Flavors on the Avenue Media Tour

-Brenda Hillegas

East Passyunk Ave has no shortage of restaurants. About once a month, I head down there (all the way from Roxborough) with the husband and the dog in tow for lunch. Sometimes it’s overwhelming! I’m always torn between returning to a favorite on the street or picking out something new.

If you head to East Passyunk Ave on Sunday, April 30th, though, you won’t have that problem. The Flavors on the Avenue Street Festival is returning along East Passyunk Ave between Broad and Dickinson. This is the perfect opportunity to explore East Passyunk Ave and get to know all of the restaurants along the way. Unlike previous years where the festival was under a tent, you’ll now be able to stroll the streets and visit each participating restaurant as a neighborhood-wide street festival surrounds you. There will be sidewalk sales and specials from the local shops, craft vendors, and a kid zone with live music and interactive art displays from the Philadelphia Art Museum.

You can pay as you go, as each restaurant will have dishes available for $3 to $6. Again, this is the perfect way to sample places you haven’t been to before. OR…you can go big or go home by purchasing the “Flavors Taste” book for $50. Judging from what these restaurants served up last night on the media preview tour, I can tell you that this is the best deal. Not only do you get coupons for sample-sized dishes from all of the participating restaurants, you also get two glasses of beer or wine, and a free valet parking voucher (event parking is also available at the Constitution Health Plaza for $5).

We visited a few of East Passyunk Ave’s restaurants on the preview tour yesterday evening and here’s what they made for us…

Townsend (1623 E. Passyunk Ave)

Escargot w/ bacon-sherry creme fraiche and the “Founded in 1881” cocktail (bourbon, apricot, angostura bitters and Moroccan bitters).

Noord (1046 Tasker Street)

Bitterballen (Dutch meatballs with nutmeg and mustard)

Plenty (1710 E. Passyunk Ave)

Kimchi deviled eggs, brisket. A house made ricotta toast with grilled apples, pistachio, and honey. A yet-to-be-named gin-based cocktail with earl grey tea.

Bing Bing Dim Sum (1648 E. Passyunk Ave)

Butternut squash rangoons, pretzel roll BBQ pork bao

Sate Kampar (1837 E. Passyunk Ave)

Achat (carrots, cucumber, peanuts and chile sauce), chicken sate, pulled milk tea, and Sago Gula Melaka (sago pearls, coconut cream, palm nectar).

P’unk Burger (1823 E. Passyunk Ave)

Pulled Portobello sandwiches with sweet potato fries and caprese pesto burgers. I also highly, highly recommend giving one of their unique milkshakes a try.

Le Vitru (1927 E. Passyunk Ave)

Braised egg and cheese croquettes. The “Italian Manhattan” cocktail.

I honestly didn’t have any favorites last night. Each stop was so unique and so different than the last, that it’s hard to even compare them. Though I will say I wish I wasn’t so stuffed by the time I got to Le Virtu.

You’ll totally understand where I’m coming from on Sunday when you (hopefully) head to East Passyunk Ave and experience everything yourself. For a complete listing of the participating restaurants and hints at what they’ll be serving, visit East Passyunk’s website here. And to order those all-access tasting passes (seriously, do it), click here now.

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