Our NON-Restaurant Week Meal Deal Guide
BY BRIDGET SALMONS
Center City Restaurant Week is great and all — who can argue with discounted eats? But with all the RW hoopla, it’s easy to forget that some restaurants all over the city reward their loyal patrons with Restaurant Week-worthy deals all year long. Here, seven restaurants that love us diners unconditionally.
Little Fish’s Sunday night prix fixe is pretty much a food-lovers’ dream come true: five courses for $28. Because, apart from the insanely generous price tag, those five courses include some of the city’s best seafood preparations (halibut cheek with English peas, skate wings with spinach spaetzle and pancetta vinaigrette). 600 Catherine Street, 215-413-3464.
The Sunday-night prix fixe at relative newcomer Bibou has already earned itself a devoted following. Forty-five bucks gets you four courses of classic French cooking by chef Pierre Calmels (a Le Bec-Fin alum). Note: Bibou is closed for winter vacation until February 5th. 1009 South 8th Street, 215-965-8290.
Mémé does a four-course $38 prix fixe on Monday nights. Here’s what you need to know: The sizzling mussels. Make sure you get the sizzling mussels. 2201 Spruce Street, 215-735-4900.
At Distrito, Jose Garce’s Mexican eatery in University City, you can sample four courses of the Iron Chef’s signature cuisine for just $35 any day of the week. And don’t be shy about asking Chef to include some of your favorite dishes (read: the skirt steak nachos). 3945 Chestnut Street, 215-222-1657.
We love the simplicity of MidAtlantic’s nightly $30, three-course deal. Start with the farmhouse salad or clam/oyster stew; move on to the roast chicken, baked haddock, or the nightly special; and end with the seasonal buckle or apple fritters. 3711 Market Street, 215-386-3711.
Bar Ferdinand does its $30 prix fixe a little bit differently. For the first three courses, the whole table is served a bunch of small plates family style, and then individual diners get their choice of an entrée and dessert. No complaints here. 1030 North American Street, 215-923-1313.
We’d be remiss not to mention Modo Mio’s much-beloved and always-available Turista menu: four rustic Italian courses from chef Peter McAndrews (think creamy corn polenta with lamb ragu) for a mere $32. 161 West Girard Avenue, 215-203-8707.
And, hey, Jersey restaurants love you, too. If you happen to be in Haddon Heights from January 26th through the 29th, the South Jersey town is doing a Restaurant Week of its own, offering three courses for $25. Participants include Elements Café, Anthony’s Creative Cuisine, and Kunkel’s Seafood. Check out haddonhts.com for more info.
Research by Justin Pahl