GET SERVED The star-studded French Open—Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova are all tapped to compete—takesplace May 26, offering the perfect excuse to embark on a Parisian food tour through Philadelphia. Bring your own bottle of wine to Bibou (1009 S. Eighth St., 215.965.8290, biboubyob.com), and sip alongside chef Pierre Calmels’ seven-course prix fixe menu that changes weekly.
For familiar French favorites with a heaping side of people-watching, head to Rittenhouse favorite Parc (227 S. 18th St., 215.545.2262, parc- restaurant.com). Expect cassoulet (the restaurant’s Sunday special), trout amandine and a photo worthy Grand Plateau fruit de mer tower brimming with oysters and mussels.
Bistrot La Minette (623 S. Sixth St., 215.925.8000, bistrotlaminette.com) executive chef Kenneth Bush concocts an array of classic dishes from scratch.The three-course prix fixe weekend lunch menu features house specialties like oeuf du pecher, mussels in a tarragon cream topped with a poached egg.
At Royal Boucherie (52 S. Second St., 267.606.6313, royalboucherie.com), chef Nicholas Elmi tastefully intermingles Parisian and American fare with marvelous wine pairings from the restaurant’s Old City cellar. Request a table on the second-level deck—back open starting May 1—and enjoy a month long special of a half-dozen East Coast oysters for $15 with the purchase of a bottle of rosé.
Finally, Ardmore’s The Bercy (7 E. Lancaster Ave.,610.589.0500, thebercy.com), set to air the French Open live, has 16 new summer-ready menu items to sink a fork into, like roasted halibut with lemon grass and kaffir lime-scented coconut broth. Bon appétit!