STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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How well do you know the King of Prussia Business District’s steakhouses, sports bars and locally-owned restaurants?
Get ready for a palate-opening experience March 2-8, with the inaugural dineKOP.
“King of Prussia is more than just the King of Prussia Mall,” said Eric Goldstein, the executive director of King of Prussia’s business district, which calls itself KOP-BID for short. “It’s been a long time coming. It’s going to be a great way to highlight all the great flavors.”
The mall, where at least four of the restaurants are located, is one of the event sponsors.
Participating restaurants will have prix-fixe (tax, gratuity and alcohol additional) lunch and/or dinner menus ranging from $10-$20 for lunch, and $20-$40 for dinner. The restaurants will, in turn, donate a portion of their proceeds from the week to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s King of Prussia Specialty Care Center, which is under construction and slated to open this summer, according to the KOP-BID.
The restaurant list includes: Bahama Breeze, 320 Goddard Blvd.; California Pizza Kitchen, 470 Mall Blvd.; Cantina Laredo, 690 DeKalb Pike; Maggiano’s Little Italy, 205 Mall Blvd.; The Melting Pot, 150 Allendale Road; Morton’s The Steakhouse, 640 DeKalb Pike; Pepper’s Italian Restaurant, 239 Town Center Road; Ralph’s of South Philly in the Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel at 480 N. Gulph Road; Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1001 King of Prussia Plaza; Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 220 N. Gulph Road; Seasons 52, 160 N. Gulph Road; Sullivan’s Steakhouse, 700 W. DeKalb Pike; The Capital Grille, 236 Mall Blvd.; Tilted Kilt, 826 W. DeKalb Pike; and the establishments in the Valley Forge Casino Resort (Pacific Prime, The Valley Tavern and Viviano), 1160 First Ave.
At a promotional progressive dinner event for the media, Lee Leung, a dineKOP steering committee member and sales manager of a coming-soon Bonefish Grill (where the old TGI Friday’s was in the King of Prussia Mall) was hopeful that the event would be such a success that the new restaurant could participate next year.
Among the highlights of the area’s copious culinary offerings — in no particular order — are the burrata (mozzarella-and-cream Italian cheese) ravioli at Maggiano’s; the bone-in Kona crusted sirloin at Capital Grille; the Knockout Martini at Sullivan’s, made with pineapple-infused clementine vodka; the Ruth’s Chris seared ahi tuna (sushi-grade) with a Yuengling Lager sauce (a dineKOP sponsor) and pickled veggies and kimchi on the side; a honey chili glazed salmon filet, served over corn and spinach relish and topped with lemon chiffonade, at Morton’s; and the variety of Mini Indulgences desserts at Seasons 52.
Must-try dineKOP wine selections include Dreaming Tree everyday white — the Central Coast California winery is co-owned by rock star Dave Matthews — Estancia unoaked chardonnay — chardonnays minus the strong flavor that comes with fermenting/aging in oak barrels are trendy — the grapey Kim Crawford New Zealand sauvignon blanc, and the good-with-steak-and-mashed-potatoes Paso Creek cabernet sauvignon. By the bottle, these wines range in price approximately $13-$18.
In a goodwill gesture in honor of the KOP-BID/CHOP partnership, select dineKOP restaurants will be welcoming CHOP families to dine with them during that week. “When planning dineKOP, it was important to all of us that this event be more than just a restaurant week, but a community event that connected this incredible group of restaurants to a good cause,” said Aja Cramer, the sales manager and event planner of the King of Prussia Sullivan’s Steak House, in a press release. “We’re honored to provide these deserving families with a special treat.”