Cafe La Ruche
1039 31st St., NW
Washington, DC 20007
Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM, Friday 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 11:30 PM, and Sunday 10 AM to 10:30 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Foggy Bottom-GWU
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Onion soup; potage Parisian; croque monsieur; chocolate mousse.
Appetizers, $3.95 to $8.95; entrees, $5.95 to $9.95. Weekend brunch, $10.95.
Have your first kiss under the Eiffel Tower--a miniature one, that is--as you scan the dessert counter (delicate chocolate mousse and tangy orange cheesecake for $5.50 each) at this adorable French restaurant. In the spirit of a Paris bistro, dozens of dark wooden tables are squeezed side by side. French street signs and mirrors line yellow walls. Candles flicker on the tables.
If you stick to the daily menu and avoid the specials, it's easy to eat cheap. The potage Parisian ($4.25) is a steaming bowl of authentically French leek-and-potato soup. The spinach quiche ($7.75) comes with a nice-size salad. So does the croque monsieur ($7.75), a hot ham-and-cheese sandwich smothered with creamy cheese. An appetizer portion of escargots for $6.25 might make for good conversation.