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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Bistro La Bonne

Plaudits: None
Neighborhood: U Street

The Setup

Looking for some quick brunch, Official Girlfriend of DCWD Texas and I decided to visit U Street relative newcomer Bistro La Bonne.

The Vibe

It might be obvious to say from its name and its location, but the restaurant's decor is a bistro meets U Street. Take a traditional French bistro (much like say, Bistro du Coin) complete with exposed brick with wine bottles in the crevices, a motley collection of art deco and nouveau posters on the walls, and a French flag over the long wooden bar. Seating is a collection of twos and fours, including a small balcony that looks over the whole restaurant and a two-table patio out front.

The other features are tiny but charming: blue place mats on brown furniture, a wine barrel and wooden geese over the doorway, and a consistent pumping of mid-century swing overhead, which gave Texas and I ample opportunity to dance quietly in the back.

The Food

On this trip, Texas opted for the slightly more traditional route: Daniel's benedicte, eggs benedict with crab meat and spinach replacing the ham, also with a side of frites. The benedict was rich, with the crab meat becoming a nice savory point. It wasn't the best eggs benedict I've ever had, but definitely a good version.

Despite the fact that it broke my brunch rules (has to include eggs), I thought it best to sample the restaurant's signature mussels; in this case, the moules marinieres (white wine, shallots, garlic, parsley). Served with an ample side of fries, the mussels again weren't the greatest I've ever had, but they were fairly flavorful, with a huge taste of parsley. The broth was perhaps not as creamy as I wanted at the moment, but was a pretty decent set of mussels.

The Verdict

Charming little place, good for a date, with some decent grub. We'll definitely be back.

Food Rating: ** 1/2
(out of 5)
Date Rating: 4 Hearts (out of 5)
Dress Code:
Bar Rating:
Hipster Hangout
(out of 5) ($25-$50 for two)
: Head next door to Twins Jazz (which admittedly, has a supper club), and take in some sounds.

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