Dinner at L'Auberge Chez Francois

chez_francois_2009_plannerLast Saturday I went out to a birthday dinner for my friend Allen at a nice French restaurant in Great Falls, L'Auberge Chez Francois.  The restaurant is an institution in the DC area, but I'd never been there.  It's a formal and pricey restaurant and I'd never had occaision to dine there, but Allen's birthday was the perfect occaision.

The food and atmosphere really do live up to its reputation, and they included a 2009 planner with the dinner which is a nice step above the standard matchbooks.  I had one of the specials, a game plate featuring veal, bison, and quail.  It was worth the $75 price tag.  The lobster bisque was also great.  There's a danger with lobster bisque of making it too rich, but theirs was great.  The chocolate souffle was also wonderful.

I'll definitely have to go back, although at over $100 a plate it probably won't be all that often.  Still, it's a great place to celebrate a special occaision.  Their web site could use some improvement.  I wonder if they'd be interested in having Communications Tool & Die help them out.