A La Maison BistroAddress:
53 W Lancaster Ave.
Ardmore , PA 19003
Parking: Municipal parking lot behind restaurant free after 6 p.m.
Handicap access: Wheelchair accessible.
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Cuisine type: French
Meals Served: Brunch Lunch Dinner
Style: The Main Line gets a taste of the French bistro resurgence with this lively storefront cafe in downtown Ardmore, where a menu of Gallic classics, from spot-on onion soup to hearty cassoulet, is served in a bustling room decked with antique copper cookware and rustic bric-à-brac. Some of the dishes could use some extra refinement (as can the service), but there's already a joie de vivre to this pleasant newcomer that feels like the beginnings of a neighborhood keeper.
Specialties: Onion soup; moules frites; escargots; onion and goat cheese tart; roasted vegetable-goat cheese napoleon; salmon with champagne-leek sauce; cassoulet (Wednesday); steak frites; duck with celery root puree and cherry-port sauce; short rib bourgignon; seared trout special; chocolate pot de crème; tarte au citron.
Alcohol: BYOB. Stick with something French and rustic to pair with the classic bistro flavors.
Weekend noise: All the hard-surfaces add up to a noisy 91-decibel din. (Ideal is 75 decibels or less.)
Hours: Lunch Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dinner Tuesday through Thursday, 5-9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5-11 p.m. Sunday brunch, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.