The celebrated Center City Restaurant Week is back this fall, with 100 participating restaurants. For the week of Sept. 10-15, Philadelphians and tourists can dine on delicious three course-meals, all for $30. That’s right, for a flat $30 (excluding alcoholic beverages, tax, and gratuity for larger parties) you can have a three course meal, including appetizers, main dishes, and desserts in the likes of Bridget Foy’s, Philadelphia Fish & Co., and City Tavern.
This year restaurant patrons are encouraged to make a reservation using OpenTable, an online reservation service. Reservations should be made in advance to avoid long lines and the risk of being turned away.
The roster of restaurant cuisines ranges from Asian to Italian and seafood to pasta. Even vegetarians and health-nuts have a wide selection of dishes to choose from. For those looking for reasons to break their diet routine, there are plenty of scrumptious dessert choices included on all the menus.
“I think it’s a great opportunity to eat excellent food at a very reasonable price,” said recent Temple graduate Lauren Kuznick. “$30 sounds pricey, but considering I paid $24 last weekend to go to a chain restaurant, it’s a steal.”
Participating restaurants are offering their best menu items for the Restaurant Week menu. Bridget Foy’s offers a four-course meal, featuring items such as Crab Gazpacho and Goat Cheese Salad for the first course, followed by a second course of appetizers like Pot Stickers and Lobster Ravioli. For the main course, patrons can choose from delectable dishes including Filet Mignon and Spice Grilled Pork Tenderloin. To top it all off, desserts include Apple Tart, Molten Chocolate Cake, or Banana Carmel Cheesecake.
Another Philly favorite, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, joins the fun with a first course choice of three salads, plus three main course and side choices ranging from the stuffed chicken breast to the salmon fillet. Dessert includes a choice between chocolate mousse cheesecake and the warm apple crumb tart.
What makes the week-long promotion so engaging is the price.
Working men and women and students alike can take advantage of the offer and dine in classy establishments with their friends and loved ones. It also introduce patrons, Philadelphia natives or not, to the Center City food culture. From cheesesteaks to seafood to Italian eateries and beyond,
Center City and all of Philadelphia have plenty of restaurants to choose from that feature a first class dining experience.
“I’m really excited to spend some time with my best friend, eating some of the most fantastic food in Philadelphia,” Kuznick said. “All of the restaurants are fine-dining, and that’s great for us consumers. We’re definitely getting our money’s worth.”
For more information about Center City Restaurant Week, consult the Center City District Web site at www.centercityphila.org/restaurantweek.
Marta Rusek can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.