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When Olivier and Edouard Delrieu go to work, they feel like they’re coming home. That’s because the brothers operate Pétanque, the Northwood gastropub named for the Provençal version of bocce ball they played as kids.
“We wanted to establish a local hangout rather than a destination for tourists,” says Olivier. “Our philosophy is ‘the more you give, the more you get,’ so we offer quality food, drinks, and entertainment in a friendly setting.”
Locals crowd the outdoor covered bar to enjoy Edouard’s cocktails, named simply after the ingredients they contain. Apple Cognac & Cinnamon, for example, combines cognac and cinnamon with the apple confit syrup made for one of their desserts. Purple Rain, a twist on a whiskey sour, pairs spiced ginger whiskey with fresh lime juice, simple syrup, and violet water made from a reduction of butterfly pea flower tea. The drink is sprayed with absinthe before serving. “It’s pleasing to the eye,” says Olivier, “but then the taste delivers something you don’t expect from the appearance.”
These original libations complement the rustic menu, which features shareable platters of charcuterie, cheeses, and seafood. The most popular item is the banh mi burger, served on a French baguette with seared pork rillettes, sriracha, and pickled vegetables. A special late-night menu is available until 2 a.m. on weekends, to feed locals wrapping up an evening on the town. —Mark Spivak