Escargot has been an opulent delicacy throughout history first served in France during the reign of King Louis XIV. Since then, chefs all around the world have transformed this delicacy into their own elevated creations.
This year on National Escargot Day (Wednesday, May 24) Philadelphia restaurants and bars are inviting guests to enjoy their spin on this luxe French staple at the most coveted and authentic locales including The Dutch, Forsythia, Royal Boucherie, and Townsend EPX, to name a few!
The Dutch, the popular breakfast-through-dinner eatery with a focus on reinventing the Pennsylvania Dutch classics, is offering a Mediterranean-inspired take on the French classic with the Escargot served with roasted peppers, ouzo and feta, exclusively featured as a starter on the ever-evolving, seasonal The Dutch After Dark dinner menu. Courtesy of Chef-Owners Lee Styer and Kevin Watters, guests have the option to choose from a host of dishes across three courses for just $60 per person (optional wine pairing +$18).
The Dutch is located at 1537 S. 11th Street, Philadelphia. Hours of operation: Monday through Friday 8am – 3pm; Saturday and Sunday 8am – 2pm (brunch service) and Wednesday and Thursday 5 – 9pm; Friday and Saturday 5 – 10pm; Sunday from 5 – 9pm (dinner service).
Forsythia, Old City’s innovative, modern French restaurant and bar, boasts a constantly rotating menu of contemporary French fare with a handful of signature dishes such as the Escargot. Kearse’s ultra-seasonal Escargot is composed of chartreuse-almond butter, pickled red onions, and bergamot croûton, priced at $16.
Forsythia is located at 233 Chestnut Street. Hours of operation: Wednesday through Sunday 5 – 10pm (dinner); Saturday and Sunday 10:30am – 3pm (brunch)
Royal Boucherie, Old City’s lively and atmospheric neighborhood restaurant and bar, features an ultra-authentic, indulgent take on the French delicacy in honor of National Escargot Day with its freshly-minted Escargot à L’ail Noir ($16) comprised of black garlic braised escargot, ratatouille, pansies, and crispy garlic. Escargot à L’all Noir is highlighted on Royal Boucherie’s brand-new all day menu available for both weekday lunch, weekend brunch, and dinner service nightly.
Royal Boucherie is located at 52 S. 2nd Street. Hours of operation: Monday – Thursday, 4pm – 10pm, Friday and Saturday, 4pm – 11pm, and Sunday, 4pm – 9pm with weekend brunch available Saturday – Sunday, 10am – 3pm.
Townsend EPX, Chef Townsend Wentz’s French-forward restaurant and bar on East Passyunk Avenue, is no stranger to embracing French delicacies and ingredients as the dinner menu is brimming with fresh takes on classics such as the Escargot. Wentz’s version of Escargot ($17) is prepared with roasted garlic risotto and sorrel vermouth cream, available for purchase à la carte as a starter or as part of the ever-evolving seasonal prix fixe tasting menu.
Townsend EPX is located at 1623 E Passyunk Ave. Hours of operation are Wednesday through Sunday from 5 pm – 10 pm with bar service until 2 am.
Check out Parc, Bistrot La Minette, and The Good King Tavern for other spots for escargots in Philadelphia.
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