Raw fish, like snowballs, must be rolled with care before being thrown at a school superintendent for refusing to call a snow day. Enjoy well-crafted, conveniently projectile edibles 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 The Best of Food, 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 8-ounce fillet ($29) and the ahi tuna with a black-pepper crust ($25) 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, prevent the wrath of empty stomachs with the rocking duo of bang bang shrimp and calamari ($12).
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.