Every year, more than 200,000 spring-fevered folks visit the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Philadelphia International Flower Show at the Convention Center (12th & Arch streets, through Sunday, www.theflowershow.com). And while bright blooms do feed the soul, the stomach must be satisfied elsewhere. Here are our picks for a post-show lunch or dinner.
Flower Show exhibits were judged against this year’s theme, “Springtime in Paris.” Heighten the Francophilic experience with dinner at Bistrot La Minette (623 S. Sixth St., 215-925-8000), where your ticket earns a 15 percent discount on dinner. Though more Italian than Parisian, Mercato BYOB (1216 Spruce St., 215-985-2962) offers the same deal through March 13.
A Flower Show-themed eight-course omakase (chef’s tasting menu) at Morimoto (723 Chestnut St., 215-413-9070) features Frenchified seasonal tastes like a saffron-tinged bouillabaisse, hibiscus soda and a violet-and-lemon creme cuit (cooked cream) dessert for $80 per person.
Or keep it cozy
Springtime comes in a glass at historic McGillin’s Olde Ale House (1310 Drury St., 215-735-5562). They’re pouring Ithaca Flower Power and Philadelphia Brewing Co.’s Fleur de Lehigh brews, plus cocktails like the French Martini and Orange Blossom. Beef bourguignon and pizza Provencal round out the offerings; a free bowl of soup accompanies lunch.
Take the tour
Sip jasmine, violet and chrysanthemum teas and nibble lavender-dusted goat cheese, wildflower honey and blossom-infused chocolates on City Food Tour’s Flower Show outing, commencing at 3 p.m. tomorrow. Visit cityfoodtours.com or call 1-800-979-3370 to register; $35.