Petits plats such as brandade de morue ($6)—salt cod puréed with olive oil—and a rotating selection of house-made terrines sound promising. A plate of head-on shrimp, sautéed and served over hummus ($6), sounds intriguing, too.
The menu bills itself as seasonal, but summer choices include cured duck with poached pears and green olives ($7) and mushroom-laden garlic sausage baked inside a brioche ($7)—in other words, dishes that put one more in mind of wool hats and down jackets.
There are 32 wines available by the glass and half glass. French selections are sourced from every corner of the country, but the list also includes a small range of other European labels as well as American and Australian choices. Bottles range from $28 to $150.
The bar’s Friday-night Champagne tastings and regular doses of live music will give diners a reason to venture past the restaurant’s serene garden.
Bar Baudelaire at Le Gaulois, 1106 King St., Alexandria; 703-739-9494; barbaudelaire.com.
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