Yesterday I was treated to dinner at my favorite restaurant, Cafe Deluxe. In a city filled with 5 star restaurants, why is this my favorite? I know it mystifies my family, but I can tell you in one word: French.
From the moment you walk into Cafe Deluxe on Wisconsin Avenue, you feel like you've been transported to a bistro or brasserie in Paris.
Part of it is the decor: the large mirrors, the square tables covered in white tablecloths, the café chairs. Then there are the waiters, all in white shirts and black trousers, with their crisp white bistro aprons. Of course there is the food, though it's not exclusively French. And, it is a neighborhood restaurant with lots of families having dinner and lots of chatter.
There is no pretense at Cafe Deluxe, no menu offerings with ingredients you don't recognize, no kitschy French decor. Just ambience that is full of energy and happiness, everyone enjoying themselves.
J'adore Cafe Deluxe!