Bistrot du Coin
Before our first séjour in France, we pretty much never ate in French restaurants in Washington. Unless my memory is mistaken, the first time we ever ate at Bistrot du Coin in DC’s Dupont Circle area wasn’t until after we came back from France in 2012.
Bistrot du Coin was established in 2000 and is well-known for its large stereotypical bistro décor as well as the parties it throws on Bastille Day, the French national holiday (which the French simply call the 14th of July). Each time we went there after our return we would be reminded of Paris. The menu features typical bistro plates that are normally well prepared, including 10 different preparations of mussels, onion soup, fricassee of spicy beef & lamb sausages called merguez, duck breast and duck confit, and of course good French wine. The only drawback is that prices are a bit high even for the neighborhood. Main dishes are generally over $20 even at lunch.
Bistros are morally obligated to have cheese plates, and each time I go to Bistrot du Coin I order theirs, an expression of commonly-found but well-loved cheese : tomme de Savoie, St Nectaire, morbier, and gruyère. I can find better in France, but when I’m not in France, this place does the trick.
Bistrot du Coin, 1738 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009