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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Address: 1609 Sulgrave Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21209
Parking: Street or Valet Thursday to Sunday
Hours: Monday: 11am-9pm
**** Very Good