Owner and culinary mastermind of French Quarter Bistro, Mark Van Horn’s prerequisites for a good meal are simple: authenticity, home cooking, and a liberal dash of soul. This dedication to comfort cooking has earned the French Quarter Bistro a host of dedicated regulars as well as the Philly Hot List's award for Best Soul Food in 2009, 2010, and 2011. In the bustling kitchen, chefs whip up creole and Cajun eats using unique ingredients such as house roasted peppers, alligator sausage, and fried pickles. Along with their flavorful dishes, French Quarter Bistro also serves up a variety of entertainment throughout the week, including open mic nights with local singers and poets tired of the wrestling portion of poetry slams.
The chefs at Crepe N Grill serve both sweet and savory crepes, thin pancakes crowned with fresh ingredients such as honey-cinnamon apples or braised pork. Freshly blended fruit smoothies, lattes, and cappuccinos from the espresso bar pair up with crisp salads, soups, and paninis.
Crêpe Town's 25 crepes fall into four categories: breakfast, vegetarian and low-calorie, classics, and crepes of the world. Specimens from this last group represent the culinary flair of Mexico (chicken and taco sauce), Sweden (salmon and cheese), and Hawaii (ham and pineapple). The eatery serves scrambled egg crepes and other breakfast offerings all day, and it serves dessert crepes such as chocolate ice cream and marshmallow even if the phase of the moon indicates that man should hibernate. Each crepe is made to order and available in white and whole-wheat varieties.
Chefs at Asian Bistros II shape artisanal dishes using splashes of vibrant color and contrasting textures to create eye-catching designs. The kitchen produces traditional Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian, and Thai entrees made with fresh ingredients, such as coconut shrimp, pepper steak, and seasonal vegetables. Dexterous hands build more than 30 sushi rolls and sashimi using raw and cooked seafood, while hibachi grills fire up to sear filet-mignon tips and the eyebrows of incautious spectators.
Though the county creek bubbling behind Zacharia’s Creek Side Café inspired the eatery’s name, it is the creativity of owners Andrew and Nancy Gallo and a team of trained chefs who keep diners enthused about each seasonal menu of Mediterranean, Tapas-style, and New American-inspired fare. The casual, fine-dining BYOB restaurant—which has garnered praise from LifeStyle Magazine and The TREND—welcomes guests to their cozy dining room, 50-seat outdoor patio, and on-location bakery, and serves up lunch, dinner, and prix fixe menus amid Levantine-inspired interior decor. Housemade pastas are decorated with grilled jumbo shrimp, pecorino romano cheese, and sauteed, while the jumbo lump crab cakes come with an entourage of smashed potatoes, roasted garlic, and green beans. An in-house pastry chef helps patrons cap off meals with fine cookies and petit-fours, seasonal cappuccinos, and over-the-top specialty cakes that are exact replicas of the Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee.
Buffet islands dot the landscape of the Franconia Heritage Restaurant dining room, populated by platters of veggies and seasoned meats that provide limitless mixing and matching. Throughout the week, chefs whip up a full menu of à la carte options, replenishing buffets with freshly made Italian entrees along with fish dishes and crisp salads. Come Friday and Saturday evening, kitchen crews shift focus to an upper-crust menu of snow-crab legs, steamed clams, and prime rib.
Cozy booths wrap around an archipelago of buffet islands in the spacious main dining room, while subdued lighting and cranberry tablecloths distinguish an adjacent second space. HDTVs and WiFi captivate countertop diners, providing thrilling images of sportsmen arguing with referees and shouting at their own shoes.