Mercato Has A Plan To Make Tuesdays Tastier

Pistachio and apricot cannoli at Mercato.

Pistachio and apricot cannoli at Mercato.

Other than Taco Tuesdays, I’m having a hard time coming up with anything exciting about the third day of the week.

See, Mondays are an activity unto themselves. Center City Sips revived Wednesdays (as did Drake Night at the Dolphin Tavern, but I suppose that’s personal), and Night Markets and Dollar Strolls help liven up our Thursdays. Come Friday, if you’re still looking for something to do, this city has about a million and a half weekend bites and activities to keep you full and busy. But Tuesdays? Sort of nada.

But wait…

Wagyu Tasting at Mica

mica-wagyuRunning from Wednesday, May 13th through Friday, May 15th, Chestnut Hill’s Mica is presenting wagyu beef three different ways, as part of a four-course, $49 menu. The well-marbled beef is being showcased raw, and as brisket and tri-tip cuts.

Take the dinner in from Mica’s new deck, just added for the warm weather.

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Total Rampage at Matyson


I’m pretty sure by now you know that spring is here. But it’s not just the warm weather, the longer days and a sudden revival of Philadelphia’s greenery that has us excited.

We’re excited for the multiple spring menus we’ve been showing you, which debut more fresh veggies and cocktails that have us ready to ditch work and spend the day drinking outside.

But we’re also excited because spring means ramp season. It’s that almost sweet type of onion that sort of resembles a scallion, but has the odor of garlic. You can only find it around this time each year and, ladies and gentlemen, it has arrived in Philadelphia.

To celebrate the veggie, Matyson is throwing a rampage (get it?). From Monday, April 27 through Thursday, April 30, the Rittenhouse restaurant is featuring a ramp tasting menu.

The menu is five courses for $55 per person. If you’re pretty excited for ramps, than you can make your reservation here.

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Forest & Main Beers at Beast & Ale This Week

beast-and-ale-940Manayunk’s Beast & Ale is offering a ridiculously good tasting menu this week. The sister bar/restaurant of all the Feliz restaurants is offering three courses and three beers from Ambler’s Forest & Main for just $18. They’re also offering the three Forest & Main beers for $10.

Among the beers is Forest & Main’s Petit Dubois, a dark saison aged in apple brandy barrels for six months.

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Laurel Goes Exclusively to Tasting Menus

Photo by by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Photo by by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Starting in May, Laurel will be moving to only offering tasting menus. Currently, Nick Elmi’s East Passyunk BYOB offers the option of a la carte during the week with tasting menus only on Fridays and Saturdays. Elmi tells us, 70% of weeknight guests are now choosing the tasting menu and “it really doesn’t make sense for a small space like ours to carry a full menu.” Elmi says it has always been the goal to go tasting menu only at Laurel, and the restaurant’s reception has allowed him to speed up the process.

The number of courses and pricing remains the same, 7 courses for $85 per person.

May reservations will be available beginning on Tuesday, March 3rd, starting at noon.

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Frecon Farms Hosts Free “Winter Warmer” Tasting Event

Frecon’s Cidery will offer a tasting of the Apfelwein Still Off Dry Cider.

Frecon’s Cidery will offer a tasting of the Apfelwein Still Off Dry Cider.

Frecon Farms, a pick-your-own orchard and local produce market located in Boyertown, is rolling out their new, savory winter bakery items with a free open house and tasting on Saturday, January 31 from 10am to 4pm. The event will feature cider samples from Frecon’s cidery, as well as a cheese tasting from Valley Milkhouse Creamery, but the real draw is the spread of samples that they’re laying out.

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