They offer traditional French cuisine.

Le Bistro Du Village

Restaurant Review

Le Bistro du Village–Formerly Crepe Du Jour

Mt. Washington, Baltimore, Maryland 

The red awning hung over the bright blue and yellow restaurant front. Flower-tiled patio tables equipped with blue chairs lined the sidewalk in front of the entrance like the sidewalk cafes in Paris.

Zagat and TripAdvisor Ratings

The awards and ratings from Zagat and TripAdvisor that decorated the front door beckoned me.

Le Bistro Du Village specializes in French cuisine.

Le Bistro Du Village offers good food at reasonable prices in a casual atmosphere.

French Country Decor

Inside, the French country rust-toned tablecloths topped with bright red poinsettias created an elegant ambiance. A mirror and framed French photos adorned the walls, and tied back drapes made the room feel like home.

The host seated me at a table where I could gaze out on the quiet street in Mt. Washington, Baltimore, Maryland.

Le Bistro Du Village Menu

The menu offered a variety of authentic French food like boeuf bourguignon and coq au vin, but I opted for crepes.

Le Bistro Du Village in Baltimore, Maryland

Le Bistro Du Village in Baltimore serves a fresh tasting salad.

Salad

I started with a side salad that consisted of young spinach and red leaf lettuce, a pale tomato, and pieces of sliced onion. Crumbled feta and balsamic vinaigrette topped the greens.

The mescaline mix tasted cold, crisp and fresh. The feta and onion added a bite, and the vinegar gave it a tang. The salad was a good start.

Le Bistro Du Village in Baltimore, Maryland

Crepe Paysanne is filled with chicken and vegetables in a cream sauce.

Crepes

I ordered the Crepe Paysanne for my entree. The crepe was dense and darker than I expected and slightly tough. It was folded around a concoction that included chicken, mushrooms, tomatoes, onion, garlic, and prosciutto, blended in a béchamel sauce. The mushrooms were cooked perfectly and had a distinct flavor and consistency, and the bite-size chicken tasted tender. The combination was creamy and savory.

Le Bistro Du Village in Baltimore, Maryland

Bananas and coconut mixed in a chocolate sauce filled this crepe.

I finished with a banana, coconut, and chocolate crepe. The pancake was also a little thicker and browner than expected. I sliced the dough and found coconut and banana in a decadent chocolate sauce. The coconut tasted fresh and crunched slightly in my mouth and mixed well with the banana that seemed perfectly ripe, not too firm and not too soft. It was difficult to not devour the entire dessert.

My Crepe Experience

My mother-in-law had introduced me to crepes, and I have also ordered them in Gustavia, St. Barthelemy; Marigot, Saint Martin; both in the French West Indies; and Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris. Those crepes were thin, lightly browned, and fork-tender. My mother-in-law’s crepes rated with those featured in the French restaurants; though she was Irish Catholic.

Despite my disappointment in the crepes at Le Bistro Du Village, I loved the ingredients inside of them, and I would recommend this lovely neighborhood restaurant.

My meal without tip totaled $28. Prices start at $7 for a salad and range to $29 for entrees. They also provide a wine and cocktail list.

Rating: 3 1/2 stars
Contact: 410-542-9000
Address: 1609 Sulgrave Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21209
Website: https://lebistroduvillage.com
Service: Good
Reservations: Accepted
Parking: Street or Valet Thursday to Sunday
Hours: Monday: 11am-9pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 11am-10pm
Friday: 11am-10:30pm
Saturday: 10am-10:30pm
Sunday: 10am-9pm

*           Poor
**         Satisfactory
***       Good
****     Very Good
*****   Outstanding

Mt. Washington in Baltimore

Visitors head to Mt. Washington in Baltimore, Maryland, to shop in a relaxed atmosphere, attend art workshops, and experience fine food.

Locals and savvy visitors stroll the village and duck in boutiques looking for that must-have. Shopping in this genteel town is like a vacation from the city and busy malls.

Shopping

La Chic Boutique

La Chic Boutique offers consignment clothing and accessories in Mt. Washington in Baltimore, Maryland.

La Chic Boutique
http://www.lachicboutiquemd.com

La Chic Boutique sells consignment clothing and accessories including designer brands.

Something Else                                  https://www.facebook.com/SomethingElseMtWashington

Check out Something Else for uniques styles and accessories for women.

Pasha’s Hammam Herbal Soaps                                   http://www.pashashammamsoaps.com

If you are searching for herbal soaps, oils, cosmetics, shawls, or scarves, Pasha’s is your place.

O’Malley Antiques                                                                               

http://www.omalleyantiques.com
O’Malley’s Antiques sells beautiful antiques dated from the 18th to the 20th century.

O'Malley Antiques in Mt. Washington, Baltimore

O’Malley Antiques can enhance your home with furniture, ceramics, art, metals, accessories, lighting, rugs, mirrors and more.

Art

Art parties are big in this area. Children celebrate their birthdays creating arts and crafts, and adults attend “girls night out” events and bring their chosen beverage.

The studios run art workshops that accommodate the novice to the artisan. These workshops include painting, glass art, hand building with clay, and using the potter’s wheel. Instructors guide students through steps to create one-of-a-kind pieces.

Art Classes

The Painting Workshop                                                                  http://www.thepaintingworkshop.com/location_mw.shtml

The Painting Workshop schedules classes and parties for children and adults.

The Painted Palette in Mt. Washington, Baltimore

The Painted Palette is a studio where students relax and learn to paint.

The Painted Palette                                                      https://www.paintedpalettebaltimore.com

The Painted Palette holds classes for children, but they are billed as “Baltimore’s best venue for art and wine entertainment.”

Baltimore Clayworks                                                          http://www.baltimoreclayworks.org

Baltimore Clayworks teaches design, clay building by hand, and the use of the potter’s wheel.

Amazing Glaze in Mt. Washington, Baltimore

Amazing Glaze is a painting studio in Mt. Washington, Baltimore.

Amazing Glaze
http://www.amazingglaze.net

Amazing Glaze throws pottery painting parties and workshops for children through adults. They teach glass fusing, canvas painting, and mosaics. Adults can bring their own beverage.

Restaurants

Local restaurants serve Chesapeake Bay seafood and multicultural specialties in a casual atmosphere. Foodies can feast on Creole, Japanese, French, and American selections.

The Nickel Taphouse                                                                     http://www.nickeltaphouse.com

The Nickel Tap House in Mt. Washington in Baltimore

The Nickel Taphouse in Mt. Washington features oysters and craft beer.

The Zagat-rated Nickel Taphouse features pub food, craft beers, and oysters.

Mt. Washington Tavern in Baltimore

Mt. Washington Tavern in Baltimore is a locals haven.

The Mt Washington Tavern                                            https://www.mtwashingtontavern.com

The Mt. Washington Tavern serves lunch and dinner, and the bar is a great place to mingle and grab some oysters, a burger, or a salad.

Woodrows Bar-B-Que                                                                     https://www.woodrowsbbq.com

Woodrows Bar-B-Que specializes in Texas barbecue that is hormone and antibiotics free.

Le Bistro Du Village in Mt. Washington

Le Bistro Du Village in Mt. Washington is owned by a family who had lived in Paris.

Le Bistro Du Village                                                                          https://lebistroduvillage.com

Le Bistro Du Village is Zagat rated and family owned. They feature traditional French cuisine.

Ethel’s Creole Kitchen                                                          http://www.ethelscreolekitchen.com

Ethel’s Creole Kitchen creates Chesapeake Bay,  Louisiana Creole, and Cajun concoctions.

Chiyo Sushi: Japanese Restaurant                                                      http://www.chiyosushi.com

Chiyo Sushi offers Japanese specialties like sushi, tempura, and teriyaki.

While in Baltimore, if you have a few hours to spare, take a trip to Mt. Washington. Whether shopping, attending classes, or dining, you will find that the locals make you feel at home.

 

 

 

 

 

Fourth of July Fireworks 2017 and Activities

Whether you are at home or at the Maryland/Delaware beaches, information for 2017 Fourth of July fireworks and activities follow.

Delmarva and  Maryland  Fourth of July 2017 Fireworks 

Maryland

The Ultimate List Of 4th Of July Fireworks Displays In Maryland

Delmarva

http://www.wmdt.com/content/2017-delmarva-fireworks-list/567183971

 Maryland and Delmarva Fourth of July Activities

Maryland

http://www.visitmaryland.org/article/4th-of-july-celebrations

Delmarva

http://www.delmarvanow.com/story/news/local/2017/06/30/4-fun-things-fourth-july-delaware-and-maryland/404879001/

Enjoy your Fourth of July celebration.

Jet Blue Gives Away A Free Roundtrip Flight

Employees at the Jet Blue ticket counter handed passengers purple and green Mardi Gras beads upon check in. Of course we selected purple! Purple iced donuts and coffee were available at the gate. It was a great start.

The vice president of operations for Jet Blue, his wife and 6 1/2-year-old son were on our flight to New Orleans. The vice president said that in the beginning of the season, he told his son that if the Baltimore Ravens made it to the Super Bowl he would take him. He thanked the passengers for flying Jet Blue and said that he wanted to give away a free-round-trip ticket.

He asked the passengers to search their bags and pockets for the oldest penny they had. A passenger with a 1946 penny won the tickets. He took a picture of the passengers on the flight cheering. It has been quite an experience already.

Go Ravens!!!

Safeway in Towson, MD — Not Enough Scheduled Staff

I visited Safeway in Towson at noon today. It is convenient, but I hesitate before shopping in this store, because they don’t seem to schedule enough employees.

One lady sliced meat and cheese behind the deli counter that extended around the corner into the prepared food area.

Safeway in Towson Deli

Safeway in Towson Deli

The deli lady was the high point of my visit because she was efficient and pleasant. As she waited on the customer in front of me, I thought that if someone wanted to place a prepared food order (from the other end of the deli), the customer would have to find an employee to wait on them. I wonder how much business Safeway has lost because their counters are not always staffed.

At the checkout, there was one large-order register, a few self-service and two express lanes open.

No Service at Deli and Hot Food Counter

No Service at Deli and Hot Food Counter

A line formed in the large-order lane and a customer asked a customer service employee if it was possible to open another large-order register. The employee immediately opened a new register, but why didn’t he think of that in the first place?

I don’t understand why Safeway in Towson lacks scheduled employees. When I shop at other Safeway locations or competitive stores, I don’t have this problem. Why is this store different?

What is your experience with grocery store customer service?