Hot Plates Awards 2013: Escargot, Bisou

Escargot from Bisou in Manayunk.

This contemporary, French-forward restaurant is quickly converting escargot virgins into fanatics by ditching the garlic butter in favor of a more modern approach. Chef Clark Gilbert prepares his snails with red wine and imparts richness and texture with guanciale (unsmoked Italian bacon) and earthy shiitake mushrooms, finishing on a sweet note with hazelnuts. $12.

4161 Main St., (215) 487-1230,

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