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.
Sannie Chinese & Japanese Cuisine is all about options?its sprawling menu boasts more than 230 Asian specialties. More than 120 of those options are Chinese, ranging from traditional hot-and-sour soup to the chef's Snow White Princess entree filled with chicken, scallops, and shrimp. The Japanese portion of the menu includes more than 100 items, including unagi don (broiled eel) and sushi rolls stuffed with cream cheese, avocado, and crab. For those watching their weight, the chefs cook up health-conscious entrees that pair seasoned proteins, such as jumbo shrimp, with brown rice and a special diet sauce.
Flames leap from steel-topped grills as the aroma of sizzling meats fills Tokyo Hibachi & Asian Fusion. Here, a team of chefs plays to all of the customers’ senses, cooking up a range of Japanese cuisine from sauce-soaked teriyaki and katsu to meats, fish, and vegetables prepared tableside on a hibachi grill. Additionally, chefs also prepare classic Thai, Malaysian, and Chinese dishes and craft 15 original house sushi rolls, made with ingredients such as tempura soft-shell crab, eel, avocado, and banana.
There are two distinct flavors to the fresh seafood served at Crabby Cafe. The first is Cajun in the form of housemade mayo on lobster rolls and spice-seasoned crawfish in live crawfish boils. The second is an Asian flavor—Vietnamese to be exact—in dishes such as the bún riêu, a homemade Vietnamese crabmeat noodle soup with tofu, lime juice, and shrimp paste. Sometimes these two seemingly disparate flavors meet, blending harmoniously in such dishes as the Asian pork burgers with Cajun wasabi mayo. In addition to individual dishes, Crabby Cafe serves fresh seafood by the pound.
Homemade pastas, hand-formed gnocchi, and meatballs made from a savory blend of beef, veal, and pork proudly showcase Thomas' Ristorante's dedication to Italian culinary traditions. However, the menu also features a handful of dishes that draw more inspiration from the sea in general than the Mediterranean in particular. This is evident in dishes such as the almond-crusted salmon with citrus glaze as well as the crab cakes with homemade cocktail and mustard sauces. The unifying factor amongst all the dishes is the chefs' reliance on locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.
Gleaming wooden floorboards and exposed brickwork lend a cozy vibe to the space, making it an inviting spot for people watching out the large front windows. Although the white linen-covered tables are set with crystalline wine glasses entire bunches of chardonnay grapes, Thomas' Ristorante doesn't serve any wines. Instead, the BYOB eatery encourages diners to bring one of their favorite bottles from home.
Penang's menu stamps tongue passports with authentic, spicy Malaysian dishes. Start with the customer-favorite roti-canai appetizer, hot indian pancakes in curry-chicken sauce ($3.95). The Penang satay serves four skewers of tender, marinated chicken or beef with peanut sauce ($7.50), and the mango chicken ignites mouths with a spicy sauce prepared by chefs raised from infancy on a strict diet of only mangos ($13.95). The curry dishes at Penang offer a refreshing take on this standard Asian spice—more subtle than Indian curries, heartier than Thai versions, and more existent than German recipes. Try the kari ayam, dark-meat chicken and potatoes with red curry in coconut-milk gravy ($12.95).