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5 Center City Restaurant Week Steals

By Danya Henninger
September 5, 2013
Photo by: Danya Henninger

Center City District Restaurant Week is coming up fast, and now’s the time to make reservations if you want to score seats during the September 15-20 and 22-27 event. Over 100 restaurants are participating in the promotion this year, which features three-course dinners for $35. Some of these meals are a better deal than others, though. We combed through the menus and checked out prices - if you like dining out, you’ll want to take advantage of these five steals.

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    Zama

    On the regular menu at Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka’s wood-filled Rittenhouse sushi stop, there’s a three-course chef’s tasting offered for $39. What you usually get for that amount is two apps and seven pieces of nigiri. During Restaurant Week, however, you can choose an entree of a maki roll plus seven pieces of nigiri and also get two starters plus dessert for just $35.

    128 S. 19th St.; 215-568-1027

  • Del Frisco’s

    An eight-ounce filet under the soaring ceiling of this Chestnut Street steakhouse usually runs $39, all by itself, not to mention buffeted by a salad or soup at start and a pudding or mousse at finish. Get all three for the $35 during Restaurant Week and save around $25 on your prime meat feast.

    1426 Chestnut St.; 215-246-0533

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    Barbuzzo

    Marcie Turney’s brand new Little Nonna’s will likely be swamped with Restaurant Week thrill-seekers, but if you don’t mind eating early or late, you can still score a spot at her Mediterranean up the street. Start with the fact that Turney’s salted caramel budino is nearly priceless, and add the value of the three other courses to come up with a solid deal.

    110 S. 13th St.; 215-546-9300

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    Garces Trading Company

    Jose Garces' cafe-market on Locust has a great atmosphere, thanks to the loaves of freshly-baked bread lining the walls and scents of meats and cheeses wafting throughout, but the one drawback is it’s relatively pricey. We added up the least-expensive item from each of the four courses offered for Restaurant Week and came up with $46 - that’s the least the meal would run you, so this is definitely a chance to enjoy it on the thrift.

    1111 Locust St.; 215-574-1099

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    Xochitl

    You could probably fill up on just the bowl of of build-your-own guacamole that begins the meal at this Headhouse Square cantina, and then there are the three dishes that follow. By our count, the four Restaurant Week courses would run you at least $42, and the fact that the Mexican flavors here are spot on seals the deal.

    408 S. 2nd St.; 215-238-7280

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Places Mentioned

Barbuzzo

Mediterranean • Washington Square West

Food26 Decor21 Service22 Cost$43
 
 
 
Zama

Japanese • Rittenhouse Square

Food24 Decor22 Service22 Cost$48
 
 
 
Garces Trading Company

American • Washington Square West

Food24 Decor21 Service23 Cost$43
 
 
 
Xochitl

Mexican • Society Hill

Food21 Decor20 Service21 Cost$42
 
 
 
Del Frisco's Steakhouse

Steakhouse • Rittenhouse Square

Food25 Decor27 Service24 Cost$83
 
 
 
 
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