Center City District Restaurant Week 2011

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Fall is almost upon us, and with the change in seasons comes an event that many of us look forward to all year long: the Center City District Restaurant Week. This year, Restaurant “Week” is actually almost two full weeks, running from September 12th-16th, and September 18th-23rd. Participating restaurants will feature three-course prix fixe dinner menus for $35, and many of them will also offer three-course lunch menus for $20. With so many tantalizingly affordable menus to choose from, reservations for all participating restaurant are sure to go fast; that’s why we’re making ours now.


Cuba’s rich culture and cuisine may seem like a guarded secret to some, but luckily a glimpse of the country’s culinary treasures can be had at Alma de Cuba. Executive Chef Douglas Rodriguez became the face of haute Latin cuisine years ago, and continues to preserve and play with traditional flavors and techniques today. Click HERE for Alma de Cuba’s full Restaurant Week Dinner Menu.


Buddakan explores all the tasty facets of fine Asian cuisine with its expansive menu that crosses borders and marries favorites. Served in a dining space that is super chic and sophisticated, Buddakan’s enticing array of traditional specialties and contemporary interpretations are as pleasing to the eyes as they are to the appetite. Check out Buddakan’s Restaurant Week Lunch Menu and Dinner Menu for all the irresistible details.


Take a step, or two, back in time and experience a bygone era of opulence at Butcher and Singer. This old-school chop house offers the full package for classic steakhouse dining; from the romantic lighting to the menu of nostalgic dishes done right, Butcher and Singer captures the essence of the good times. And the good times are just what Butcher and Singer will be serving up with their Restaurant Week Lunch and Dinner Menu. And may we recommend a classic Manhattan, or two, to go with these classic menus?

For another take on steak, visit Union Trust. Located in a historic building boasting stunning architectural elements and two full bars, Union Trust not only prides itself on offering prime-cut steaks, but also features an award-winning raw bar and seafood specialties. See HERE for the full Union Trust Restaurant Week Dinner Menu.


Caribou Café brings a luscious taste of Paris to the fine people of Philly through its classic bistro-style restaurant and menu. Its 30-foot antique bar beckons guests to relax and settle in for a while, where they can linger over an imported craft brew or glass of wine. The menu of classic French comfort food created by Chef Olivier Desaintmartin keeps visitors both satisfied and hungry for more. Both the Caribou Café Restaurant Week Dinner Menu and Lunch Menu are available to swoon over.

ZINC is Chef Olivier’s second restaurant, introducing guests to the “le marais” style of restaurant found in that district of Paris. Beyond being popular for its daily fare, ZINC has also garnered quite the reputation for its signature cocktails served at its lovely antique zinc bar. Look HERE for the full Restaurant Week Dinner Menu.

Showcasing artful and inventive French dishes that are as bold in flavor as they are in presentation, Chef Georges Perrier’s Le Bec Fin is a restaurant best enjoyed in courses. Seasonal ingredients take center stage in every dish served, and each dish is a brush stroke in the full composition of the meal. Experience the period-inspired luxuriousness of the Le Bec Fin dining room, which complements the inspired vision of the cuisine. See the full Restaurant Week Lunch Menu and Dinner Menu for your own taste of inspiration.


Varalli Restaurant specializes in serving Northern Italian cuisine with an emphasis on gourmet seafood dishes and Mediterranean influences. A favorite with locals and tourists alike for years, Varalli caters to both the business diner and weekend reveler. All the details to the Varalli Restaurant Week Dinner Menu are HERE.

Ristorante Panorama is located in Philadelphia’s Penn’s View Hotel, but takes guests straight to Italy with its contemporary “trattoria” style cuisine. Boasting dishes made with homemade pastas, fresh seafood, and seasonal produce, Ristorante Panorama creates a dining experience that is familiar yet intriguing. The restaurant’s extensive and thoughtful wine list is perfectly suited for pairings and flights. Check out the full Restaurant Week Dinner Menu HERE.

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse occupies prime real estate in the historic Provident Bank, and retains the lavish architecture and accents of a grand era. In the impressive dining room dominated by huge windows that allow natural light to bath the entire space, as well as massive columns supporting the high ceilings, Davio’s serves regional Italian cuisine—much of which comes straight off the grill. Taking a slightly different approach to Restaurant Week, Davio’s is offering distinct menus for the first and second week of the event: these are the Lunch Menu and Dinner Menu for the 12th-16th—and these are the Lunch and Dinner menus for the 18th-23rd.

With our minds whirling with thoughts of delectable multi-course menus and budget-friendly rendezvous to come, we embark on Restaurant Week—a time for all, not just for some!


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