Price Details: An early-bird special, available daily between 5:30 and 7 PM, offers three courses for $22.95.
French bistro fare is the draw at this Woodley Park carryout, an offshoot of the eponymous restaurant. Regulars know to call in advance to reserve a garlic-bread-stuffed whole roast organic chicken ($12.95). In fact, calling ahead is usually a good idea, especially with a large order—this is long-simmered fare.
Veal cheeks with picholine olives ($18), salmon with tomato-caper sauce ($18), and cassoulet ($20)—when available—are all delicious. While the chicken is moist and crisp-skinned, the stuffing has enough garlic to vanquish a dozen vampires. There are fine sandwiches—lamb with red peppers and goat cheese ($7.99), merguez sausage with harissa ($6.99)—and side dishes ($6.99 a pound) like creamy potato gratin and tender green lentils.
The French bread is house-made and worth the $2.25 for a baguette. The same goes for a lemony custard tart ($5.50) that’ll put you in a Paris state of mind.