Neighborhood Eats: Cafe La Ruche

This cozy Georgetown cafe hasn’t changed much since it opened in 1974. The candlelit tables have hosted many first dates over the years. Hearty, unpretentious Parisian fare—quiches oozing with Gruyère, a crock of onion soup gratinée, escargot swimming in butter, a croque monsieur dripping with béchamel—is the way to go here, so park cholesterol concerns at the door. And don’t leave without splitting a buttery tart or rich chocolate mousse from the pastry case.

-March, 2008 

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.