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Delightful outdoor lunch at Cafe La Ruche - a bit long

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Delightful outdoor lunch at Cafe La Ruche - a bit long

foodiejudy | Apr 7, 2005 09:48 PM

A friend of mine and I decided to take advantage of yesterday's gorgeous warm and sunny weather and dine outdoors near his office in Georgetown. We chose Cafe La Ruche on 31st St. right off of M St. because we'd had good food there in the past on their pleasant, European-feeling patio. We were glad we chose it again. Two nice, fresh, crusty baguettes began the meal and my companion ordered a kir (white wine mixed with creme de cassis or currant liquer), a very nicely balanced one, and I had good, ole plain water. We each ordered the Troute Meuniere, a nice sized filet of trout sauteed in a light sauce of lemon, garlic and capers with sauteed mushrooms on top and accompanied by a delicious ratatouille of eggplant and tomatoes. We were too full for dessert (though their desserts, in a case as you walk through the indoor section of the restaurant, look heavenly) but I ordered coffee which tasted strong enough but not too. The prices at Cafe La Ruche are moderate (the trout was $10.95 and well worth it). My only quibbles were that, because the cafe seemed understaffed, it took awhile to get certain things, like extra lemon wedges and olive oil for the bread, and that, because the waitress claimed that they had only two flasks of olive oil to offer all of the diners, I could only use a spare amount before the oil was whisked away to another table. This restaurant is most appealing in good weather because the inside of the restaurant seems a bit dark and spare.

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