MANCHESTER - The internationally recognized 'Travel & Leisure' magazine compiled a list of the 'Best French Restaurants in the U.S.' in their Aug. 2013 issue and placed Manchester's Brasserie L'Oustau de Provence in fifth nation-wide.

Rated along with well-known culinary meccas such as Daniel in New York City, La Chaumiere in D.C. and Joel Robuchon in Las Vegas, Brasserie L'Oustau was celebrated for its homage to classic French cuisine and hospitality.

"Authenticity and service are always in style at this southern Vermont brasserie, which attracts diners from as far as New York and Canada. Owned by Michel Boyer, a well-respected connoisseur of French gastronomy, this is a real gathering spot where friends and family meet for American interpretations of French food - pommes frites, slow-cooked onion soup, roasted chicken, savory sausages, and vegetables - all sourced locally," said Travel & Leisure, on their list of best French restaurants.

Launched in Jan. 2012 and pushing through possibly the worst ski and foliage seasons on record, Brasserie L'Oustau has implemented some very unique culinary programs: monthly wine dinners to feature wine pairings from specific regions of the world such as the Loire Valley and New Zealand, a July 2013 dinner promotion with a menu highlighting six special lobster dishes and a small-dish menu for their newly named Bar Matisse located within the restaurant.

"The greatest compliment possible is when a customer tells us we remind them of a wonderful brasserie they visited in Paris - except we're better," says Michel Boyer, owner of Brasserie L'Oustau. "That has been our goal - to provide classic French service and cuisine in a refined and casual ambiance without having to be in France."

Having spearheaded a 'Manchester, VT Restaurant Week' in Oct. 2012 and again in April 2013, Brasserie L'Outstau has been helping and inspiring southern Vermont restaurants to establish the area as a destination for culinary tourism.

For information about Brasserie L'Oustau de Provence and Michel Boyer, visit www.brasserieloustau.com, Twitter @BrassLOustau, Facebook at "Brassierie "L'Outstau" or call 802-768-8537.