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Restaurant Week

September 16, 2010

This week in Philly is Restaurant Week. I try to take advantage of Restaurant Week, since it’s a great way to try new restaurants without the heavy bill. Beware, restaurants do get booked very fast and the restaurants tend to be very busy during this week, so do not plan your romantic dinner date during this week. Last night, I went to a new restaurant called Mercato with a friend. Mercato is a combination of Old Italian food mixed with Italian-American flavors. The atmosphere of the restaurant was very simple. It reminded me of small restaurants that are on every corner in New York. Windows were open in the front, there were tables outside, and probably the fanciest thing in the restaurant were the silver chandeliers hanging over the tables. This was fine with me, since no matter how beautiful the atmosphere, the food is what really matters. If the food stinks I don’t care how pretty the pictures on the wall are. But this food was really good and I will definitely be going back for another visit. I managed to snap a few shots in the close quarters that we were in, and had to not use my flash, so I was not obnoxious :).

{Lump Crabmeat and Cantalope appetizer}

{Molten Chocolate Cake}

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  1. Aunt Bernadette permalink
    September 16, 2010 4:15 pm

    Hi Lauren: I agree about Mercato. We have been there, although a few years back, and it was delicious then. Glad to hear that is it still good. Atmospher is exactly how you explained, but I love the look – simple and relaxing. Good pick – I have to get there again real soon.

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