Designed as a tin-roofed French bistro, Cochon leads the way in Philadelphia’s authentic, new French cuisine. The menu is small, but is a well-curated mixture of both elegant that doesn’t bore. The chef here creates heavenly wonders like the Berkshire pork chop with sautéed asparagus, bacon vinaigrette AND bacon mashed potatoes. Patrons should do themselves a favor and order the poor man’s bread pudding or anything bacon-infused. Entrees range from $27-$29. For this dinner-only BYOB, reservations are necessary on the weekends. It’s also cash only.
Featuring great Cajun and Creole flavors, Catahoula is a casual restaurant. The menu comes full of Creole favorites like jambalaya and po’ boy sandwiches. They also serve classic burgers with fried green tomatoes, bacon and BBQ aioli. A favorite dessert of patrons is the brioche bread pudding with bananas foster that melts in your mouth with creamy ice cream. This place is perfect for sitting on the outdoor patio during warm months while the spicy flavors and homestyle grub transports patrons to the South.
Chef Peter Woolsey has created a traditional and authentic French dining experience. Sharing his love for hearty French cuisine, this place is a mix of chic heirlooms and classic design. The dinner menu has dishes from different regions of France including the divine mustard-braised rabbit and classics like escargots. Vegetarian dishes are available and the venue only uses the most fresh, seasonal ingredients with humanely raised meats and poultry. Guests will really feel like they’re in France.
Kennett is a quaint restaurant/gastropub on the edge of Queen Village. Featured on the menu are wood-fired pizzas, bacon pancakes and grilled salads. Try the lamb burger or their vegetable and charcuterie boards, and their spicy Bloody Marys are the perfect hangover cure. Brunch hours are the best time to come to choose from English-inspired fare and small plates. The vegetable plates are also a standout to share with friends.
If you’re looking for gourmet dishes and a beautifully lit, rustic chic vibe, Ela is the place. Their seasonal menu changes frequently, with the option of four, five and six course fix-prix offerings that are worth the price for the quality and portions. Their modern American cuisine comes with a subtle twist of flavor. Try the popular diver scallop noodles with herbed potato chips and black truffle. Also, don’t miss their cocktails. Industry workers often come here for the drinks, so you know they’re top-notch.
Located right on the border of Queen Village, Bibou is one of the best French restaurants in town. The menu contains adventurous takes on classic French dishes such as the long marrowbones stuffed with Scottish partridge. The experience is intimate, with friendly service and the ability to watch the chef create his flavorful cuisine. Anyone who is looking to try authentic and traditional French cooking should mark this on their lists. Also, be sure to try the desserts with options spanning from creamy flavors to crispy textures.
This modern French-inspired bar serves duck confit with fingerlings and a cranberry compote and a mean chocolate pot de crème. The bar is one of the better ones in the area and the price is worth it to try inventive flavors— something that would cost much higher elsewhere. A mix of French glamour with rustic wood makes it a casual but mesmerizing hangout.
This Jewish delicatessen is famous for a reason: huge portions of meat, cake and other appetizers abound here. Marvel at the colorful array of huge deserts in the long glass cases or admire the Victorian tiled ceiling and cash register. Diners can find all their favorite deli sandwiches here complete with pickles. Don’t forget to ask for sides. Customer favorites include potato pancakes and the corned beef hash.
Their cocktails are some of the best in the city, but Southwark is also a foodie’s haven. Their menu is small, but with solid flavors. The menu is also seasonal here and sometimes includes unusual, but inspiring ingredients like dandelion pesto in the pappardelle and snails. The cozy bar and dining area is perfect for a quiet evening, and the entree items and cheese and meat plates are all tasty choices.
This traditional Breton crêperie is one of the most elegant dining experiences in the city. Made with griddles imported from Brittany for the right texture, the varieties on the menu are numerous. Choose from house recommendations such as chocolate, toasted coconut and coffee ice cream crepe or build your own sweet or savory crepe. Salads and meat entrees are also present on the menu. The decor has refined floral patterns, but is still comfortably causal – complete with a fireplace.