500 South 20th Street
On a quiet, charming corner between Rittenhouse and Graduate Hospital, a neighborhood bistro called to me. Lou Birds is the new spot from the owners of The Happy Rooster, and took over Meritage (RIP). They have outdoor seating, a nice bar and elegant interior touches.
I was lucky enough to experience the entire menu (I dined with seven others – I’m not that gluttonous). We were excited to taste each dish – fluke crudo, pork belly and lobster with whole wheat pasta are not standard bistro fare – but we were disappointed when the portions were not sized to share. A bite of each dish left us feeling unsatisfied. I would recommend ordering a first, second and main course if your intentions are to leave feeling full. My favorite dish of the night was The French Onion Oxtail soup (not pictured below).
Overall, this is the kind of place you’re lucky to have if you live nearby, but not quite worth making a trip for. So if you find yourself in Rittenhouse on a date or taking a stroll with your parents, Lou Birds is a safe bet.