This weekend my husband and I had a most enjoyable dinner at Palette in Northern Liberties.
Palette is three months old; a bistro with hearty, well-cooked food and a good bar. Actually, I can't really evaluate a bar, but my husband's martini was excellent, and there seemed to be a good wine list.
The menu is small and well executed. There is good French bread, good sweet butter, and you never need to ask for more water.
My husband ordered the Wings appetizer, which was great. They are not the spicy wings; they are done with "white truffle honey mustard and scallions." There were enough wings for it to be an entree or to be shared; I would absolutely want to have some when we return. I had the appetizer special of soft-shells on an avocado salad; excellent. Most appetizers were 5 or 6 dollars; the special was 10. People at the next table were raving about the soup.
My main course was the chicken and biscuit; very simple and satisfying. Next time I would get what my husband loved: BBQ short ribs, meltingly tender, on a (light) macaroni and cheese. Main courses were from 14 to 18 dollars, except for Steak Frites, which was 22.
Service was friendly and very attentive.
We were too full for dessert. There were just a few choices, and if you want the Valhrona chocolate souffle, you have to allow twenty minutes.
We were told that the young chef has worked at Jakes', Novelty and Bleu. He knows how to take basic, standard dishes and do them well.
This is a go-back-to place for us; we really enjoyed ourselves.
They are open every day, and for brunch on Sunday.
If anyone else has tried Palette, please report!