Day Two of Restaurant Week found me in a little French charmer called La Côte d’Or, far out in the Virginia suburb of East Falls Church. (Some people measure out their lives with coffee spoons. I measure mine by the number of Metro stops it takes to get back to Dupont Circle.)
Here’s an online picture of its interior. Could this be anything other than a homey French restaurant?
Unlike the day before, when I’d found Rare Steakhouse nearly deserted, the much smaller La Côte d’Or had a nearly full house.
I ordered this onion soup despite knowing that I’d also have onion soup at lunch the next day, because it’s winter, and nothing staves off the coldness and gloom of winter like a good French Onion Soup. I’ve never had a bad one.
The Coq au Vin, with the customary bacon, pearl onions, mushrooms, potatoes, and, uh, coq, wasn’t particularly memorable. The sauce was a little thin for my taste, and I would have liked a bit more chicken. Acceptable.
For some reason, I’d thought that Floating islands were a relatively recent innovation. They’re not. According to Wikipedia, Jack London mentioned them a century ago, Richard Olney included a Floating island recipe in the classic Simple French Food, and—Trivia Tip of The Day—they even show up in 1930’s also classic The Hidden Staircase, the second book of the Nancy Drew series!
A Floating Island is made of a meringue floating on a custard sauce. La Côte d’Or’s featured caramel, toasted almond, and a raspberry on top.
Nice people, fine environment, OK meal.