 7th to the 12th and September 14th to the 19th – enjoy some of Center City’s popular dining destinations at discounted prices. The deal remains the same, $35 for dinner and $20 for restaurants participating during lunch.

Newbies on the list are Cook & Solo’s newest restaurant Abe Fisher, which will feature Jewish diaspora cuisine; 4 Fathers; Bank & Bourbon for your traditional American fare fixin’; ChopsFoobooz approved Entrée BYOB; High Street on Market; Mixto to satisfy your Cuban cravings; Society Hill Society and Stella Rossa.

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Restaurant Week Pick for Monday, January 20th

Amada | Photo by Ashley Catharine Smith

Amada | Photo by Ashley Catharine Smith

Looking for a Restaurant Week pick for tonight? Hustle and get that 8 p.m. table for two at Amada. It’s one of the solid Restaurant Week performers and a prime-time table is tough to beat.

Not interested in Restaurant Week, how about Lobster Week. That’s what Matyson is offering tonight through Thursday.

Check out their special five course, $50 menu.

Check out Matyson’s Lobster Week menu » 

How to Attack Center City Restaurant Week


In the past, I’ve dealt with covering Center City District’s Restaurant Week (January 19-24 and 26-31, 2014) with a guide that helped bargain hunters to find the real deals of Restaurant Week, filtering out restaurants that didn’t offer much choice or offered boring selections like just steak, salmon or pasta. Unfortunately, the guide couldn’t be migrated to the new web site. So this year,  I had been putting off thinking about Restaurant Week until a co-worker asked for suggestions. Here’s my response to her, I think it will for you too.

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Restaurant Week Alternatives: The $45 Lobster Tasting Menu At Matyson

43_matyson_Karrisa Olsen

What’s that? You’re sick to friggin’ death of all the Restaurant Week nonsense clogging up your favorite restaurants (and your favorite food blog)? Well then have I got a deal for you…

Over at Matyson, they’re doing their yearly “F.U. Restaurant Week” lobster tasting menu which, for just $45, gets you 5 courses of lobstery goodness, in a dining room where the staff isn’t ready to slit their wrists if they have to talk about the goddamn chicken special one more time.

You can check out the menu (and a couple notes on the menu) after the jump.

Matyson’s $45 lobster tasting menu, right this way

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