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French: Lauded as one of the nation's best French bistros, this quaint, cash-only BYOB is well deserving of the countless glowing reviews bestowed upon its warm, personalized service and exceptional cuisine. French-born chef Pierre Calmels performs magic magnifique in the kitchen, creating seasonal masterpieces like tarragon-flavored escargots, heavenly foie gras with sautéed apricot, succulent hangar steak with green peppercorn sauce and savory bone marrow stuffing. Lovely crème brulee and buttery fruit pies provide a fantastic finale. Take a date here, a friend, a small group of besties. Just be sure to slow down enough to take in the many flavors and tastes that come your way, as they'll make you want to return again and again.

BYOB Restaurants: Philadelphia's top dining critic bestows rare top honors on the 30-seat BYOB "bistro" that elevates French peasant food into fine-dining art. Chef/owner Pierre Calmels boasts an impeccable French culinary pedigree, and his wife, Charlotte, is revered for her graciousness at the front-of-the-house of this East Passyunk staple. This family-run small establishment is great when you want to feel cozy and well-taken-care-of in a setting that's akin to a friend's kitchen. Remember to hit up the ATM before arriving, however, as this spot is cash-only. Reservations recommended, as is a cult bottle of French red worth showing off. 1009 S. 8th St., 215-965-8290, biboubyobcom

Best Restaurants: Lauded as one of the nation's best French bistros, this quaint, cash-only BYOB is well deserving of the countless glowing reviews bestowed upon its warm, personalized service and exceptional cuisine. French-born chef Pierre Calmels performs magic magnifique in the kitchen, creating seasonal masterpieces like tarragon-flavored escargots, heavenly foie gras with saut�ed apricot, succulent hangar steak with green peppercorn sauce and savory bone marrow stuffing. Lovely cr�me brulee and buttery fruit pies provide a fantastic finale. Bibou boasts the intimacy of eating in what feels like a friend's home, accompanied by top notch cuisine in a quiet setting fit for a truly special evening out.

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Local Expert Sharon Rigney Says:

French: "This restaurant is a BYOB, so be sure to bring along the spirit of your choice to complete your meal, and remember it's cash only."

BYOB Restaurants: "Go Sunday for a four-course, $45 prix-fixe dinner, and remember the restaurant is cash only."

Best Restaurants: "Arrive early for the chance to savor some of their on-menu bone marrow."

Best for French Because: This is one of the most talked-about French eateries in Philadelphia with good reason. Try something from seasonal menu and see why.

Best for BYOB Restaurants Because: With a gracious front-of-house to match the finesse delivered by the kitchen, Bibou has arisen as arguably the best French restaurant in Philadelphia.

Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: Perfect for when you're craving an intimate, upscale experience.

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