August 25, 2009
I come from a family where tradition is important, and when I moved to Philadelphia, I always felt the need to have some sort of weekly routine with a group of friends. You know, a tradition, something that we all did together, every week. Because hey, there’s nothing like a tradition to make you feel comfortable and a little bit more at home. So I turned to Smiths, a Center City restaurant that shares my last name, for a weekly tradition that’s both cheap and delicious. How cheap? I’m talking two dollars cheap.
Every Tuesday, a group of friends and I get together to take advantage of, what we think, is one of the best deals in Center City. Tuesdays at Smiths brings with it an amazing deal; a large, steaming bowl of mussels for $2. A dozen of them, doused in a garlic-butter sauce with chopped tomatoes and slices of bread.
Once you’re done devouring the succulent bivalves, I challenge you to resist using a shell as a spoon to slurp up the sauce. People might stare, but that’s alright. It’s delicious. Leave your bread sitting in the bowl at the bottom, and wait til it’s saturated to the point that it’s falling apart. Take a bite. You’ll thank me.
It’s a rare thing in this city to be able to throw down a twenty, and feed an entire table full of friends. I love Tuesdays.
Smiths Restaurant & Lounge
39-41 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103