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Dining crawl wants $45 but won’t tell you for what restaurants


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.



5 Responses to Dining crawl wants $45 but won’t tell you for what restaurants

  1. Philly Ray January 29, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    You can cross Will off of the list of potential visits. Their website says that they will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays until April.

    • Albert Stumm January 29, 2013 at 9:49 am #

      I think they picked Tuesdays because it’s such an off night. That said, I’d be amazed if Will were on that list anyway

  2. Buffy January 29, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    I think it’s worth the risk. Even at the lowest of the low Passyunk Ave restaurants, you can get something of merit and I’m sure the restaurants are going to want to impress the clients. Plus, it sounds sort of fun, and $45 isn’t that much for a dining adventure.

  3. Corey Latislaw January 29, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    This isn’t the first foray into Philadelphia. They had one in Northern Liberties last year and possibly a follow up event. It died down and is apparently now revived.

    I enjoyed the one last year and didn’t feel that the price was unreasonable. It’s a little scary for a vegetarian or vegan to sign on for something like this, but I had options at each place I attended last year.

    • Albert Stumm January 29, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

      Thanks for the info, Corey. I’ll make sure to correct this

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