Center City Restaurant Week

The Twisted Tail's Fried Chicken

Center City Restaurant Week

Running from January 15 through the 28th, Philly’s Center City District Restaurant Week has 60 plus participating restaurants offering food and fare to satisfy, regardless of craving. 

Center City Restaurant Week in Philly kicks off next week and lacks for nothing in terms of variety or options. There are over 60 restaurants that are joining the week-long dining event in which they get to show off what they bring to the table… literally. Here is a short list of a few favorites and standouts that you should patronize. 

Come experience an exquisite three-course prix fixe dinner at Patchwork, a vibrant restaurant and bar tucked away on the second floor of Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia. Executive Chef Jonathan Dearden brings us a delightful array of dishes for the evening, commencing with Gochujang Brussels Sprouts served with ginger, cilantro, and garlic crunch. Followed by Pan Roasted Salmon thoughtfully paired with corn purée, succotash made from Brussels sprout, and bacon jam; or try Orecchiette topped with artichoke, broccoli rabe, and pecorino shavings as an alternative main course. To complete this meal experience is Patchwork’s signature dessert – Olive Oil Carrot Cake iced in creamy cream cheese frosting. Not to forget Patchwork’s featured cocktail – Winter Whiskey Sour crafted using Knob Creek Rye whiskey, local apple butter, lemon, and Aquafaba. 

Center City Restaurant Week
Patchworks’ Olive Oil Carrot Cake

Submerge your taste buds in Forsythia, Chef Christopher Kearse’s acclaimed French restaurant and bar located in Old City. Indulge with a three-course prix-fixe dinner for just $40 per person and entice your palette even more with the whiskey Manhattan presented as the featured cocktail. Sample from an impressive array of dishes such as Escargot paired with chartreuse-almond butter, pickled pearl onion, and bergamot croûton or Sweet Potato Bisque accompanied by Jonah crab, brown butter crème fraîche, and pumpkin seed granola. 

Olive Oil Carrot Cake
Forsythia’s Sweet Potato Bisque

Restaurateurs are invited to enjoy Square 1682, a modern American upbeat kitchen located in the Kimpton Hotel Palomar. Square 1682 has prepared an unbeatable menu for the evening featuring dishes like Skillet Cornbread with luscious honey butter, a timeless Caesar Salad, and their extraordinary Bistro Steak Au Poivre. On their menu, you’ll find Fried Calamari with roasted garlic and lime aioli, Gnocchi made from honey nut squash mixed together with broccolini, and goat cheese, sage brown butter. For dessert – Housemade Cookie and Sweet Popcorn, Black Forest Cake drizzled with cherry reduction or Peach Crisp topped off with creamy vanilla ice cream. Square 1682 has created a unique cider mule named Orchards Abound combining Masala Infused Suntory Haku Vodka along with apple cider, five spice, and lemon.  

Center City Restaurant Week
Square 1682’s Grilled Baby Octopus

For the main course, tantalize your taste buds with succulent Glazed Shortrib paired with parsnip, caramelized endive, and Chanterelle mushrooms finished off with a sauce au poivre, or savor some delectable Stuffed Crêpes filled to the brim with leeks, caramelized onions and smoked mozzarella topped by black truffle. End your meal on a sweet note by selecting from two scrumptious desserts: Lemon Curd Tarte or Chocolate Pot De Crème. To accompany these delights try one of Forsythia’s delightful wine options or why not indulge in their spirited Metro A ($16) containing Knob Creek Rye whiskey blended together with Dolin Dry Vermouth plus salted maple syrup orange bitters?

For a special treat, head to The Twisted Tail on Headhouse Square for an amazing four-course dinner featuring some of their signature comfort dishes. Start off with the Shishito Peppers or Smoked Wings as your appetizers, followed by Fried Chicken drizzled with rosemary honey and sweet potato fries. Finish it all off with creamy Beignets, Vanilla Panna Cotta, or White Chocolate Pot de Creme paired perfectly with Knob Creek Rye Whiskey Old Fashioned.  

Center City Restaurant Week
The Twisted Tail’s Apple Cobbler

Note that these are just a few of the many options that Philly’s Center City District Restaurant Week has to offer. Part of the adventure is getting out and supporting these 60-plus restaurants by exploring and discovering new table offerings and new vibes. And bring your appetite.

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