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Posted by Jennifer Q.B. on 11/20/2014
We liked everything about this place! The waiters were friendly and timely, the room was comfortably warm (bitter cold out last night), no loud music blaring so you could have conversation, the prices were appropriate, and the food was delicious! The menu is country French and the choices were many. As we were celebrating a birthday we went a bit overboard and ordered three different starters and three entrees, thus I think we can vouch for the quality on several fronts (plus we get to enjoy some terrific leftovers). For starters we had the Chicken liver parfait, lamb brain pan seared, and foie gras all were delicious with generous portions. Entrées were confit of duck, veal kidney's pan-seared with a killer djonnaise mushroom sauce, and a hearty traditional cassoulet. Meats were tender and succulent, vegetables were cooked perfectly (nothing overdone) and as before, generous portions. Real French food without the long flight! Needless to say, we'll be back!
Posted by Michael on 05/07/2007
I've been to "the bistro" many times because the choices are constantly kept new and exciting with daily specials that gradually change with the seasons as well as the consistently great main menu. In the neighborhood of Ford's theatre and the FBI building, I did not expect to find such a traditional Languedoc restaurant that takes its food so seriously rather than cater to mass tourism. Just about everything is delicious, so it is hard to focus on a few dishes. The escargot in pastis butter are phenomenal. After eating these with a glass of ricard, I have had a hard time stomaching escargot in other comparably priced restaraunts. The seafood risotto was not like the italian risotto I expected but a more east asian fried rice dish of a quality beyond what I had anticipated. The duck breast is perfectly complimented with cassis sauce and sweet potatoes as the lamb is with panache of string and flagolet beans in garlic butter. Gaspacho and vichysoise are specials that cool you down and leave you ready for the grilled tuna on ratatouille in the summer. The Langedoc wines are reasonably priced and of a vast range of styles from simple and mostly dry to the most elegant of French reds. The atmospere is casual and the service is informal. The wait staff is rather knowledgeable about the food and wine. Don't be afraid to venture out and you will have a great dining experience at Bistro d'Oc