Many Houstonians first tasted soupe au pistou, rillettes, duck confit and so many other Provence standards at this charming bistro in the Memorial area. Adoringly appointed with butter-yellow tablecloths and sky-blue napkins, this brick-walled restaurant brings to mind a restaurant you might stumble upon while bicycling in France. The homemade pates are stellar, along with the herb-seasoned Cornish hen perfectly bronzed in a wooden oven visible from the dining room. Bistro Provence boasts an excellent Franco-centric wine list featuring many boutique selections.
While son Jean-Philippe Guy continues the tradition of serving quality French food at Bistro Provence. His father, Bistro Provence founder George Guy, continues to create magic in the kitchen of La Brocante Café, 2825 S. Kirkwood Road, 281-556-0606.