Well, I guess that it had to happen. My favorite French restaurant in DC, Le Paradou, is now gone. Maybe it's a sign of the times, or something else.
We get to DC maybe 3-4 times per year, depending on what healthcare issue is on the table. Over the years, I'd dined there maybe 10 times. Each experience was great to excellent. For the first half-dozen times, I dined alone, as my wife had meetings and dinners with various "mover-n-shakers." On the first trip there, that she was able to join me, the entire staff lined up to greet her. The server, the sommelier and the chef all came out to meet my wife! Each did a wonderful job that night, and for the next several visits. She'd heard me rave about Le Paradou so many times, that she was excited to finally make it there. After that first visit, she became convinced that this would be her favorite French restaurant in DC (actually, her favorite restaurant in DC), and we dined there on every trip. Sometimes, we'd have guests, and sometimes we'd have an intimate dinner, just the two of us. All very good.
I've done reviews of many visits, both with my wife, and solo. Now, they are gone.
We did a couple of other favorites, but none seemed to be on their game. Maybe it was the season, or the weather - or my sense of loss.
It did seem that a few more Morton's had opened, since we were last there. Maybe that is what the culinary landscape is coming to?
Just a lament for a wonderful restaurant. I hope that some chef can step up, and fill those shoes. Le Paradou - RIP.