Bistro d’oc – Family Affair

518 Tenth Street NW

Bistro d’oc is a very quaint venue inside and out. There is something special about this family owned and managed place that I can’t put my finger on. When you approach the entrance the french facade is amplified I think because it’s surrounded by tourist buses and vendors, the antithesis of its surrounding. To enter you walk  past all the action outside, when you enter you feel a calmness that is very inviting. It’s not pretentious or stuffy.

The facade reminds you of a bistro from a small french town and the interior also does a great job of providing the same type of feeling. Almost everything seems very authentic except for the dry erasable board they use to display the daily specials – instead of a chalk board.

Brulé

Brulé

This Bistro has a great location in Penn Quarter which I consider a subset of downtown across from Ford’s theatre. Although they have a great menu you want to stick to the chef’s daily recommendations on the moving board.  We actually went to happy hour here about a block away so I actually didnt have anything to drink but there is a nice bar area – not sure if they have any special happy hour pricing.

So, VH1, TR and I threw back our happy hour drinks as it was getting close to 6pm but we were only a block away from Bisto d’oc. I hadn’t been here in a while and thought it would be a good bet. VH1 agreed as she mentioned that it was on her to-do list. TR was a little shady as halfway thru happy hour she had not arrived and when we called to see where she was she tried to play the ‘sick card’ but we finally shamed her into coming out.

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I did see stairs leading to a second level but not sure if its additional seating. I mention this to say that the main dining area is rather small so I would recommend a reservation as it was pretty full when we arrived at 6pm. I would also recommend this venue for a date.

Our server, although very kind, was a little odd. He was actually timid which may be understandable given the three of us then add a couple of bottles of wine and…well I think you get the picture .

 

Rockfish

Rockfish

VH1 and TR split a bottle of red that they seemed to really enjoy, I’d had enough at happy hour and wanted to walk home so I was good but wished I’d sampled it. For the meal, we went with the board all the way.

VH1 and I both selected the Lamb Brains, and I got a Tomato with Mozzarella and Asparagus starter, Veal and TR got the Rockfish. For dessert I got the Almond Cake and VH1 got the Brulé.

 

Veal

Veal

 

I normally don’t do brains but VH1 does and she said it was actually one of the better dishes she’s had. I enjoyed it as well, very good, delicate. The tomato starter complimented the Lamb very well with a little salt and pepper.

 

The Veal was outstanding. Thick but very tender and now I realize that the server didn’t ask how to prepare it but it arrived just perfect with a side of thick home-made chips. I didn’t have an opportunity to sample the Rockfish but TR mentioned that it was very good. The fish also came with a side of chips. The Rockfish was flaky, thick and meaty .

 

The Almond cake was very good but almost too sweet. I don’t think they have an in-house pastry chef and if true that’s a shame because it would make a very good meal outstanding. This meal was worth every calorie!

Almond Cake

Almond Cake

Call ahead to ask about the daily dinner special and if your like what you hear you may want to arrive before 7pm as 3 items were erased from the board before we left!

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