• Thursday , 22 February 2018

Dinosaur Bones and Big Eats at the Philadelphia Restaurant Festival

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!

What an entrance, Modelo Especial and a T. Rex!

What an entrance, Modelo Especial and a T. Rex!

Philly Star DJ’s were actively keeping the party going.

Philly Star DJ’s were actively keeping the party going.

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Chickie’s & Pete’s hand out its famous fries in a cheese sauce.

Skyy Vodka served up a bunch of fruity drinks.

Skyy Vodka served up a bunch of fruity drinks.

What a view over the Philadelphia Restaurant Festival! Food, fun, and dinosaurs!

What a view over the Philadelphia Restaurant Festival! Food, fun, and dinosaurs!

Insomnia Cookies designed to satisfy those late night cravings.

Insomnia Cookies designed to satisfy those late night cravings.

Epic Pickles to the rescue for those who want a sweet or savory pickle snack.

Epic Pickles to the rescue for those who want a sweet or savory pickle snack.

Moonshine brought amazing food. Its Waldorf Chicken Salad Sandwich is a must try!

Moonshine brought amazing food. Its Waldorf Chicken Salad Sandwich is a must try!

Need an awesomely fresh fish taco? Try Wahoo’s name-sake creation!

Need an awesomely fresh fish taco? Try Wahoo’s name-sake creation!

Pandas on parade in one of the Academy of Natural Sciences’ glass enclosures.

Pandas on parade in one of the Academy of Natural Sciences’ glass enclosures.

The Academy of Natural Sciences has lions so life-like you’ll think you’re in the Serengeti.

The Academy of Natural Sciences has lions so life-like you’ll think you’re in the Serengeti.

The Twisted Tail discussing its crispy bacon polenta fritters with festival goers.

The Twisted Tail discussing its crispy bacon polenta fritters with festival goers.

Sazerac was serving up something special, the “New Fashioned.”

Sazerac was serving up something special, the “New Fashioned.”

Jim Beam was at the festival with its brave set up next to the tarantula enclosures.

Jim Beam was at the festival with its brave set up next to the tarantula enclosures.

Everywhere you look there were dinosaur bones and other fun stuff to see and take in.

Everywhere you look there were dinosaur bones and other fun stuff to see and take in.

Pictured above are people lining up to get their hands on some awesome Philly food. Grubhub, one of the event’s sponsors gave away fun bags for restaurant brochures and to secret away some snacks for later (no judgment!).

Pictured above are people lining up to get their hands on some awesome Philly food. Grubhub, one of the event’s sponsors gave away fun bags for restaurant brochures and to secret away some snacks for later (no judgment!).

 

 

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