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Bibou

A casual South Philly BYOB serving lovingly prepared, rustic French food

Bibou

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Description

The labor of love of husband-and-wife team Charlotte and Pierre Calmels (former executive chef at Le Bec-Fin), Bibou serves delicately prepared, rustic French bistro fare in a casual space in South Philadelphia.

Bibou is open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday. They are BYOB and cash only, and after a recent review in the New York Times, reservations are strongly encouraged.

Cuisine

Chef Calmels menu is tightly honed, leaving only the most delicious items for diners to select. You’ll choose from a seasonally inspired menu of five starters and five entrees, with the occasional one-off specials added to the menu when the chef is particularly inspired.

The Entrees (first course) menu includes a seared foie gras, Scottish smoked salmon and a gorgeously layered terrine.

On the Plats Principaux (main course) menu, you’ll find pan-seared scallops that are perfectly cooked and a braised pig foot will make a pork lover go silent from delight (and carefully guard his plate to prevent poaching from fellow diners).

Atmosphere

Bibou is housed in an intimate space that long-time diners will remember as the former home of Pif.

The space avoids the claustrophobia that many a small restaurant imposes, saved mostly by the big, bright front window and the sunny, lemon-colored walls. Decor is sparse but friendly. Happily, with food such as this, elaborate restaurant design is most unnecessary.

Details

1009 S. 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 965-8290
Website

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