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.
We are a casual dining restaurant serving an upscale twist on comfort food. We range from pizza and lasagna to homemade mushroom ravioli in a shitake cream sauce, to pan-seared diver scallops in a brandy cream sauce: and everything in-between. For Lunch we have all the same, plus an expanded burger and steak menu.
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.
Conceived as part of sculptor Seward Johnson's impressionistic vision, Rat's Restaurant transports degusting diners into Claude Monet's beloved town of Giverny with cosmopolitan home cooking served overlooking a delicate lily pond. Launch your exploration into head chef Shane Cash's exceptional dinner menu with the petit escargot, featuring lemon verbena, escargot butter, and parsley tortellini ($15). Sophisticated palates can decorate themselves with a delectable selection of entrees, including Scottish halibut, a fresh pan-roasted catch accompanied by cauliflower puree and almond-caper meuniere sauce ($30). Before stepping into the attached Grounds For Sculpture galleries and discovering the secrets of scratch-n-see artwork, enjoy sips from a menu of hand-crafted cocktails and an eclectic wine list.
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.
A small shop staffed by an amiable crew, La Crêperie Café presents the versatile Gallic pancake on a menu containing five savory categories and a variety of confectionary incarnations. Capitalizing on the rising trend of billionaire balloonists, the bourgeoisies (rich and light) portion of the menu contains such treats as la panopolie, a rustic turkey crêpe adorned with goat cheese, apple, roasted almonds, olive oil, and basil ($13.50). Placate Italian cravings with a pizza-themed crêpe such as la rebelle, a conspiratorial amalgamation of tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella in cahoots with myriad veggies including mushrooms, spinach, olives, and onions ($13.50). Satiate Francophonic sweet teeth with a La Suzette crêpe, filled with fresh orange juice spiked with Grand Marnier and butter ($8), or opt for more familiar fare with L'Américaine, a dessert envelope stuffed with Nutella, peanut butter, bananas, and pictures of apple pies($8.50).