Story, photos by Elizabeth Coffey
As one walks around the Academy of Natural Sciences, the scent of delicious food in the air, it’s difficult not to do one’s best Tyrannosaurus Rex impression. I, the casual omnivore on the prowl, walked into 2016’s Philadelphia Restaurant Festival with anxious anticipation, looking forward to all of the delights that would dance upon my tongue that evening.
In front of the bones of one the late Cretaceous period’s biggest meat eaters was Modelo serving up some of its best brews; a dark beer, a light beer, and a beer infused with tomato. Deeper inside the museum, local restaurants and establishments put their best food forward. Chickie’s & Pete’s was giving out some awesome cheese fries, Bellview Winery was handing out samples of its amazing vintages, and Bourbon Blue brought it’s fantastic bananas foster for everyone try. Upstairs was Epic Pickles and Insomnia Cookies who were more than happy to play with your palette and leave you wanting more.
With so much to see, try, and taste, my advice to other adventure goers is to wear flats. The 2016 Philadelphia Restaurant Festival was a dream for this dinosaur lover and food connoisseur. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next year!