Parc: a feast for francophiles.

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In a nutshell: Highly recommend this French bistro in Philly’s Rittenhouse Square for the authentic Parisian vibes and consistently-tasty food (in particular, the bread basket, onion soup, and salmon tartine).

Parc remains one of my favorite spots in Philly. The classic Parisian bistro atmosphere, the authentic food, the stunning view of Rittenhouse Square… what a joy! When the weather is nice, take your meal al fresco and dine at one of the patio tables lining the sidewalk outside the restaurant.

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A glimpse of the many options on the menu.

Here are some of the most delicious bites I’ve encountered whilst there:

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One of my favorite bread baskets in Philly.

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While all of the breads are tasty, the cranberry walnut is a real winner.

Start your meal off right with a complimentary bread basket, filled with slices of sourdough, a baguette, and cranberry-walnut bread (my personal favorite). If you go before noon, make sure to ask your server to bring the bread basket– they don’t automatically bring the bread to the table until after 12 pm. If you’re still craving bread when you’re finished with your meal, grab a baguette on your way out.

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Smoked Salmon Tartine. {$15.50}

Layers of slick and silky orange-red salmon, horseradish crème fraîche, egg, a generous scattering of capers, and thinly sliced red onions top toasted baguette halves, making this a luxurious treat indeed. (The Country Chicken Club {avocado, bacon, rosemary aioli; $15.50} lies in the background. Substantial and filling, but could have used more moisture from either a more evenly distributed helping of avocado or a light spread.)

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Wild Mushroom Tart. {$11.50}

Multiple layers of light flaky pastry cradle a buttery rich mixture of earthy wild mushrooms and aromatic truffle fondue. Heaven.

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Onion Soup Gratinée. {$11.50}

Nowhere else have I seen such a thick layer of melted gruyère on top of a bowl of soup (and being the cheese fiend I am, it was quickly eaten up!). Chunks of bread saturated by the oniony broth lurk in the depths of the large bowl. The onion soup is satisfyingly hearty, especially on a chilly winter’s evening.

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Croque Madame. {$13.50}

The thick slice of brioche and grilled ham is practically hidden under a thick layer of Mornay sauce and a just-fried egg. The sauce (essentially a Béchamel sauce incorporating grated cheese) was a bit too rich and heavy for me, although it made for a good dip for the bread and ham beneath, as well as the ample-sized accompanying pile of french fries. The fries were on the limp side; perhaps they could take a longer dip in the fryer?

Steak Frites. {$27.00}

Steak Frites. {$27.50}

Topped with maître d’ butter, the seared hanger steak is tender and juicy, with a lovely garlic aroma. Same comment as before holds true for the fries. This is quite the large portion and a plate that can be easily shared by two.

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Warm Shrimp Salad. {$18.50}

Crisp and refreshing, the salad is complemented by a citrusy lemon beurre blanc, luscious avocado, and tender pink shrimp.

Two Eggs Any Style. {$11.00}

Two Eggs Any Style. {$11.00}

The over-easy eggs were paired with potatoes lyonnaise, bacon, and brioche toast. Nothing remarkable, but it gets the job done.

For a leisurely or a pleasant solo dining experience, Parc is your place: they knock it out of the “Parc.”

Parc
227 S 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA
http://www.parc-restaurant.com/
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