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Fare for Francophiles

This year’s Philadelphia International Flower Show theme is “Springtime in Paris,” and there are few better restaurants to embrace your inner Francophile than Georges Perrier’s French classic, Le Bec-Fin (1523 Walnut St., 215.567.1000). A fine dining icon since 1970, Le Bec-Fin’s signature Louis XVI-style interior and European service turn any meal into a special occasion. Although he threatened retirement, chef Perrier instead turned the reins over to executive chef Nicholas Elmi, even sending him to Paris to work with three-Michelin-starred chef Guy Savoy. Chef Perrier gives Elmi plenty of room to bring modern French dishes to the table, but he still tastes everything. And his signature dishes—like the swoon-worthy galette de crabe, a menu staple since 1975—will always withstand the test of time. For a casual French meal, try one of Philly's brasseries, including Parc (227 S. 18th St., 215.545.2262), Caribou Café (1126 Walnut St., 215.625.9535) and Bistrot La Minette (623 S. Sixth St., 215.925.8000).