Thursday, August 2, 2007

Les Moules at Bistro du Coin

Wanted to pass along an idea for dining during the August heat - step inside the spacious and airy Bistro du Coin ("corner bistro") and cool off with a crisp glass of Sancerre or Sauvignon Blanc or perhaps one of the cold Belgian beers on tap, and order one of the varieties of moules, or mussels. If you haven't been, Bistro du Coin is a great go-to spot in that the food is usually very good, the place is almost always crowded and has a very upbeat vibe. When the weather permits, the front glass windows are opened and you really feel like you are in a busy bistro in Europe. I usually pair the mussels with a salad, but there are also heartier meat options - think Steak Frites, Foie Gras, Smoked Duck, Beef or Lamb Stew, Boeuf Bourgignon, Tartines and the like - should you choose to do a bigger meal. I enjoyed the Salade verte au Roquefort, or green salad with Roquefort cheese and walnuts and a slightly creamy house dressing, and went for my favorite of the mussel preparations - Moules au Pistou, or steamed mussels with pesto, prosciutto and French ham. I also had a few of the Moules MariniƩres, or steamed mussels in white wine with onions, shallots, and parsley. They were delicious as well but I really enjoy the pungent pesto and the salty ham with the creamy and tasty bi-valves. You can order any of the mussels dishes in a small or large size. The large size doesn't afford you too many more mussels but you do get a sizeable bowl of deliciously crisp and golden frites. Hope you make time to enjoy the food and vibe at Bistro du Coin sometime soon.

Bistro du Coin
1738 Connecticut Avenue in NW DC

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