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When one thinks of fine French cuisine, the phrase evokes a bistro in Paris along the river Seine. But, there are some really fine French restaurants in America. Anyway, the Michelin Guide thinks so. Here are the finest French restaurants in the US, arranged from East to West, along with their signature dishes from the menu. Bon Appetit!
Daniel – New York, NY
Signature Dish: Chilled oysters “en gelée” with fennel mousseline, sea urchin finger lime, and white sturgeon caviar; warm Austrian white asparagus with sherry wine mousseline and Ibérico ham or glazed sweetbreads with potato gnocchi, Louisiana crayfish and sweet pea purée.
Jean-Georges – New York, NY
Signature Dish: Egg Caviar – a lightly scrambled egg topped with whipped cream and osetra caviar followed by a pheasant, duck, and quail with truffle vinaigrette.
Thomas Henkelmann – Greenwich, CT
Signature Dish: Roasted loin of venison with bow-tie pasta gratin, red cabbage, poached pear, red wine venison sauce, and watercress.
Palme d’Or – Miami. FL
Signature Dish: Tangerine-poached Alaskan king crab served with carrots, mint, onions, and sweet peas.
Everest – Chicago, IL
Signature Dish: New York State foie gras, pineapple quince, and Alsace spice cake with line-caught cod, stuffed macaroni, salsify, and pinot noir jus.
Le Pichet – Seattle, WA
Signature Dish: Brandade de morue nîmoise with olive oil, cream, and potato served with marinated olives and grilled bread.
Little Bird – Portland, OR
Signature Dish: Duck confit with green beans, hazelnut, pickled cherries, and a smoked foie gras vinaigrette.
Guy Savoy – Las Vegas, NV
Signature Dish: Colors of caviar, artichoke with black truffle soup, and salmon iceberg.
Joël Robuchon – Las Vegas, NV
Signature Dish: Black truffle tart with confit onions and smoked bacon, frog leg fritters with garlic purée and parsley coulis, or seared diver sea scallop served with kumquat and caviar.
Bouchon Bistro – Yountville, CA
Signature Dish: Poulet rôti roasted with English peas, garden lettuce, bacon lardons, and chicken jus. Ooh-La-La!