100 Best Restaurants 2012: Bistrot Le Zinc
From soulful bistros to high-gloss steakhouses, there's lots of good eating in DC, Maryland, and Virginia
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published January 23, 2012
100 Best Restaurants 2012

Bistrot Le Zinc
Address: 3714 Macomb Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20016
Phone: (202) 686-2015
Cuisines: French
Opening Hours: Tuesday through Thursday 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM; Friday to Saturday 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM, 5 PM to 11 PM, Sunday 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Business Attire
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Not Needed

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With restaurants, simplicity is an often-underrated virtue. But that's what keeps drawing us back to this bistro--us and plenty of neighborhood regulars. The butter-yellow dining room, crammed with a ragtag array of pictures (a black-and-white shot of Bill Clinton and Madeleine Albright, a Steve McQueen poster), tends to be busy even on weeknights.

Chef/co-owner David Ashwell, Robert Wiedmaier's longtime right-hand man, is turning out such straightforward but soulful bistro fare as excellent steak frites, crocks of mussels, and a rich onion soup. There's not too much tinkering with tradition, but the terrific lemon tart is like nothing we've had--its tender crust holds faintly citrusy custard covered with brûléed sugar and, atop that, translucent slices of raw lemon.

What to get: Mussels Bolognese; sweetbreads with grainy mustard sauce; escargots with Stilton and apples; rockfish crusted in brioche crumbs and served with tapenade.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Moderate.

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