Monday, October 6, 2008


L'Enfant, situated on 18th and U Streets NW, in the nexus between Adams Morgan, Dupont, and the U Street corridor is a Parisian café that also has a solid selection of Belgian beers. Not surprisingly, their brunch menu (not online) consists mostly of what you'd find at a casual French café probably on the left bank of Paris. There's a wide selection of crepes -- both savory and sweet -- croissant sandwiches, tartines (open-faced sandwiches), and egg-based dishes. A lot of dishes include gruyere and French ham. They also have exceptional bloody marys. While I have in the past lamented at other establishments' thin bloody marys, those served at L'Enfant are nice and thick. Clearly it is not made from a store-bought mix and they rightly take pride in this brunch libation.

As for the food, we tried the ham and gruyere sandwich on a crossaint and a crepe with ham, cheese and eggs. They were served with potatoes dusted with rosemary and your choice of fruit; we opted for the cantelope. Both dishes were similar and very good. The croissant was buttery and flakey and the crepe was light but not insubstantial. The potatoes, unfortunately, were on the prosaic side and required a substantial amount of condiments, though fortunately they had very good dijon mustard. I have also had the cheese board on a prior occassion and it had a number of very good cheeses such as a soft blue cheese and a harder parmesan, but also had a merely average brie. The fruit and baguette accompanyments were excellent. As for the sweet crepes, I have sampled the Nutella and banana one, which met expectations.

L'Enfant is a particularly good place when the weather is nice. They have a substantial outdoor area right on 18th and U which is always good for people watching. I like the concept and the cuisine that L'Enfant offers. It is recommended.

Contact information after the jump. Continue reading.

Cafe L'Enfant
2000 18th St NW
Washington D.C. 20009
(202) 319-1800

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