Philly Restaurant Week 2014 Recap

Since Philly’s Center City’s restaurant week was extended to a two week long event, I decided to splurge this year and dine at a little more than a handful of restaurants.

Jamonero

Jamonera

I love Spanish food so the first first destination was Jamonera. The bread pudding was amazing and definitely my favorite part. Don’t get me wrong, the food was good – but nothing too impressive.

Amada

Amada

Because Jamonera wasn’t enough, I got more Spanish food at Amada. The food I ordered at Amada was much better! Aside from the calamari, which was a bit bland and boring, everything else was delicious. The ribs were especially tasty.

La Viola

La Viola

Unsurprisingly, my favorite dining experience was at an Italian restaurant. A few friends and I brought two bottles of wine to lunch at La Viola, a small family owned BYOB. The food was beyond amazing. I ordered the tilapia and I can say for certain that I’ve never had tilapia that good before. I just can’t get over that white wine sauce! And let’s not forget the cannoli cake.

Garces Trading Co.

Garces Trading Co.

Food is always good at Garces Trading Co. Unfortunately, I was still a little full from lunch at La Viola. I know, greedy, greedy me. The Tuscan Fusilli Alla Carbonara was a little more al dente than I would normally like, but I really enjoyed my partner’s scallop risotto.

Barbuzzo

Barbuzzo

Barbuzzo gets a lot of brownie points from me this year. I crave the caramel budino as soon as I walk in, though I can’t help but stuff myself with the main course. I have not had a disappointing item at Barbuzzo yet. The caramel budino is a definite must try. This is coming from someone who normally dislikes caramel.

Bistrot La Minette

Bistrot La Minette

Lastly, the restaurant so good I went twice: Bistrot La Minette. I came here on two different occasions with different people within two weeks. It was still worth it both times. I would not really recommend the duck as it was nothing special, but everything else was very good – especially the atmosphere.

As this was a recap, everything was kept brief. I would like to go back and do some thorough reviews of the dishes at some point – if I can recall anything from those dinners.