Tucked unassumingly at 215 Main Street is one of Royersford’s best kept culinary secrets: The French Quarter Bistro, open for over 10 years, owned by Mark Van Horn. The menu offers a range of choices to suit both your palate and your wallet, and there are daily specials that push the envelope (try the Suzy Jo donut burger), but always deliver in terms of value and taste.
As the bar and restaurant’s name suggests, the menu is rooted in southern Cajun cuisine; balancing sweet with savory, spicy with cool and always presenting bold flavors. The menu boasts original and delicious offerings such as the Firecracker Shrimp (a creamy, extremely spicy shrimp appetizer), the ever-delectable pulled pork platter (an original flavor-take on a traditional dish), and Louisiana Skillet Fried Chicken (delicately fried chicken topped with an amazing mushroom cream sauce) complete with garlic mashed potatoes and maque choux.
Is your mouth watering yet?
But maybe you aren’t hungry, and instead need a libation. Once again, the French Quarter Bistro meets your needs. The Bistro has built an incredible selection of craft beers on tap and in bottles. While still in season, head down and enjoy a Spaten Oktoberfest, a Weyerbacher Pumpkin Ale or perhaps continue to support local businesses and enjoy a Yards or Victory Hop Devil – brewed in Philadelphia and Downingtown. Whatever your beer tastes might be, with well over fifty different selections, they can be met at the Bistro. Not a beer drinker? The well-trained bar staff can confidently mix up whatever you require, with different drink specials nightly.
While the French Quarter Bistro stands alone in terms of Cajun/Creole cuisine in the Royersford area, we wanted to compare their offerings to the value available at Applebee’s, a large restaurant chain in the area which has some similar menu items as well as large bar. Admittedly, The Bistro has more range in terms of menu prices when considering specials, but their every-day menu items are priced comparably to that of Applebee’s Restaurant. Both establishments offer up burgers in the $9.50-$10.50 range, depending on the burger, both offer numerous menu options within the $14-$16 range that come with a salad, and in the French Quarter Bistro’s case, home-made cornbread.
Applebee’s and the French Quarter Bistro are evenly matched on paper, but it’s the nightly specials and entertainment provided by the Bistro that allows the establishment to pull firmly ahead in comparison. Every Tuesday night, the Bistro hosts an all-you-can eat wing and fry special for $5.99 that blows away the competition. Bored of regular hot wings? You have options! Try the Honey Habanero, Sesame Siracha, Voodoo, or Garlic Parmesan wings. Other events that make the French Quarter Bistro an experience rather than just a bar and restaurant are the Bistro Show, a kitchy little game and talent show on Thursday nights, nights of live music, DJ’s spinning on the weekends and even a bit of racy adult Bingo every other Wednesday.
The beauty of the French Quarter Bistro is that it allows its customers to decide what they want the Bistro to be; the fun little down-home bar that serves great food with an amazing beer selection and evening entertainment, or a refined sit-down dining experience more than good enough for special occasions. Whatever your choice, the quality of the food and prices cannot be beat by any large chain restaurant. Visit the French Quarter Bistro and get a great deal more than a great deal!