Room for Dessert?

It’s hard to find a quiet spot this time of year. Everyone is so harried, running from party to get-together to mall to post office to airport. Not to mention entertaining out-of-town guests. Craziness usually ensues.

So it was a great pleasure to come across Bistro D’Oc Friday night. It’s a little French oasis downtown, located on the usually dead-but-for-school-groups block opposite Ford’s Theatre. Specializing in the regional food of the Languedoc of southern France, it’s the sort of place that lists daily specials on a blackboard, decorated in an eclectic homey style with orange smeared walls and a tin-pressed ceiling.

We wandered in around 9:30pm, on the off-chance that it would have desserts yummy enough to please a visiting friend from Rome (where do you take a guy who lives in a culinary nirvana??). It was the perfect nightcap – I had an almond brioche bread pudding, not too dense with just the right amount of almonds. My husband had a delicate fruit claufoutis, and the look of sublime contentment on the face of another friend digging into his triple chocolate ecstasy whatever-you-call-it was priceless. Of course our Roman visitor had tasted better crepes suzette in his day, but you can’t win all the time.

Perusing the dinner menu we kicked ourselves for not coming earlier. I think it’s just the ticket for a romantic winter date…

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

As one of the founding editors of We Love DC, Jenn’s passions are theater and cocktails. After two decades in the city, she’s loved every quirky, mundane, elegant, rude minute of her DC life. A proud advocate for DC’s talented drinks scene, she’s judged the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s ARTINI contest, the DC Rickey Month contest, the Jefferson Hotel’s Quill Cocktail competition, and is a founding member of LUPEC DC. A graduate of Catholic University’s drama program, she toured the country as a member of National Players, and has been both an actor and a costume designer before jumping the aisle to theater criticism. Writing for We Love DC restored her happiness after a life-threatening illness, and she’s grateful to you, dear readers. Send your suggestions to jenn (at) welovedc (dot) com and follow her on Twitter.

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