I got an early start on Bastille Day this year by having a very French lunch at a very French restaurant. Bistro du Coin has been serving first-rate food in a casual environment since 2000, so it’s been around long enough to have become a Washington institution. I got there early to beat the lunch crowd, which meant that I felt free to break one of my own rules and take a picture of the restaurant’s interior. I wanted a shot of some of the Bastille Day decorations, but I didn’t want to infringe on the privacy of any of the diners.
Dining here always brings back memories of my earliest days in Washington. Before Bistro du Coin was Bistro du Coin, it was Food for Thought, a hippie-ish, vegetarian-friendly place that occasionally hosted live music by local performers. The food wasn’t particularly memorable, but it was cheap, and Food for Thought was one of the great DC handouts for the young counter-culture crowd that considered Dupont Circle the center of the universe. I was a member in good standing of that vibrant little community.
But back to the present….
I dined on Casserole de Lapin à la Moutarde, aka Rabbit Stew in light creamy mustard sauce with carrots, onions, and mushrooms. Best meal I’ve had in weeks. I savoured every bite. The only downside was that it left me too full for dessert, and I really wanted to try the Pêche Melba.