East Passyunk Restaurant Week is near

Photo: Townsend EPX // Credit: KC Tinari
Photo: Townsend EPX // Credit: KC Tinari

Do you hear your tummy rumbling? That’s because East Passyunk Restaurant Week is almost here.

From Feb. 27 through March 10, the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District in South Philly is once again hosting the popular initiative where guests can check out some of the best dining establishments in the area, serving up three-course prix-fixe lunch and dinner offerings at a variety of price points.

East Passyunk, which is home to more than 160 independently owned businesses in South Philadelphia, will once again shine a light on some of the best restaurants around.

“East Passyunk Avenue restaurants have continued to offer an abundance of creativity, comfort and culinary experiences over the last year,” said EPABID Executive Director Adam Leiter. “Supporting them now through daily dining and events like restaurant week ensures that they’ll continue to be here as an essential part of what makes East Passyunk and Philadelphia so special.”

Returning fan-favorite restaurants Bing Bing Dim Sum, Cantina Los Caballitos, Flannel, Gabriella’s Vietnam, Noir Restaurant & Bar, Palace of Indian, P’unk Burger and Townsend EPX are back for another run, in addition to a collection of establishments that will welcome visitors for the 2023 version of the event.

Trendy spots, South Philly favorites and new hotspots are all part of the diverse mix of premier culinary spots spanning cuisines from Vietnamese to Italian to Mexican and beyond. Menus will be available at nearly two dozen spots with options including familiar favorites as well as limited time special dishes.

Prix-fixe lunch and/or dinner menus are priced at $20, $30, $40 and $55 for exclusive, elevated experiences. Below are some of the participating restaurants. For additional information and for a complete list of businesses along East Passyunk Avenue, visit https://www.visiteastpassyunk.com. A full list of participating restaurants can be found at eastpassyunkrestaurantweek.com. Reservations are strongly encouraged and information for booking is available on the bottom of each menu page.

  • Barcelona Wine Bar (1709 E. Passyunk Ave.) – A warm and welcoming Spanish tapas bar with an ever-changing menu focused on seasonal ingredients.
  • Ember & Ash (1520 E. Passyunk Ave.) – A modern approach to global peasant food with menu items cooked in a specially built wood-burning hearth, accompanied by a cocktail program with alcoholic and non-alcoholic options.
  • Gabriella’s Vietnam (1837 E. Passyunk Ave.) – The Best of Philly 2022 winner is a contemporary Vietnamese BYOB that brings soulful Vietnamese street eats and authentic flavors to South Philadelphia.
  • La Scala’s Birra (1700 E. Passyunk Ave.) – Offering a large selection of Italian American favorites and creative pizzas all made fresh daily.
  • Le Virtù (1927 E. Passyunk Ave.) – Elevated Abruzzo Italian fare, showcased via pasta and salumi plus thoughtful wine and beverage programs.
  • Noir Restaurant & Bar (1919 E. Passyunk Ave.) – Montreal-influenced Italian cuisine with seasonally inspired appetizers, entrees and desserts.
  • Ocho Rios Parrilla (1710 E. Passyunk Ave.) – Traditional Caribbean Island food and cocktail recipes with fast, friendly service and a fun, lively, neighborhood vibe.
  • Perla (1535 S. 11th St.) – Offering guests prix fixe Filipino feasts served on bamboo leaves and eaten “kamayan,” Tagalog for “by hand.”
  • Pistolas Del Sur (1934 E. Passyunk Ave.) – Laid-back restaurant known for inventive takes on guacamole and a robust Mexican-influenced menu spanning both land and sea.
  • River Twice (1601 E. Passyunk Ave.) – Chef Randy Rucker’s modern American restaurant dedicated to sustainably sharing the richness of the region’s bounty through intimate Chef’s Counter experiences and tasting menu format dinners.
  • The Dutch (1537 S. 11th St.) – The popular eatery known for reinventing the Pennsylvania Dutch classics helmed by chefs Lee Styer and Kevin Waters. ••