An organization called Dishcrawl is returning to Philadelphia with an event Feb. 19 that asks diners to act on good faith that their $45 will get them the best stuff Passyunk Avenue has to offer.
That’s because you won’t know what restaurants you’ll be going to until 48 hours before the event. No refunds. The crawl is set up kind of like a bar crawl, in that you go to four restaurants. The ticket includes all food at each stop and a meet and greet with the chefs, so $45 could either be a great deal or a rip-off, depending on where you go.
Dishcrawl calls the deal a “surprise,” an adventure of South Philly eating. They’ve pulled off successful crawls in other cities, though some of the tickets have cost more than $100. According to this Yelp entry of Dish Crawl in San Jose, most diners loved it but some hated it.
We tried getting a hint at what’s on the lineup, but the woman running the Philly show wouldn’t cough up any details. We pointed out to her that the quality of the restaurants on Passyunk varies widely.
“This is true, they do vary widely,” said organizer Ali Waks. “I live in the hood and I can say that I will make sure that there is enough bang for the buck. It’s basically 4 courses for $45, which is not super pricey … a little more than restaurant week but with the added adventure plus meeting new people added in.”
There are 24 tickets left. What do you think? Would you take the risk?
NOTE: This post has been corrected from an earlier version that mistakenly said this was Dishcrawl’s first Philly event.