Restaurant Week serves up delicious value in Ardmore

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Ardmore Restaurant Week, which is actually a two-week-long foodie event, is back and dishing out prix-fixe menus through July 29. This picturesque piece of the Main Line is packed with a diverse array of shops and restaurants, 16 of which are participating in restaurant week and offering three-course dinners for $15, $25 or $35.

Morokko, 54 E. Lancaster Ave., specializes in Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine. Friendly service and festive, colorful, fabric-laden Eastern décor set the mood for the tantalizing aromas throughout the space. For restaurant week, Morokko offers a $35 prix-fixe menu. The first course proffers tasty vegetable options such as colorful Moroccan-style beets, roasted and seasoned with fresh herbs and mint. And don’t pass up the seafood cigars — phyllo dough rolled and stuffed with shrimp, squid, whitefish and lemon confit — a unique and spicy delight. The entrée choices are equally enjoyable and authentic. The slow-braised beef is tender and flavorful, served with an impossibly light and piping-hot helping of couscous. Other main-course options include a vegetable or chicken tajine.

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If American gastropub fare is more your stomach’s desire, the modern and comfortable Ripplewood Whiskey & Craft, 29 E. Lancaster Ave., is ready to make you feel at home with a $35 prix-fixe menu steeped in elevated comfort food with a strong farm-to-table vibe. The first course offers three options: The smoked carrots are a bright, creamy and citrusy dish with an immense depth of flavor. The crispy pork ribs are spicy and sweet carnivorous heaven on the bone. The chilled golden-beet soup delivers cool relief from the summer heat. Main-course options include a half-roasted chicken, piled high with carrots and salsa verde and resting on what is probably the most decadent, buttery, velvety grits you will taste this side of the Mason-Dixon line. The branzino is a seafarer’s dream, bathed in a nice lemony beurre blanc and surrounded by perfectly roasted artichokes and squash. 

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At this point, we are too full to soldier on. But with numerous restaurants participating, there is something for whatever your palette and/or budget will allow.

Ardmore Restaurant Week runs through July 29. For more information, visit http://destinationardmore.com/restaurantweek/.