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Aug 6, 2013 07:39 AM

Center City Restaurant Week


It's purely coincidental, but I'll be in town during this time. Which places, if any, do well during RW? Most of the menus have not been posted yet.

I see it as an opportunity to dine with friends that would otherwise not go out to dine at some of the "better" restaurants in the city.

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  1. I'm generally not a fan of RW, but we went to Sampan last time and I thought it was a good deal. They simply offer their normal Chef's Tasting menu for $35 pp (normal price $45 pp) and you get to pick the dishes off of the full menu. So instead of dining somewhere with a stripped down menu, you get many more choices.

    1. I still plan on doing some solo dining at Serpico, and some other spots - consider RW pre-gaming, if you will. :)

      1. We always try to eat at the "best" restaurants possible -- that 's how you get the best bang for your buck. Lacroix and others on that level if possible,

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        1. re: Beulah

          I have to disagree. Some of the worst dining experiences I have had in Philadelphia over the past decade are at the "best" restaurants during restaurant week. It just doesn't scale. The servers and kitchen are off their game, the menu is too restricted, and you get the worst they have to offer. I recommend sticking to places that are not losing tons of money at the RW price point, who offer their full menu with a normally operating kitchen, and where you will get a small break in price for a meal you might not have tried otherwise. It's simple, you get what you pay for, and a meal at a "best" restaurant for a quarter of the price will be a quarter as good as you want it to be.

          1. re: fava_bean

            Had a bad RW experience at LBF (Bar Lyonnaise). Have to agree with you.

          1. Thanks for your input!

            I've decided to avoid the restaurants participating in RW. I plan on doing dinner at Vernick and Serpico, with happy hours at a.bar and Brauhaus Schmitz. A lunch at Fork is in the cards as well.