We’ve only got a few days left. Yes, folks, according to the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, the world will come to an end on Dec. 21, 2012. Of course, this means all those Christmas gifts you bought are pretty much useless. And those bottles of Champagne chilling for New Year’s Eve? Better pop ’em now.
But there’s no need to get all bent out of shape over this impending Armageddon. Look at it as the perfect opportunity for all of us to live out our death-row last-meal fantasies — and there are a few restaurants and bars around town that are more than happy to help.
On Thu., Dec. 20, a mere day before the end of it all, chef Jason Cichonski of Ela (627 S. Third St.) is putting together a penultimate, seven-course prix fixe that includes all the truffles, caviar and Champagne you’d expect. The menu begins with bacon panna cotta with herbs and caviar followed by a scallop crudo with Champagne and celery root. Up next is seared foie gras with verjus, huckleberry and pumpernickel toast, then tagliatelle with white truffle and pumpkin. Lobster is paired with coconut rice, black garlic and saffron, and a dry-aged rib eye is coming with cippolini onions and black trumpet mushrooms. And dessert? Mayan chocolate, of course. After all, those guys are the ones who hipped us to the doomy date. This decidedly decadent dinner runs $150 a person with an optional upgrade that gets you a ticket to the “Maya 2012: Lords of Time” exhibit at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, which you could theoretically use on Friday.
If you’re not in the market to clean out your savings for one last blow out meal, the Pepper Mill Café at the Penn Museum (3260 South St.) is featuring a Mayan-inspired menu for the duration of the exhibit (or until the end of the world). The rotating menu includes chili-and-chocolate-crusted flank steak, chiles rellenos with spicy black beans and bittersweet chocolate, Yucatan hot chocolate and plenty of Mexican beers.
Speaking of beer, if you’d prefer to while away your last hours on earth with beer in hand, Resurrection Ale House (2425 Grays Ferry Ave.) is going to pour doomsday-appropriate brews like Dogfish Head Theobroma, a chocolate beer brewed with Aztec cocoa, chiles and annatto, and — perhaps most apropos of all — Unibroue’s La Fin du Monde.