Tonight Picks: Center City Restaurant Week, Fringe Festival, Free Food At Tuk Tuk Real, Battle Of The Burger At The Piazza And More

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Tonight, Center City Restaurant Week continues to bring deals to more than 100 restaurants in the city, including Barbuzzo, pictured above. (Photo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia)

The city is full of dinner deals tonight as Center City Restaurant Week and Center City Restaurant Week alternatives fill more than 100 eateries.

Once again, more than 120 restaurants in Center City will offer three-course dinners for only $35 per person and three-course lunches for $20. Notable participating restaurants include newcomers like Abe Fisher, Entrée BYOB and Bank and Bourbon. Make your reservations — your dinner plans are set!

For some free food, hit up Tuk Tuk Real, the newest restaurant from Circles’ chef and owner Alex Boonphaya’s. Celebrate the new restaurant (which officially opens tomorrow) with free food and drinks at the South Street restaurant.

Also tonight, the Fringe Festival continues to entertain audiences with progressive shows on stages throughout the city — from spoken-word performances to dance.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

Center City Restaurant Week

Center City Restaurant Week continues to bring $35 three-course dinners to some of the hippest restaurants in Philadelphia. Visit any one of the more than 100 participating restaurants for dinner deals and delicious tastes. For those looking to save even further on restaurant week, check out our picks for BYOB spots participating in Center City Restaurant Week.

When: Wednesday, September 10
Where: Participating Restaurants
Cost: $35 plus tax, gratuity and alcohol

Fringe Festival

The Fringe Festival, the city’s premier performance festival — featuring works of theater, dance, visual arts, music and spoken-word at venues across the city — continues to wow audiences with progressive performances this evening. Click here for our guide to the festival, and click here for our neighborhood performance picks.

When: Wednesday, September 10
Where: Participating Locations
Cost: Varies

Battle of the Burger at The Piazza at Schmidt’s

Taste some of the city’s best burgers at Philadelphia Magazine’s Battle of the Burger. From 6 to 9 p.m., sample burgers from 20 of the city’s best burger restaurants and vote for your favorite. Participating restaurants include Rex 1516, Valanni, Taproom on 19th and Davio’s. Also enjoy beer from Amstel Light, games and music. Tickets are $60 at the door.

When: Wednesday, September 10, 6-9 p.m.
Where: The Piazza at Schmidt’s, 1050 N. Hancock Street
Cost: $60

Soft Opening at Tuk Tuk Real Restaurant

Circles’ Chef and owner Alex Boonphaya celebrates his latest restaurant, Tuk Tuk Real, with a soft opening tonight complete with free food and drinks. Visit the thai taqueria from 6 to 9 p.m. for plates that incorporate the flavors of both Mexico and Thailand like moo ping burritos. The restaurant officially opens its doors tomorrow, so head over tonight for an early taste.

When: Wednesday, September 10, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Tuk Tuk Real, 429 South Street
Cost: Free

Tonight, more than 20 restaurants battle it out for the title of the best burger in Philadelphia at the Battle of the Burger at the Piazza. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)
Tonight, more than 20 restaurants battle it out for the title of the best burger in Philadelphia at the Battle of the Burger at the Piazza. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

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Pizza Week at Pizzeria Stella

Craving pizza? Hit up Pizzeria Stella for an almost too-good-to-be-true dinner deal. For $30, enjoy an appetizer, pizza, a scoop of gelato and a beer, soda or glass of wine.

When: Wednesday, September 10
Where: Pizzeria Stella, 420 S. 2nd Street
Cost: $30 plus gratuity and tax

Beer Gardens

The beer gardens of summer are still here in a big way. Celebrate this beautiful late-summer evening with an alfresco beer at one of the city’s great beer gardens. Visit spots like PHS Pop-Up Garden, Spruce Street Harbor Park, Independence Beer Garden, Morgan’s Pier and more. Click here for our full guide to the best beer gardens in Philadelphia.

When: Wednesday, September 10,
Where: Participating Locations
Cost: Pay as you go

Restaurant Week Deal at Percy Street Barbecue

Percy Street Barbecue puts its own spin on restaurant week with a $35 for two (yes, two!) people. Through September 19, fill up on mac and cheese, jalapeño cheddar cornbread, pulled pork, barbecue chicken, brisket, beans, collard greens, German potato salad and coleslaw. Woah.

When: Wednesday, September 10
Where: Percy Street Barbecue, 900 South Street
Cost: $35 for two, plus tax and gratuity

Center City Sips Extension at Chops at the Comcast Center

Center City Sips may have ended for the season a few weeks ago, but Chops at the Comcast Center keeps the party going with Center City Sips deals from 5 to 7 p.m. Enjoy $5 cocktails, $4 glasses of wine and $3 Bud Lights while getting down to tunes from DJ Johnny Looch.

When: Wednesday, September 10, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Chops at the Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Cost: Pay as you go

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