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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It’s A Total Sausage Fest Tonight At Amis

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Zagat has the word on tonight’s all-night, Restaurant-Week-confounding Sausage Party at Amis. $19.99 gets you three courses of sausage. Yards beers are $5. There’s sausage antipasto, multiple-sausage courses to follow and chocolate salami and ice cream for dessert.

Oh, and one other thing? At some point during the night, there’s going to be a sausage-eating contest involving several big-name local chefs. Like Kevin Sbraga, Jen Carroll, Scott Schroeder, Jason Cichonski, Brad Daniels and Le from Hop Sing Laundromat. Chefs being the way they are, there’s no guarantee that the contest will happen, that all or any of them will show up, or that it won’t, at some point, just devolve into a drinking contest (as so many of these sorts of things often do). But seriously, isn’t it worth showing up just for the chance that you’ll get to see something like that?

Anyway, the full details are over on the Zagat blog. You should check it out right now.

Amis Hosts A Chef Sausage Eating Contest [Zagat]

University City Dining Days are Back

2013-dining-daysUniversity City folk looking for awesome dining deals are in luck: University City Dining Days return today, through Thursday, August 1st. Back for its 9th year, the promotion includes 28 of University City’s most popular restaurants. Each restaurant offers a “3 courses, 3 prices” promotion at $15, $25 or $35. . This event is in its 9th year and includes University City’s most popular dining destinations— including Vietnam CafeDock Street Brewery, Distrito, and Han Dynasty.

University City is home to a diverse palette of restaurants, so whether you’re looking for tastes of India, Ethiopia, Vietnam or something much more American, University City Dining Days will make both your wallet and taste buds happy.

University City Dining Days [Official Site]

The $35 Challenge: Eating For Two At Le Virtu

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$35 for three courses sounds like a helluva deal. And that’s what Restaurant Week is built around. But say you want to go somewhere awesome without having to deal with the crowds, the restrictions and the stressed-out wait staffs that are also a part of Restaurant Week. Is that possible?

Yes. And at Le Virtu, with a little bit of math, you can also get a killer Abruzze dinner for two for just $70. And it’s a rather romantic meal, too. Here’s how to do it:

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East Passyunk Gets a Restaurant Week of its Own

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East Passyunk’s Restaurant Week is set to run Sunday, February 24th through Saturday, March 2nd. Several of Philadelphia’s best restaurants will be participating, including Stateside, Will, Le Virtu and Fond. Twenty-one restaurants will offering three-course meals at $15, $25 and $35. Some restaurants are also offering lunch deals in the $15 range.

East Psssyunk Restaurant Week menus are being released over the next couple of days at eastpassyunkrestaurantweek.com. Check out some highlights below.

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Don’t Miss This: 5 Courses for $35 At Time

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With just two nights left in Center City Restaurant Week, we’ve decided to call out individually excellent dishes (and menus) at participating restaurants–just to remind you, in case you haven’t yet had a chance to try them.

What’s that? You’ve been living in a hole for the past two weeks and haven’t yet gotten a chance to get out and experience Restaurant Week. Well, in order to make up for lost time, you could jump on over to Sansom Street where Time is offering up not just three or four courses, but FIVE–all for just $35. True, there are not a lot of options available, but still: It’s a helluva spread for what most folks will generally drop on just drinks. Check it out:

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The $35 Challenge: Eating Late At Southwark

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$35 for three courses sounds like a helluva deal. And that’s what Restaurant Week is built around. But say you want to go somewhere awesome without having to deal with the crowds, the restrictions and the stressed-out wait staffs that are also a part of Restaurant Week. Is that possible?

More than possible, should you happen to find yourself in Queen Village at 11pm and within sprinting distance of Southwark. They’ve got a late-night menu there that’s just perfect for rounding out a long night, and you can eat your fill from it without ever being in danger of cracking the $35 Restaurant Week barrier. Here’s how:

Roasted potatoes $6

Fresh herbs and roasted garlic aioli

Steamed Clams $11

Dry vermouth, shallots, tomato, chili sauce

Charcuterie plate $16

And yeah, that’s only $33. Which means you still have two whole dollars to spare. With that in mind, you have some options. You could dump the clams in favor of grilled Andouille sausage with corn and greens, bringing the total to $34. Or, if you show up a little early, you could go for the escargot (which will bring you to $35 on the nose). Alternately, you could lose the charcuterie plate and have the octopus Bolognese without going over the limit by too much, but you kinda shouldn’t. Because newly-minted exec chef Nick Macri is something of a pig whisperer (I should say salami whisperer, but that just sounds dirty…). Either way, that’s really something you shouldn’t miss out on.

Southwark [Official]

All Restaurant Week Coverage [Foobooz]

 

Restaurant Week Alternatives: Pizza Week at Pizzeria Stella

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So are you sick of Restaurant Week yet? Well if you are, I know exactly what you need.

Pizza.

And not just any pizza, but pizza from Pizzeria Stella which is running its annual anti-Restaurant-Week promotion which will get you 3 courses, plus a beverage of the adult variety, for just $30. For the first course, you have a choice: antipasti, soup or salad (go with the antipasti). For the second course, it’s any pizza on the list (go for the San Danielle). And for the third, a choice of house gelatos (which are all good). Add a draft beer or glass of house wine and what you’ve got is one of the best deals in town right now–which is only running through Friday February 1st.

All Restaurant Week Coverage [Foobooz]

Pizzeria Stella [Official]

Don’t Miss This: The First Course At Chifa

Short Rib Buns at Chifa

With just three short nights left in 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.

Oh, Chifa… If ever there was a better Peruvian/Ecuadorian/Chinese/Japanese fusion restaurant named after a Latin version of fried rice, I’ve never found it. And for Restaurant Week, it’s awful sweet that you’re serving two of my favorite plates in your pick-two first course list.

The pork belly bao buns with pickled daikon and togarishi mayo are a must-order. And because you get to choose two dishes for the first course, pair them with the duck confit and housemade kimchi tacos. Then, when the second course comes around (which also allows you to pick two items), just order the same thing again. And then maybe some extra bao for dessert. Of course, if your server won’t let you do that, ordering the chaufa or the pork ribs as a second course is a perfectly reasonable fall-back position, but it doesn’t hurt to ask, right?

Chifa [Official]

All Restaurant Week Coverage [Foobooz]

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