Thursday, September 27, 2012

Center City Restaurant Week Round Up: Seven Favorite Spots

This it the list to use when you are dining in Philadelphia! After checking out the Restaurant participant list for this fall's Center City Restaurant Week I counted 30 of them that I had either a drink or a meal at in the past couple years. 

So, I rounded up some of my favorites and put them in this list of seven places you should try to get reservations at one of them this week-September 30 - October 5 and October 7-12. All feature a $35 three-course dinner and some also have three-course lunches for $20 per person. 

The photos below showcase what the restaurant really impressed me with- views, tasty dishes, unique cocktails from margaritas to bloody maries and of course Dip Som Donuts for dessert! Whatever it was that made the place stand out, I have photos of it so here they are. Enjoy! 

Top 5 Center City Restaurant Week Restaurants

  1. R2L
  2. Opa
  3. Tequilas
  4. Devil's Alley
  5. Balcony
  6. Buddakan
  7. El Vez

1. R2L - Panoramic views of Philadelphia. Delicious Fine dining.

View from the table at the window facing west 
Sides: Asparagus and Lobster Mac & Cheese

2. Opa - Modern Greek cuisine in a unique setting.

Fried Calamari with fried papers ... Yummy 
Decor was modern 
3. Tequila's - Authentic Mexican food served with wide selection of 'ritas!  
Sopas with chicken, pork and chorizo 
Rosewater flavored Margarita and seafood ceviche 

4. Devil's Alley - Perfect for weekend brunch spot with must have a Bloody Mary. 

Spicy Bloody Mary - with grilled shrimp on top

Turkey burger with fries
Brunch special: Tacos with shrimp, chorizo and bacon 

5. Balcony - Southern American comfort food refined & tasty at DoubleTree on Broad.  

Chicken and waffles with sweet mashed potatoes 

Cookie tower by Double Tree signature cookies 
View from the Balcony

6. Buddakan - Asian food with a twist. Full service bar too!  

Golden Buddha
Dip Som Donuts with dipping sauce 

7. El Vez - The margarita's here are so good! Classic pictured below.  

Cheers with El Vez Classic Margaritas 


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