Philly's reputation for French fare doesn't begin and end with the legendary Le Bec-Fin. Here are our picks for the grandest Gallic institutions our historically Francophilic metropolis has to offer.
Not everyone can afford a $150 tasting, and that's where the more affordable Chez Georges come in: food from same kitchen, much lower prices
In the market for a quick steak frites, and maybe a glass of vin or three, while lounging in an enclosed sidewalk section? Do the Caribou.
Call ahead to reserve the infamous "duck press" for a truly old-school French bistro experience you won't soon forget. (This move ain't for the squeamish, be forewarned.)
Best smoked ribs around...if you see them as an app (usually with onion rings and aioli), GET THEM.
Primo people-watching at what might be the busiest restaurant in town. The straightforward brasserie fare is hard not to like, too.
Even if it's not on the menu, you can still ask for (and receive) the Gratin de Pâte à la Peggy, aka one of best mac 'n' cheeses you'll ever try.
Coffee freak? You're not going to find java much fresher than L'Aube's — they blacken beans right on the premises with a high-end Probat roaster that chills in the rear of the space.
So Crepe is a BYOB, so don't forget to bring along the booze (or, in their menu parlance, "So Booze") to pair with your meal.