After yesterday’s kerfuffle, you’d think there wouldn’t be much that we and Marc Vetri would agree on. But you’d be wrong because this Restaurant Week thing? It’s getting out of hand. Vetri has never been a fan, and while we might understand the draw and utility of a few days of deals in the middle of a dead month, enough is enough.
During the full stretch of Restaurant Week (January 18-23 and 25-30), Stella will be offering a kind of two-for-one deal, meaning you go in, order 2 salads or antipasti, any pizza on the board, and 2 gelati for dessert, and walk out the door for just $35.
A killer deal? Yes, it is. A perfect night out for couples trying to avoid the crowds during Restaurant Week? Absolutely. But one of the biggest reasons to give Stella a try is just because, in this pizza-loving moment we’re in, Stella is a truly great restaurant that often gets overlooked in the rush to the new, the weird and the rustic. So take this chance to figure that out for yourself, huh? I think you’ll be surprised how well it stacks up.
Pizzeria Stella [f8b8z]
Scott Schroeder is upgrading his Best of Philly winning Pittsburgh Cheesesteak between now and January 30th, during dinner hours (5 pm. to 10 p.m.), as an alternative to Center City’s restaurant week.
The $35 Pittsburgh Cheesesteak at American Sardine Bar is a 60-day dry-aged Creekstone NY Strip, grilled royal trumpet mushrooms, truffled triple cream Brie and foie gras gravy fries served on a seeded roll. The over-the-top-steak is accompanied with a pickle salad.
Center City District’s Restaurant Week has commenced, meaning two weeks of crowded restaurants, limited menus and grumpy waitstaff. Looking to avoid the chaos? Matyson is featuring a lobster tasting menu this week through Thursday, January 22.
This five-course meal is $55 per person.
We’ve hit that point during Restaurant Week where people realize they don’t have reservations for that date, business meeting or girls night out and people are panicking there aren’t any reservations to be had in Center City. One option would be to head to East Passyunk, Chinatown or Fishtown. But another option is to hit a spot in Center City that isn’t participating. So if you’ve always dreamt of a date at Vetri, been meaning to try a meal at Fork or waiting for the perfect time to return to Parc for another luscious dessert, that time is now.
Chops Restaurant, which has been operating as an open air cafe at the Comcast Center, has now opened its indoor space as well. The restaurant that succeeded Table 31 opened yesterday and will only be serving its Restaurant Week menu over its first two weeks. That means there will be a $20 three-course lunch option and a $35 dinner prix fixe as well.
The look is modern but more casual than Table 31 ever was. Once Restaurant Week ends, there will be a grander opening.
Chops Restaurant [Foobooz]
Philadelphia is getting crabby and it isn’t because the Eagles lost (thank goodness). We’ve been spotting crab specials pop up around town. Corner Foodery is offering snow crabs for $9.99 per pound or three blue crabs for $9.99. Each order of blue crabs gets a free 12-ounce draft. And tonight, from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight, the deal works in reverse. Buy a beer and get an order of free crabs.
Sometimes 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.
The 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'; Chops; Foobooz approved Entrée BYOB; High Street on Market; Mixto to satisfy your Cuban cravings; Society Hill Society and Stella Rossa.