Restaurant Week Review: DiNardo’s Seafood
Restaurant week began last night, for those that don’t know what restaurant week is I’ll give a quick explanation. Basically participating restaurants provide a set price menu ($30 for three courses) for people to come in and try out their food. It provides a nice way to try out some of the pricier center city dining establishments.
Anyway I decided to participate this time around and had heard good things about DiNardo’s Seafood (3rd and Race). Our reservations were at 7:45PM and upon arrival a little early we checked in and had a drink at the bar. Drink pricing was pretty standard for a center city bar ($6-$10 a cocktail). At promptly 7:45PM we were seated and I was kind of shocked to see that this “fine dining establishment” had tables and chairs I might see at McDonald’s but that’s a different story. Our menus were placed before us (the special restaurant week ones and the regular ones) and after glancing through both I decided to eat off the restaurant week menu, getting the broiled tilapia in white wine sauce. My wife got blackened shrimp alfredo. We also ordered a side of what the menu referred as “the best fires”, which while they were hot, I have had better. My cup of lobster bisque came out and it was decent. By this time we required a refill on our drinks, something that did not happen until well after our meal had been brought out. The broiled tilapia was very good but my wife’s shrimp alfredo had a weird orange tinge to it and a strange taste. Finally we got refills on our drinks and then desert was proposed, unfortunately they only provided three choices, all chocolate which kind of left my wife out in the cold as she is allergic to it. We asked if there was a non-chocolate alternative to which we were met with an evil stare and an “I’ll check”. She did check and revealed they have vanilla ice cream, so my wife ordered that. MY Dark Side of the Moon cake was good, although very rich and I actually never finished it because it was so rich. My wife’s ice cream on the other side seemingly came out of the freezer it had been stored in since the restaurant opened with giant chunks of ice and a funky taste to match. Overall I wouldn’t recommend DiNardo’s the food was good but not worth the price of even the set price of Restaurant Week.