In solidarité with Parisians and France after the attacks this weekend, (and, subsequently, in reflection of ISIS’ newest video release threatening DC), I’m highlighting my three favorite French restaurants in the city.
Because who doesn’t love a good glass of French wine, delicious bread, with a side of four letter words for ISIS…
Bistro Du Coin
This is a DC stalwart, and one of my favorites…if you can get a table. It’s quintessentially Parisian, with tiny round tables and sometimes absent waiters and brusque hosts; of course, that is what also makes the atmosphere charming. Great for any time of day, whether you want a hearty meal or a relaxed break/drink from walking to the zoo. I, of course, like the properly executed French onion soup, along with the beef bourguignon. Of course, mussels are always a good option, too.
1738 Connecticut Avenue, NW. 11:30am-12pm daily. Entrees $20-$30.
This new-ish restaurant may need no introduction, but it’s one of the few places (though some may disagree) where the hype about the restaurant overshadowed the actual excellence of the food. It’s a place to see and be-seen, not stroll in wearing yoga clothes. You can try to get reservations, but for busy evenings, you better try at least 2 weeks in advance. The bar is always open, so sneak in early or sit on the ‘terrace’ and people watch like a Parisian. The French onion soup here is like a meal, and the scallops are impeccably cooked.
1601 14th Street NW. Open at 5pm daily; Brunch Sat & Sun. Entrees $17-$30.
Chez Billy Sud
Love, love, LOVE the patio. Off of the main M Street in Georgetown, this place is quaint and endearing. They also serve the perfect Kir Royale, which doesn’t hurt. As an olive lover, I think the olives marinees are a perfect way to start a meal, and while I’m a bit of a steak snob, their steak and frites does the job. Especially the frites. They also serve a lunch and brunch menu, with good selections of French cheese if that’s what you’re feeling.
1039 31st Street NW. Closed Mondays; Lunch Tues-Fri; Brunch Sat & Sun. Entrees $18-34.
Our thoughts are with all those in Paris and affected by the attacks.