I have to be honest. On my recent DC layover I’d had a trying day. I was wind blown and exhausted from walking and walking to see the cherry blossoms . . . miles, it seemed, out of the way, due to street closures, all the while fighting crowds of people due to the annual White House Easter Egg Roll taking place. Throw in a shooting outside the Capitol building and I was more than ready for a relaxing and delicious dinner! Needless to say, I was more than slightly disappointed when I discovered the restaurant I was looking forward to eating was closed on Mondays. Uh huh. Okay, I always have a backup, and it was when I was heading there, that I stumbled, literally, upon Chez Billy Sud.
As soon as I saw the adorable exterior, and took a look at the menu, I knew it was going to be perfect for me. It’s a cozy French bistro full of character, great drinks, wonderful wines and absolutely amazing food. Impeccable service, too!
I started with a cocktail from the very nice hand crafted cocktail list, the Armagnac Old Fashioned – Armagnac (brandy), Floc de Gascogne (a French fortified apertif wine) and Bitters. Sheer perfection. Along with that, a warm French baguette and soft, whipped butter, simple, fresh and sheer perfection, as well.
I chose the Aux Carottes glacee – chilled carrot soup perfumed with ginger, cardamom, yogurt and mint as my first course, followed by the Truite Grenobloise – sauteed trout, fennel puree, fingerling potatoes and baby carrots in a lemon-caper brown butter. The soup was so beautiful to look at, truly a work of art. It was equally as delicious. Same goes for the trout. Absolutely delicious.
I passed on dessert this time, but will make it a point to indulge during my next visit with Crepes Suzette!
Chez Billy Sud is truly a hidden gem. I cannot wait to go back. They are located in Georgetown at 1039 31st Street NW.