Good morning, everyone! I hope your Monday is off to a good start. The weather here is awful and I want nothing more than to curl up in bed and stay there for an extra hour-but, no such luck!
I hope you enjoy my recap of Flavors of the Avenue!
‘Flavors’ was an absolutely fabulous event that took place on East Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia on Saturday, April 24.
20 of our award-winning restaurants offering samples of their signature dishes and drinks. Wine, beer, specialty cocktails and coffee are included! This event is rain or shine.
This year’s participating restaurants : Adobe Cafe, Avenue Cheese Shop, Black N Brew, Cantina Los Caballitos, Cellini’s, Chiarella’s, Da Vinci Ristorante, El Zarape, Fond, Fuel, Isabella Pizza, Izumi, Le Virtu, Lucky 13, Mamma Maria’s, Paradiso, Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar, South Philly Bar & Grill, Stogie Joe’s, and Tre Scalini.
We arrived early since I knew it was going to be very crowded. They stamped your hand (if 21 or over) gave you a wrist band, and off we went! Upon entering the tent you were greeted with friendly faces and great smells! I didn’t finish all of the portions so that I could try everything. And I’m glad I did. There were so many restaurants to sample. I wish they had this in every restaurant so you could see if you like it before committing to it for the evening.
First, we got ourselves some drinks ;)
Philadelphia Brewing Company was there, serving an amazing Fleur de Lehigh brew! Out of this world delicious!
Cavit sponsored the wine- not my favorite wine, but they had a nice selection to pair with everything.
The food portion was overwhelming! I didn’t know what to try first.
My first choice was amazing; a perfect bite sized appetizer : Tuna Cerviche from Cantina Los Caballitos This restaurant also had amazing Original and Watermelon Margaritas.
Among the rest of my favorites:
Gnocchi from Mamma Maria- she was so sweet and friendly.
Slow-braised Beef Short Ribs over Creamy Mascarpone Polenta from Paradiso
Shredded Chicken Tostado
And, my first experience with Trippa! Even in Italy, I was so nervous to get this. But, once I inquired at Tre Scalini, I couldn’t turn them down:
So delicious– the consistency is a bit interesting, but it has a great flavor.
And the desserts: Few, but delicious
Amazing chocolate cookies.
Fried Chocolate Ravioli from Isabella Pizza ( I had more than a few of these haha)
There was also a great band playing all day! They played a great mix of songs and Luke and I relaxed in the chairs set up by the stage for a good hour.
An amazing day! The diversity of a city makes for incredible culinary experiences. The $20 entrance fee was more like a passport to several different countries in only a few hours!
The people were great, and several of the restaurants left me thinking of their dishes when I left. I will definitely be visiting Passyunk in the near future and dining at one of these special places.