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Monday, October 10, 2011

Monday Munchies: Point Chaud

Plaudits: None
Neighborhood: Two locations, both on 14th Street: one near McPherson Square area, one near U Street/Logan Circle.

The Setup

Official Mother of DCWD MV was craving crepes. I can't explain why, or how she got onto this kick, only that it was the middle of the day on a Tuesday, and she just wanted crepes. So off we (Official Father of DCWD DV, as well as Official Siblings of DCWD Caribou and NAM) went to Point Chaud in Logan Circle.

The Vibe

Point Chaud is like a lackadaisical French cafe. It has some of the hallmarks: bright blue and white tiles with bright marigold yellow walls, those ubiquitous art deco/nouveau posters, and two small cafe tables outside. Still, it always seems dim and dusty no matter the time of day, a fact probably owing to the relatively few lights hanging from the exposed black ceiling above. The rest of the seating is wicker basket-weave two-top after two-top, except for one full booth in the back. It's something that makes you say, "I see where you're going here, but I wish you would just try a little harder."

The Food

Despite the fact there were five of us, we ordered only two crepes, one savory and one sweet. To start we had the tuna, which came with jack cheese, olives, tomatoes, and onions. I had low expectations for this one, mostly because I couldn't imagine how a fish crepe could be any good. That being said, the tuna was actually pretty well done, escaping the fishy-tasting mush that it come sometimes be (see: tuna salad, supermarket). In combination with the included vegetables, it actually was fairly refreshing, more like a summer salad than a crepe.

For our sweet crepe, MV chose the nutella, blackberry, and strawberry. It's hard to see how you can mess up fruits and nutella (short of putting old fruit in there), so I'll take this opportunity to talk about the crepe itself. These particular ones were fairly fluffy, which was a comfort; on the spectrum of crepes, they were more like injera than tortillas. This made for an altogether pleasant bite.

The Verdict

Good crepes, in a nice neighborhood sort-of place.

Food Rating: ***
(out of 5)
Date Rating: 2.5 Hearts (out of 5)
Dress Code:
Bar Rating:
(out of 5) (less than $25 for two)

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