Did you miss Fall Center City District’s Restaurant Week?
Fortunately, when you live in Center City, Philly, you can pretend it’s restaurant week all year round. We’re here to boil your restaurant options from 120+ down to our top 5 picks. Hey, you might have missed the main event, but that certainly doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a superb meal tonight. Just don’t forget to make reservations!
1516 Sansom Street – Nearby Parking
Perhaps you’ve experienced the magic of a twin lobster dinner at the Oyster House—composed of two one-pound buttery Maine lobsters and corn on the cob. If you haven’t, you truly haven’t lived. That may sound dramatic, but trust us, you’ll agree once you dig in. It’s a Wednesday night event that will run through July and August. If you can’t make it, grab six or more friends, and for $25 each, you could all experience a New England style clam bake, with steamed clams & mussels, maine lobster, merguez sausage, kale, and potatoes.
Butcher and Singer
1500 Walnut Street – Nearby Parking
On their snazzy website (try not to open it at work with your speakers up), Butcher and Singer refer to themselves as “not your ordinary run-of-the-mill steakhouse.” And we agree wholeheartedly. This swanky spot will have you feeling like Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn, and they’ll treat you like you’re royalty. Enjoy Shrimp & Crab Louie or one of their divinely charred steaks, and soak up the relaxing, lush decor. Stop by for lunch if you’re in the mood for raw shellfish. Their raw bar is to die for.
Alma De Cuba
1623 Walnut Street – Nearby Parking
Alma de Cuba’s website is a bit difficult to navigate, but hey, they have more important things to manage. Like creating the perfect ceviches, from the Agua Chile Sea Scallop to the Thai Young Coconut Mixto. Start your meal with Gloria’s Black Bean Soup, drizzled with crema fresca and croquetas de arroz (basically, delicious cream and corn croquettes). Then, go for the Vaca Frita—a pan seared skirt steak that comes with belly-filling black beans, white rice, and tomato escabeche (traditional pickled tomatoes). Or, dig into Lechon Asado, crispy roasted pork, congri rice, and sour orange mojo. One thing’s for sure—nothing here is boring.
124 S 18th Street – Nearby Parking
I dare you to find one person who can’t find something to eat at the (very British) Dandelion. Even your most picky foodie friends will adore this Philly favorite. Go for Welsh rarebit with whole grain mustard and tangy cheddar on buttermilk toast, then move on to chicken and duck liver parfaits, with grape chutney, cornichons, and brioche toast (you can never have too much toast.) For the main course? Try the crispy Hampshire pork belly, with braised red cabbage and mustard jus, or the simple bangers and mash, with Cumberland sausages, mashed potatoes, and onion gravy. Everything Steven Starr (the owner) touches turns to…delicious.
Barbuzzo Mediterranean Kitchen and Bar
110 S 13th Street – Nearby Parking
Vegetarians love you, Barbuzzo. Take one look at this menu, and rejoice in the abundance of healthy and not-so-healthy vegetarian options. From Mediterranean olives with orange zest, crunchy marcona almonds, and fried rosemary, to comforting Burrata cheese with roasted heirloom carrots, spring caponata, and pine nuts (hold the prosciutto), it’s a vegetarian’s dream come true. Non-vegetarians will find plenty of italian cured meats and meatballs to keep them happy. If you haven’t tried the grilled Mediterranean octopus yet, it’s time.
Now you can look forward to next year’s Restaurant Week in Center City with an educated foodie’s eye! Be on the lookout for information by following CCD Restaurant Week on Twitter @PhilaRestWeek. In the meantime, looking for an amazing luxury apartment in Philly that’s close to all of the best events? Get in touch with us at The Granary today.