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

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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

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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

Don’t Miss This: Pork Asado at Jamonera

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With just five short nights left in this year’s Center City Restaurant Week, we’ve decided to call out individually excellent dishes at participating restaurants–just to remind you, in case you haven’t yet had a chance to try them.

And we’re starting off with a strong one: The pork asado at Jamonera, which comes as a second full course (which, counting shared amuse plates, is really the third course) on the house’s Restaurant Week dinner menu. It’s essentially a pork-two-ways kind of plate, offering roasted pork shoulder and pork belly (in a sherry-orange glaze), mounted over a corn cake with a bright and palate-cleansing orange and fennel salad on the side. Pair this with the cana de cabra (fried goat cheese), some papas fritas and the nocilla bread pudding with bourbon-caramel sauce, and you’ll understand why Restaurant Week is such a killer deal.

All Restaurant Week Coverage [Foobooz]

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What To Eat During Center City Restaurant Week, Part 3: Chez Georges at Le Bec Fin

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It’s that time again. Center City Restaurant Week is nearly upon us, and in order to help you, the loyal Foobooz readers, get the most bang for your buck, we’ve combed through all the menus being offered by the 100-plus restaurants participating this year and come up with a few ideal meals for you to consider. And today, we’ve got…

Chez Georges at Le Bec Fin: Back To The Future

$35 a head.

$35 a head to eat at Le Bec Fin.

Okay, so you’re not up on the main floor (Chez Georges is downstairs), but you still go in through the same door. You still stand in the same lobby. You’ll still be being fed by the same kitchen crew that’s serving the swells upstairs for 4 times the price. And the menu that’s being offered for Restaurant Week at Chez Georges is really a kind of throwback to the French classics that once made Le Bec one of the greatest restaurants in America.

Not bad for thirty-five bucks. Even if you do have to eat in the basement. So let’s see how to get the best out of this menu, shall we?

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What To Eat During Center City Restaurant Week, Part 1: Barbuzzo

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It’s that time again. Center City Restaurant Week is nearly upon us, and in order to help you, the loyal Foobooz readers, to get the most bang for your buck, we’ve combed through all the menus being offered by the 100-plus restaurants participating this year and come up with a few ideal meals for you to consider. And today, we’re starting off with…

Barbuzzo: It Gets Better

Tables at Barbuzzo aren’t exactly easy gets during a normal week. And during Restaurant Week, things are going to be even tighter. But if you do manage to score some real estate while the special menu is in effect, there’s something you need to consider. While things here might appear to start off slow in the early courses, no one knows how to finish strong the way Barbuzzo does. So let’s take a look at the best approach to their Restaurant Week menu.

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