In Praise of Le Pichet
Had my first breakfast here in a long time with Wahine today.
Dang, this place is good. Hits just the right note for me, quality and atmo-wise. I'm not Francophile enough to completely understand the offerings, but the honesty and attention to detail impress le merde out of me. A really good breakfast for two, with coffee, for <$20.
So what do the more-sais qua CHs recommend here for B-L-D?
I love the chicken liver terrine at lunch. It is pure addiction. I also like the very simple, very French broiled eggs with ham and gruyere. I completely agree that the cozy atmosphere is perfect, especially on a gray morning like today.
Amen, brother. Never had anything bad there. I agree with bourbongal, the chicken liver is the smoothest creamiest liver terrine you will ever eat. I usually tend to gravitate towards the very interesting salads and smaller plates.
be aware that the make their own superb croissants but in such limited quantities that i have known them to be sold out 20 minutes after the doors open - but the housemade brioche nearly compensates....
We go to Cafe Presse as Capitol Hill is more our haunt...
I am in love with the rillettes du Porc. That delicate hint of allspice, a little texture. I can never NOT order that when we go, which is every few weeks.
Also a sucker for the salad Verte as well. Simple, clean, perfect! Currently the sardine salad is lovely (menu changes quarterly). When occasionally we lunch there, BF is a shoe-in for the croque monsieur.
I need to order that raclette before it leaves in spring. Saw it at a next door table a couple weeks ago, and it looked delish!
I was addicted to Presse when it opened (helps it's very close to my house) but I feel like it has gone very downhill recently. I went a month ago and got steak frites that were basically inedible the meat was so stringy and gross. My wife also had a bad french onion soup -- is that even possible? This was just the worst of a couple of unsatisfying visits. Is my experience isolated or have others seen this? I want my old Presse back! (but with fewer people so I don't have to wait)
"My wife also had a bad french onion soup -- is that even possible?"
I think the question is: "Is a good French onion soup even possible?" See a pretty crazy discussion here:
I happened on this old thread today by chance. I couldn't resist replying with the link above. (I remembered it because I started it.)