Experience Ambler Restaurant Week

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Ambler Main Street’s fourth Ambler Restaurant Week takes place through Jan. 27 and includes 14 local eateries.

By Megan Badger

Wire Managing Editor

Butternut squash gnocchi … filet mignon with shiitake reduction … lobster mac ’n cheese … cherry cheesecake…

Are you hungry yet?

If so, your cravings are sure to be satisfied at one of the 14 restaurants participating in Ambler Restaurant Week, which runs through Jan. 27. From top-rated Saffron to Best of Philly winner Forest & Main, there is something to please every palate.

“This is actually the fourth restaurant week we’ve done. We started in July of 2011,” explained Allison Wolf, coordinator of the event for Ambler Main Street and owner of The Ambler Flower and Chocolate Shop. “We hold it twice a year and it grows each time we do it. We do it every January and every July.”

The concept of the weeklong event is for participating restaurants to create multiple-course, pre-fixed menus ranging between $20 and $40. Some restaurants are BYOB and others are offering an optional beverage pairing for an additional cost. Tax and gratuity are not included in the fixed price.

“There’s a great variety in terms of cuisine. It’s really varied,” Wolf said. “There’s American upscale cuisine, there’s Italian, there’s Indian, Portuguese, Mexican… so it’s pretty much something to suit everyone.

“It brings in tons of people every time. It’s great because while sometimes the weekdays can be a little sleepy, especially this time of year, it brings thousands into town during restaurant week,” she added.

The pre-fixed menus are available online at www.amblerrestaurantweek.com. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

Participating restaurants are:

Blue Bell Inn — 601 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell

Open Monday-Saturday

215–646–2010

Three courses; $30

Menu highlights: Sweet potato bisque; 6 oz. filet mignon; carrot cake with pecans and cream cheese

Bridget’s Steakhouse — 8 West Butler Ave., Ambler

Open seven days a week

267–465–2000

Three courses; $29

Two-course lunch, $15

Menu highlights: Crab cake with avocado salsa; cornmeal-crusted red snapper; strawberry bread pudding

Cantina Feliz — 424 South Bethlehem Pike,

Fort Washington

Open seven days a week

215–646–1320

Three courses; $24

With optional beverage pairing; $36

Menu highlights: Bacon & brussel sprout huarache; Korean BBQ taco; mini chocolate cake with spiced chocolate sauce

Costa’s Deli — 901 East Butler Pike, Ambler

Open seven days a week

215–646–6173

Buy two cheesesteaks/hoagies, get one free

Buy two milkshakes, get one free

Buy three gourmet cupcakes, get one free

Show a receipt from a participating restaurant during Restaurant Week and get 10% off Talluto’s pastas and DiBruno Brothers cheese products

Dettera — 131 East Butler Avenue, Ambler

Open seven days a week

215–643–0111

Three courses; $40

With optional beverage pairing; $55

See www.amblerrestaurantweek.com for menu.

Forest & Main Brewing Company — 61 N. Main St., Ambler

Open Tuesday-Sunday

215–542–1776

Three courses; $27

With optional beverage pairing; $37

Menu highlights: Belgian onion soup; lamb shank; sticky toffee pudding with house made ice cream

From The Boot — 110 East Butler Ave., Ambler

Open seven days a week

215–646–0123

Three courses; $23

With optional beverage pairing; $37

Menu highlights: Pasta fagioli soup; rigatoni vodka; cherry cheesecake

KC’s Alley — 10 West Butler Ave., Ambler

Open seven days a week

215–628–3300

Three courses; $20

Menu highlights: Turkey chili; black and bleu burger; banana nut cake with chocolate ganache

Massa — 131 East Butler Ave., Ambler

Open Tuesday-Sunday

215–641–0900

Four courses; $40 (BYOB)

Menu highlights: Bruschetta trio; butternut squash gnocchi; apple walnut strudel

Ristorante San Marco — 504 North Bethlehem Pike, Spring House

Open Monday-Saturday

215–654–5000

Three courses; $35

Menu highlights: Seafood spring roll; pollo marsala; gelato

Saffron — 60 E Butler Ave., Ambler

Open seven days a week

215–540–0237

Three courses; $20 (BYOB)

Menu highlights: Vegetable kabob; chicken tikka masala; rice pudding

Sweet Briar Café — 11 Lindenwold Ave., Ambler

Open seven days a week

215–542–0272

See www.amblerrestaurantweek.com for menu.

Trax Restaurant and Cafe — 27 West Butler Ave., Ambler

Open Tuesday-Sunday

215–591–9777

Three courses; $40 (BYOB)

Menu highlights: Corn and crab pudding; baby back ribs with jerk chicken; key lime pie

Zakes Cafe, 444 South Bethlehem Pike, Fort Washington

Open Wednesday-Saturday

215–654–7600

Three courses; $28 (BYOB)

Menu highlights: Lobster mac ’n cheese; grilled duck breast with butternut squash ravioli; black angus filet au poivre