1201 N. Royal Street
Neighborhood: Alexandria, Alexandria, Old Town
Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 to 2 and 5:30 to 9:30, Friday 11:30 to 2 and 5:30 to 10, and Sunday 5 to 9.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Braddock Road
Price Range: Moderate
Noise Level: Intimate
Foie gras on brioche toast with chutney; coq au vin with smoky lardons; salmon in Dijon-cider sauce; pork chops with bacon-spiked beer sauce; hanger steak in shallots and Cabernet; cassoulet with Toulouse sausage and duck confit; crème brûlée; Valrhona ch
Starters $6 to $12, entrées $18 to $25.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible
As more restaurateurs slough off the trappings of fine dining, Christophe Poteaux has gone in the other direction, nudging his restaurant over time toward a greater refinement. The recent arrival of Mark Slater—for years the area’s top sommelier at the late Citronelle—further cemented his desire to move beyond a bistro; the revamped wine list contains several rarities but also shows off its heavy hitters. The sturdy classicism of Poteaux’s cooking is a kind of comfort in an age of twitchy experimentation, and his menu amounts to a showcase of techniques (duck confit) and arrangements (snails in a vibrant pistou) no longer much in fashion. A twist on salade frisée is exceptional, with rich, confit gizzards playing the role usually reserved for bacon bits. Poteaux’s wife, Michelle, handles desserts, and though there are no surprises—crème brûlée, apple cake—she pulls off each with aplomb.
Open: Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, Sunday for brunch and dinner.
Don’t Miss: Rock-shrimp beignets; Marrakesh-style mussels; pan-roasted duck; hanger steak.