Oh baby, It’s Philly Restaurant Week at the Butcher and Singer

This Friday marked the last day of Philadelphia’s Center City Restaurant week, so before this wonderful opportunity passed us by, a few of my friends and I decided to take advantage of it. While the focus of this blog is to promote home-made meals at school, this deal is too good to pass up. For restaurant week, some of the best and fanciest restaurants in Philly provide three course meals for just $20 for lunch and $35 for dinner. It’s a chance to get a taste of some places that are out of many, if not all college students’ price ranges.

We decided on a lunch at Butcher and Singer, a classic steakhouse owned by restaurant giant, Stephen Starr.

During restaurant week, eateries offer usually about three choices for each major course of a meal, appetizer, entrée and dessert. Butcher and singer was no different. For the first course, the choices were shrimp cocktail, caesar salad and tomatoes and mozzarella for an appetizer. Sadly, I couldn’t get a picture of any of these because they were simply gone too quickly. I can say it was the best caesar salad I’ve ever had though.

For the second course, they offered a seared tuna salad, their signature butcher burger and salmon. All five of us went with the burger (which can be seen at the top of the post) which was topped with fried onions and aged cheddar cheese and served with a side of hand-cut french fries. I saw other tables get the salad and salmon and made me wish we could go back so I could try both.

Dessert choices included caramel creme, chocolate fudge cake and orange sherbet. Both guys in the group went with the sherbet.

The girls all went with the chocolate fudge cake.

All-in-all it was an incredible meal but the real draw about Butcher and Singer is the atmosphere. It’s an incredible building and the decor made us feel like we were in “Mad Men.”

Have one regret about restaurant week it is that I can’t really take advantage of it. If I had a real job I would go to a different place every night. When it comes around next year, I hope to do just that.

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