Topping the food chain is a tremendous achievement, which is why humans triumphantly plant flag-like toothpicks in crab cakes and belt the national anthem at their fish filets before devouring them. Enjoy life at the top with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of seafood fare for dinner at Benny the Bum's.
At Benny the Bum's, a convivial, easygoing atmosphere colludes with the ambrosial wafts of fresh seafood. The dinner menu offers introductory plates such as a pile of fried-deviled-crab bites ($7.95) and house-made soups, including the sizzling ebbs of clam chowder ($3.50+). Sautéed shrimp over linguine ($18.95) harbors hunks of tender shrimp cloaked, like ancient Italian prize fighters, in marinara or garlic-white-wine sauce, and Benny's seafood classics ($18.95+) pack platters with a sea of flavors such as a combination of filet of flounder and sea scallops. Served alongside seasoned fries, sandwiches complete the seafood spread, including a crab-cake wrap ($12.95) that unfurls atop plates like the red carpet that led the Little Mermaid out of the sea. Inside Benny the Bum's, dark hardwood floors provide a stage for neatly aligned tables and booths. Diners gaze at plates illuminated by the warm lighting that splashes across tables and decorative plants, or direct eyes upward toward the restaurant’s flat screen TVs.
Benny the Bum's
Benny the Bum's 19-year-old local establishment offers an extensive menu of fresh seafood dishes that range from raw-bar specialties to pastas. Chefs arrange massive platters of steamed crabs, shrimp, and clams along with garlic sauce and potatoes, and pots of housemade chowder and creamy crab soups bubble on the stove. Servers tote plates and glasses of colorful cocktails into spacious dining rooms, where glittery silver pillars, nautical knickknacks, and flat-screen televisions catch the eyes of patrons seated at booths and tabletops. A lively, well-established local joint, Benny's was lauded by actor and Philadelphia native Bradley Cooper as his favorite restaurant in the city.