Philadelphia Restaurant Week spanned two weeks in January and was the perfect excuse for my husband and I to hit one of our favorite restaurants in the city, Butcher and Singer. Part of the Starr Restaurant Organization, this gem of a steakhouse can do no wrong. It is housed in the former First National Bank Building and has high ceilings and floor to ceiling windows. The decor gives it a grand old supper club vibe, minus any stuffiness. The atmosphere, the service, the food and the drinks are all truly amazing. Every time. I love this place.
If you enjoy a good drink, you must, and I mean must, at some point in your life, have a Butcher Manhattan. It really is like no other. Trust me on this. Bourbon, sweet vermouth, maple syrup and chocolate bitters shaken and served up. This concoction is one of my favorite cocktails of all time.
We ordered from the Restaurant Week menu, with a couple additions. I started with a Roasted Beet, Frisee and Mixed Green Salad, my husband with Oysters Rockefeller.
We ordered our eight ounce filets medium rare. Each bite had that perfect, velvety texture that melts in your mouth. Our sides were creamed spinach and the stuffed hash browns. The stuffed hash browns are a legend unto themselves at Butcher and Singer. Another must have. Not on the Restaurant Week menu but we couldn’t do without it. A giant hash brown patty baked and stuffed with sour cream. Oh my god, so good, and definitely big enough to share.
We each had a glass of red, mine a Spanish Tempranillo, my husband’s a California blend, the wine list is, of course, extensive.
For dessert, another one of my all time favorite things, Baked Alaska. And Butcher and Singer’s is the best. Dense cake, vanilla ice cream, crispy meringue.
If you are in Philadelphia, and in the mood for steak, or a really good manhattan, please go to Butcher and Singer. You’ll find yourself wanting to go back again and again. They are located at 1500 Walnut Street. And ask for Brian, he’s a fantastic server.