Philly has a ton of amazing spots to eat — that’s no secret. But what has been considered a bit of a lesser-known fact is just how diverse and vast the culinary scene is on the Main Line.
Now, however, the area’s best-kept secret is out.
Main Line Today Restaurant Week 2022 kicks off later this month on Feb. 21 through March 6, and throughout the 14-day event, diners will be able to check out the talents of top chefs, restaurants and purveyors in Montgomery, Delaware and Chester counties.
How does it work? Participating restaurants will offer special three-course prix fixe menus for lunch ($26.95, plus tax, beverage and gratuity) and dinner ($39.95, plus tax, beverage and gratuity). Restaurants can choose what works best for them, offering lunch, dinner, or both — dine-in or takeout.
In its second year, MLTRW comes from Main Line Today magazine, who for the last 25 years has highlighted the area’s top restaurants, shops, personalities and service providers.
“Main Line Today Restaurant Week is a 14-day celebration of our region’s top chefs, restaurants and purveyors,” said Main Line Today Associate Publisher Marie Edwards in a statement. “We couldn’t be happier with the final list of restaurants that really showcase the amazing culinary talent in every pocket and corner of the Main Line and Western Suburbs.”
“We want to make a real and genuine difference to the smaller and independent mom-and-pop restaurants that have been profoundly affected by the pandemic,” she continued. “We hope to see everyone out there supporting these amazing chefs, culinary teams and restaurants that are the backbone of our communities.”
Some of the area’s more popular spots have already signed on, including Amis Trattoria, Autograph Brasserie, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, Estia Taverna, Founding Farmers, Fox and Hounds Pub at the Desmond, the Greystone Oyster Bar, Jasper’s Backyard, Limoncello, Lola’s Garden, Mikado Thai Pepper, Pizzeria Vetri King of Prussia, Rosalie, Savona, Terrain Cafe, Verbena BYOB and more.
Registration, however, is still open for more eateries and bars to be added to the lineup of local hospitality groups, award-winning restaurants and nationally recognized chefs.
For its second year, the Main Line restaurant community has joined forces with local media and businesses to showcase the culinary talent that makes the Main Line and western suburbs so diverse, a news release states. Efforts are designed to rally diners and foodies from around the region to support the most notable restaurants, bars, eateries, BYOBs and takeout spots. While all restaurants in Delaware, Chester and Montgomery counties are invited to participate, there is a special focus on independent and locally-operated restaurants.
The program doesn’t just stop at the restaurant scene, however. With the pandemic now in its third year, the program also supports the local farmers and purveyors hit hardest by the pandemic. These farms will be able to shine at the first-ever Purveyor Showcase, held in mid-February (details to be announced). Those participating in Main Line Restaurant Week will receive tickets to this exclusive event as well.
Main Line Today is also partnering up with the Chester County Food Bank through Main Line Today Restaurant Week 2022 to bring continued awareness of local community food needs (more on that is online at chestercountyfoodbank.org).
“Thank you to Main Line Today magazine for including the Chester County Food Bank as part of Restaurant Week,” said Chester County Food Bank CEO Andrea Youndt in a statement. “This partnership helps to bring awareness to the Chester County Food Bank and its mission to ensure access to real, healthy food. We hope that as people dine to support our local restaurants, they will also consider supporting hunger relief efforts in their community.”
Restaurant and purveyor registration is now open. Philadelphians who are interested can save the dates and follow @mainlinetoday #MLTrestaurantweek on social media for updates and previews. For a full list of sponsors, restaurants, menus and other details, call 610-325-4630 or visit www.mainlinetoday.com/restaurant-week.