Philadelphia Restaurant Week

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This if for all you Philadelphian readers.

Fancy Philly restaurants such as Audrey Claire or Buddakan aren’t always cut out for the average person’s budget.  While prestigiously known for serving top quality food, with appetizers often priced more than the cost of an entire meal elsewhere, these types of high-end restaurants may not always sound too appealing.

However, this past Sunday kicked off Restaurant Week, meaning over 100 of Philadelphia’s finest restaurants are currently presenting customers with a special deal.  From September 12-17 and September 19-24, a multitude of restaurants will be offering three-course dinners for only $35 per person.

“It’s an exhilarating experience because it’s an excuse to eat somewhere very posh and high quality,” says Max Marine who went to Alma de Cuba during last year’s Restaurant Week.  “It still cuts into my wallet, but it’s a good excuse to say I’m spending a few bucks to go have a great night and a great experience.”

Choosing from a selection of dishes on predetermined prix fixe menus, diners have the opportunity to indulge at some of Philadelphia’s best restaurants.

Restaurant week is the perfect time for customers to expand their palate and experience foods in which they might not normally try.  For instance, as an appetizer why not try Le Bec-Fin’s escargot prepared with hazelnuts in Champagne garlic butter or Amada’s aged manchego cheese paired with truffled lavender honey.

Over 55 restaurants will also be offering special several-course $20 lunch deals, such as Buddhakan, which allows diners to create their own bento boxes.  Customers can choose three options from a reasonably lengthy list that includes edamame ravioli, shrimp spring rolls, and Thai chicken salad, along with a choice between “Crying Chocolate” warm chocolate cake, home-made sorbet, and Panna Cotta with white chocolate, passion fruit, and raspberry foam.

For a full list of participating recipes and a sneak peak at their Restaurant Week menus, visit  Be sure to make reservations in advance, particularly if you have your mind set on a certain place.

“At least a week to two weeks in advance is certainly advised,” said Jessica Thomas, a hostess at Alma De Cuba.

Restaurants tend to fill up quickly and for good reason.  It’s hard to pass up a deal that offers such a pleasantly indulgent experience.  Three courses of gourmet food for conceivably the regurlar price of just one entrée at many of these upscale, “posh” restaurants seems too irresistible to pass up.

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    September 14, 2010 at 8:45 am

    I love restaurant week! What a great way to try out a new restaurant without shelling out a lot of money!

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    The Candid RD
    September 14, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Sounds great to me!! I think this is such a wonderful idea. Some of these menu items are only enjoyed by those who can afford it, like you said, but this is the perfect opportunity for other people to enjoy this food, the food that everyone should be able to enjoy anyway! Columbus does this too, but Nick and I have never taken part. We really should, and we will one day, for sure.

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    Angela (the diet book junkie)
    September 16, 2010 at 5:09 am

    sounds like a sweet deal! conicidently, it’s “international food month” in Sydney next month, but it’s more like $100 for 3 cources. (everything is so expensive here…geez…) i’m surprised you only have to book a week or two in advance! with that deal, you’d think it was a MONTH or two!

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