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- Bis on Main10213 Main St, Bellevue, WA 98004Just 15 minutes from Seattle, Bis on Main serves French-American cuisine in a dining room filled with a rotating selection of modern Northwest art—and without stratospheric price or pretense. To ... read moreexperience how fine French food can be made approachable, try the pork tenderloin wrapped in crispy speck ham and served with a Dijon rosemary sauce and a side of brussels sprouts topped in truffle honey, walnuts, and bacon.
- Millesime92 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016Substitute the Seine for the Hudson, and you could be in a Left Bank brasserie; Millesime’s ornate crown moldings and red banquettes hearken back to those 1920s Hemingway haunts. Even the cocktail ... read moremenu is a trip through French history, with appearances from Coco Chanel, Honoré de Balzac, and Napoleon (listed under Short and Potent). Michelin-starred chef Laurent Manrique oversees this high-energy establishment, where guests return for the enormous shareable seafood platters as well as staples like steak frites and hearty brasserie food.
- Bistro Vendome1420 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202Since 2003 this convivial bistro with outdoor seating has lured diners off bustling Larimer Square downtown into a setting worthy of Paris, where fresh French dishes show off local ingredients—the ... read moresmoked trout omelette and a beet salad in a kale-hazelnut vinaigrette, to name two. More than 65 French wines are available amid the mustard-tinted walls and tables so packed in that a rendez-vous des amis might soon include the neighbors.
- Mockingbird Bistro1985 Welch Street, Houston, TX, United StatesChef John Sheely puts a Lone Star twist on French bistro classics—and the giddyup in the gourmet—with dishes like grilled half chicken with smoked sausage, summer succotash, and mango barbecue sauce. ... read moreMussels come with roasted tomato, Spanish chorizo, and white wine and are served with—what else?—garlic toast, a Texas favorite.
- Daniel60 E 65th St, New York, NY 10065Daniel Boulud’s Michelin-three-star restaurant has enchanted diners since opening in 1993 and got a 2008 refresh from celebrated designer Adam D. Tihany, who paired Neoclassical archways and high ... read moreceilings with custom-made chandeliers with Limoges porcelain tiles and paintings by Spanish artist Manolo Valdés. The equally eye-catching dishes change seasonally and are offered à la carte or via tasting menus. A wine list 2,000 bottles deep ranges from the legendary Château d’Yquem to a huge Burgundy selection to sweet Hungarian dessert wines.
- La Folie2316 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109If presentation is an indicator, classically trained chef Roland Passot is still having a blast whipping up French-California dishes that live up to the restaurant’s name (meaning “folly” or “madness” ... read more). Prix fixe menus feature duck breast and sautéed Burgundy snails as well as more contemporary dishes like Dungeness crab salad on English pea panna cotta, served with a passion that has made this a Bay Area favorite for 25 years.
- Joel RobuchonMGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109Las Vegas has become a serious food town, and no small credit goes to chef Joël Robuchon, who opened two restaurants at the MGM Grand in 2005. His eponymous three-Michelin-star nirvana of refined ... read moreFrench food—such as truffled langoustine ravioli or French hen with foie gras—envelops diners in a lush purple dining room with velvet banquettes and dripping chandeliers. Head to the more relaxed L’Atelier next door for steak tartare with fries or Maine lobster salad.
- Brasserie by Niche4580 Laclede Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63108-2104, United StatesA pressed-tin ceiling, checkered tablecloths covered with butcher paper, and a buzzing outdoor terrace are the perfect backdrop for James Beard–nominated chef Gerard Craft’s French bistro lineup of ... read moreonion soup, country pâté, cassoulet, and duck confit—all with ingredients sourced from nearby farms. Romantics take note: this brasserie was formerly Chez Leon, a neighborhood bistro where Craft courted his wife.
- Les Nomades222 E Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611Linger at this romantic brownstone in Streeterville for a memorable Parisian-style tête-à-tête. The restaurant’s motto declares, “A fresh expression of French cuisine,” and the menu heeds the claim ... read morewith clever twists on classics such as the sautéed Hudson Valley foie gras, banana water, and Granny Smith apple purée appetizer. The wine list includes an excellent champagne selection, worth a toast whether you’re celebrating or not.
- Le Pigeon738 E Burnside St Portland, OR 97214Carnivores and adventurous eaters will appreciate chef Gabriel Rucker’s creations, which add whimsy and decadence to traditional French recipes. Beef-cheek bourguignonne, rabbit-in-a-pig-blanket, and ... read morefoie gras profiteroles are among the quirky edibles. The chef’s counter puts diners ringside in the busy kitchen, and the brick-wall dining room’s three communal tables are often filled with both locals and international clientele. Le Pigeon’s first cookbook comes out in September 2013—for you try-it-at-home types.
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