If you’re craving the charm, energy and flavors of a French Bistro while visiting Washington, DC you have multiple options.
Try the tiny, country-style Lavandou if you’re in the Cleveland Park area (near the National Zoo). You won’t be disappointed – but you might have to wait for a table.
Or try the stylish Matisse in Tenleytown for high-brow bistro design and food. It’s very good.
But my personal favorite is Bistro du Coin in the heart of Dupont Circle for an authentic Parisian cafe feel and never-disappointing food.
You’ll find all the classics from steak/frites and foie gras, to moules (mussels) in a variety of tasty broths. An elegantly simple Bibb lettuce salad is soooo, so good.
There are a variety of cassoulets, patés and tartines as well. All the classic French soups and salads are available. There’s a good wine list and fine pastries as well as a selection of excellent, gooey cheeses (fabulous at the end of the meal with one of their thick white dessert wines).
The place is noisy and fun, with tightly-packed tables and classic bistro chairs.
Find Bistro du Coin at 1738 Connecticut Avenue, NW. 202-234-6969.