100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Et Voila!
The dining room at Et Voila! in Washington, DC. Photograph by Chris Campbell.
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Et Voila!
Address: 5120 MacArthur Blvd., NW, Washington, DC 20016
Phone: 202-237-2300
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest, Palisades
Cuisines: French, Belgian, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Monday for dinner, Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner.
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Endive salad with Chimay cheese and pecans; gravlax with crème fraîche and olive-oil pancake; carbonnade à la flamande; burger with Chimay and bacon; fries; chocolate mousse; Belgian waffle with poached pear and chocolate.
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Claudio Pirollo’s menu lacks the innovation of most of the restaurants in its class (his terrific mussel burger excepted), but there’s a reason his cozy Belgian place is swarmed even on weekdays—there’s enormous comfort to be derived from steak frites or a bowl of mussels. The steadiness of the kitchen doesn’t hurt, either. Nor does the vibe: The narrow room has the feel of a low-key dinner party in an exclusive neighborhood—the kind in which talk abounds about European travel, guests try out their French, and name-dropping is rife.

Pastry chef Andras Horvoth has a gift for making the simple seem extravagant. His Belgian waffle is as good as anything you’d find across the pond. Don’t miss: Warm goat cheese with greens; smoked-trout salad; salmon with lentils and mustard sauce; hanger steak with peppercorn sauce; pear tart with Hoegaarden-beer ice cream; profiteroles. Open: Monday for dinner, Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner. Moderate.

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013
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