Have you made your reservations for East Passyunk Restaurant Week yet?
The neighborhood-wide food fest is super-sized this year, with 12 days of $15, $25 and $35 menus available at 24 unique East Passyunk Avenue restaurants from Monday, February 27 through Friday, March 10.
We’ve been scouring the menus, and taste-testing our way up and down the Avenue, and now we’re sharing our picks for the 10 East Passyunk Restaurant Week dishes that you need to try.
- Beef Cheek Kaldereta at Perla: Chef Lou Boquila is kicking off his EPRW debut with a bang, and offering a full menu of Filipino specialties. One dish we can’t wait to try is his Beef Cheek Kaldereta, a traditional Filipino dish that’s served during celebrations. Perla is serving it with fried potatoes, maitake and eggplant puree as part of their nightly $35 menu option.
- Shrimp a la Diabla at El Sarape – El Sarape is bringing the heat this Restaurant Week with their famous Steak Fajitas. Sizzling slices of steak are served hot with onions and peppers, and topped with their own blend of spices. It’s one of El Sarape’s most popular dishes, and it’s just one of the choices on their $25 dinner menu.
- Truffle Pizza at Birra – Is there anything that sounds better than a Truffle Pizza? We don’t think so! Birra is serving this pie with a mix of Taleggio and Mozzarella cheeses, plus local mushrooms, extra virgin olive oil, shaved black truffle and the whole thing is topped with a fried egg. It’s decadent, it’s delicious, and we can’t wait to order it!
- Lamb Feta Mint Burger at P’unk Burger – Hungry for lunch? P’unk Burger has five different burgers on their $15 menu, and the one that we’re most eager to try is their Lamb Feta Mint Burger. It’s basically a Greek vacation on a bun – sliced cucumber, feta mint spread, sliced tomato and grilled red onions on top of one of the most delicious lamb burger patties you’ll ever try. Pair it with fries and a shake (Spicy Chocolate Caramel, anyone?) for an out-of-this world lunch or dinner.
- Foie Gras-Armagnac Prune Squash at Townsend: There’s a $8 supplement charge to order this dish at Townsend, but we think it’s worth it. The perfectly-paired foie gras and prune terrine is a lovely complement to the dish’s frisee, stone fruit and saba. And, it’s a stunning plate. Dinner at Townsend is as much of a feast for the eyes as it is for the stomach.
- Braised Shortrib at Paradiso – Paradiso is serving up some delicious dishes for East Passyunk Restaurant Week, and we can’t wait to try their Braised Short Rib! It’s served with a parsnip puree and Swiss Chard, and braised until it’s incredibly tender.
- Chicken Pot Pie at Noir – Noir is known for their comfort food classics, and for EPRW, they’ll be serving up a Creamy Chicken Pot Pie. Chunks of chicken and roasted vegetables in a creamy sauce will be served in a puff pastry crust… and it should definitely be a dish you should try!
- Minestra alla Molisana at Tre Scalini – Just like your Nonna used to make! Tre Scalini’s vegetarian minestrone soup is made with fresh vegetables, and thickened with Italian corn meal in the classic preparation. As part of their $35 dinner menu, it’s the perfect way to start your meal.
- Risotto at Stateside: Even if you’re not a vegetarian, you’ll love Stateside’s vegetarian risotto, made with radicchio, truffle and pecorino. The creamy, delicious dish is a crowd-pleaser, and the perfect hearty entrée to round out your meal.
- Malted Milk Chocolate Ice Cream and Peanut Brittle at Fond: Dessert is often overlooked during Restaurant Week, but you can’t let this treat pass you by. Belle Cakery will be serving their house-made malted milk chocolate ice cream with peanut brittle at Fond, and it needs to make your ‘must eat’ list. Think of it as an elevated take on your favorite flavor combination of chocolate and peanut butter, with just a hint of peanut brittle saltiness that ties the whole dish together.
To see all of the menus, and to make reservations at many of the restaurants, visit http://www.eastpassyunkrestaurantweek.com/.