Great Restaurants in Philadelphia
Bistrot La Minette
The traditional Bistrot La Minette is another labor of love. Cordon Bleu–trained chef Peter Woolsey came home from Paris determined to replicate the city’s romantic bistros. Faux nicotine-stained walls are hung with his wife’s nostalgic black-and-white photographs, in homage to her native country; French films are shown in the bricked garden courtyard, canopied by strings of lights. Grab a seat at the marble-topped bar and order a velvety Kir Royale and the oeuf du pêcheur, a poached egg served on a toasted house-made boule with plump mussels in an aromatic tarragon-and-cream sauce.
623 S. Sixth St.; bistrotlaminette.com.