A Provençale Affair at Bistro La Minette

This place is like a dream of France: a tiny little Parisian bistro ripped from its moorings along the Seine and dropped smack in the middle of Philly. On its best nights, there is perhaps no restaurant in the city so capable of transporting you somewhere other than where you are—and then bringing you home again gently when the evening inevitably ends. Must Try: If you walk out of here without eating the snails, someone should just punch you. Especially if you’re the kind of person who normally doesn’t eat snails. If Only: The bar were a bit more serviceable. Six crowded seats and a (deliberate) lack of certain spirits can make the place a challenge for non-wine drinkers.  Visit one of the 50 Best Restaurants in Philadelphia:  Bistrot La Minette, 623 South 6th Street, 215-925-8000.

Photo by Mike Arrison

Ever dreamed of a summer in Provence? Sipping glass after glass of chilled rosé under the Provençale sun with a large plate of something drenched in olive oil and covered with anchovies in front of you? If you weren’t before, you are now.

Plane tickets to the South of France this time of year are expensive. But starting tonight and ending tomorrow August 7th, Bistrot La Minette wants to make your Provançale fantasy a reality. Executive chef, Kenneth Bush, will be cooking up a four course meal for $35 per person or $50 with wine pairings. The authentic French bistro South Philly will serve as your retreat from the city and it’s not just for francophiles. Check out the full menu below and start planning your trip to South 6th St.

Provence Menu at Bistrot La Minette

Escargots à L’Aixoise

Six wild snails, bone marrow, anchovies, garlic, fennel seeds, nutmeg

Chateau d’Astros, Côtes de Provence, Syrah/Cabernet Sauvignon/Grenache, Provence

Petit Aïoli

Poached Cod, haricots verts, potatoes, carrot, artichoke, mesclun, aioli

Domaine de La Courtade L’Alycastre, Rolle, Provence

Daube de Queue de Boeuf

Red wine-braised oxtail, olives, orange, roasted potatoes

Les Vignobles Gueissard, Mourvédre/Cinsault, Provence

Clafoutis au Cerises

Baked cherry custard, lemon crème fraîche ice cream

Domaine de Durban, Muscat de Baumes-de-Venise, Provence

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