Must-do’s: French onion soup, mac ‘n cheese
Location: 227 S. 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA
From the exterior, Parc looks like your run-of-the-mill Brasserie that you see on every street corner in Paris – except it is located in the heart of Rittenhouse Square. Once you get settled in your seat, every meal starts off with a bread basket consisting of freshly made baguette and cranberry-walnut bread, a deadly duo that will have you asking for seconds (or even thirds). Parc is best enjoyed for brunch, especially when the weather is nice and you can snag a table outside with a view of Rittenhouse Park. For the most enjoyable brunch, I recommend ordering a glass of rosé followed by the onion soup gratinée. Their French onion soup is still the best of anywhere I have had to date (including the onion soup I had in Paris). Other notably delicious menu items include the macaroni au gratin, the ½ roast chicken that is accompanied by smooth and creamy mashed potatoes, and the moules frites (mussels with thinly cut fries). Of course, the meal must end with a plate of delicate and colorful macaroons.