New Center City restaurant

June 3, 2009 4:11:41 AM PDT
If you look at a lot of the newer restaurants in town, you might get the idea that size equals success. But one local chef is going back to his roots, and he's opened a place he'd tell you is just big enough.Take a casual walk down 11th Street and you might conclude that Zinc is just another neighborhood place. But step inside and you're transported to France, where Parisians prize little bistros.

Zinc's bar is almost a hundred years old, imported from France, and serves only French wines. You can enjoy the bistro's own sparkling wine for under $30 a bottle.

The kitchen is where owner/Chef Olivier Desaintmartin creates his magic, making dishes beloved by families across France. Scallops, fresh and perfect, are joined with oyster mushrooms and Belgian endive. Baby greens are sculpted into a house salad with a few surprises like beets. And, of course, there's the classic steak frites, served with hand-cut french fries.

Zinc is at 246 South 11th Street, between Locust and Spruce Streets open for dinner only Tuesday through Sunday evenings.

More information about Zinc:
Many restaurants offer French cuisine, but a relatively-new entry in Center City specializes in authentic bistro dishes families prefer across France. Zinc is at 243 S. 11th Street, between Locust and Spruce. Owner/Chef Olivier Desaintmartin serves guests the dishes he remembers as a child in France's Champagne region. He cooks a classic steak frites, served with hand-cut french fries. There's a scallops dish featuring absolutely fresh seafood, served simply with oyster mushrooms and Belgian endive. The house salad offers Bibb lettuce surrounding a core of beets and other ingredients. There's calves liver and a rabbit stew. And there are dishes Americans might find unusual but the French do not...things like skate wings, pig's feet, and baby octopus...all prepared with the sort of skill the French demand. The antique bar has wines by the glass, and the bistro's own sparkling wine from France is under $30.00 a bottle. Before and after dinner, you might try some of France's famous-name drinks, or some Champagne-based creations you hardly find outside their homeland. Zinc is open for dinner only Tuesday through Sunday evenings. There'll be a Sunday brunch after Labor Day. For information or reservations, call 215-351-9901, or visit their website, http://www.zincbarphilly.com

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