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100 Best Restaurants 2012: Montmartre

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More than any other French bistro in the area, this chatty room on Capitol Hill makes us feel like we’re in Paris. Chef/owner Stephane Lezla’s cooking nods to modern trends but is at its heart traditional–in a good way.

Simple wooden chairs and tables are usually jammed with neighborhood types and Hill workers of all ages. But this is also a destination spot for Francophiles who sip regional wines, slather butter on rounds of crisp baguette, talk politics, and regale friends with tales of their latest sojourns abroad.

What to get: Mussels with pastis; country pâté; veal tongue with sauce gribiche; braised rabbit with olives and linguine; floating island of meringue in crème anglaise; chocolate tart.

Open Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner. Moderate.

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