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January 21, 2011

Center City Restaurant Week Spotlight: Restaurants That Serve Local Food

Twenty Manning Grill is participating in Restaurant Week. (Photo by Jason Varney courtesy Twenty Manning)

Twenty Manning Grill loves to source locally.
(Photo by Jason Varney courtesy Twenty Manning)

It’s no secret we support keeping it local when it comes to dining; the mission of our sister site, Philly Homegrown, is to champion local food and drink. Our last Center City Restaurant Week guide, therefore, is centered on Philadelphia restaurants prioritizing fresh, local ingredients.

You have through January 21st, then the 23rd to 28th, to partake.

Check out our picks for Homegrown-approved restaurants participating in Restaurant Week, below:

Twenty Manning Grill: This accolade-showered spot has rightfully earned its reputation: friends and neighbors flock continually for seasonal, classic fare served in a relaxed setting. Restaurant Week menu here.

Noble: An American Cookery: You’d think Noble’s M.O. of relying on fresh locally grown, sustainable ingredients would falter in the cold months; their rooftop garden hibernates until the spring. But not so. Executive Chef Brinn Sinnott simply turns to local herbs from other sources in winter. Restaurant Week menu here.

Fork Restaurant: Reflective of its use of fresh, local ingredients, Fork’s menu changes daily to emphasize the flavors of the season. The restaurant’s stylish and sophisticated interior complements the contemporary menu. Restaurant Week menu here.

FARMiCiA: FARMiCiA is the conception of Kevin Klause (formerly of the White Dog Cafe), James Barrett and Wendy Smith Born (owners of Metropolitan Bakery). Fittingly, the emphasis here is on great tasting food and beverages crafted from local, organic, and artisanal producers. Restaurant Week menu here.

Pumpkin: “Locals supporting locals” is this rustic BYOB’s mission. Restaurant Week menu here.

Oyster House: Owner Sam Mink strives to use local ingredients whenever possible. Daily changing menus are inspired by the freshest available seafood. Restaurant Week menu here.

Friday Saturday Sunday: This romantic Rittenhouse spot posts recipes on their website, has its own iPad app, and after 37 years is still a beloved local favorite. Can’t get much more locally engaged than that. Restaurant Week menu here.

Center City District Restaurant Week
When: January 16th to 21st and 23rd to 28th
Where: Center City District
Cost: $35 for dinner, $20 for lunch
More info: www.centercityphila.org/restaurantweek

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