Steaks, along with black coffee, entire pies, and eau de lawnmower, are an essential part of the 1950s Tough Gent's Diet Plan. Eat your way to an outdated masculinity with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of steak, sushi, and contemporary seafood at Spamps, located in Conshohocken.
Deemed one of Philly’s best restaurants for sushi by TheBestofFood.com, Spamps synthesizes seaborne delicacies with carnivorous classics to build a wide-ranging menu. Starters such as the clams Italiano ($14) act as edible overtures to sustenance symphonies, and entrees such as the mushroom-topped eight-ounce fillet ($29) and the ahi tuna ($25) with a black-pepper crust star as main attractions. Instead of trying to discover a palatable meal by reading esoteric cookbooks or the inside of a chef's hat, feel free to peruse a lunch menu that features a crispy-calamari salad ($11). Or, fend off the consequences of not eating with sushi snacks such as the spicy tuna roll ($7).
Growing up, Marcie Spampinato watched her father, Mike, masterfully manage a local country club. By seventh grade, she was working alongside him, and today—with a restaurant management degree from Penn State under her belt—she joins with Mike to co-manage their steak-and-sushi joint, Spamps.
Chefs trained in Japan artfully stuff the eatery's sushi rolls with fresh ingredients such as black-pepper-crusted tuna and flying fish roe. Fusion flourishes such as kimchi tartar sauce, miso beurre blanc, and sake reductions give entrees such as rib-eye steak an Asian flair.
And much like a chocoholic's dream journal, the eatery's new cocktails revolve around sweet flavors, especially Marcie's favorite, the pumpkin-pie martini. Libations, which also include wine and beer, flow freely behind a copper bar with TVs or fill glasses in a dining room with exposed brick walls and private booths. At an outdoor patio dubbed The Grotto, lofted TVs illuminate trellises and tabletops as well as bar-goers shimmying to a live DJ's beats on Friday and Saturday nights.