Le Bon Café comes by its French spirit honestly: Owner Sandra McCluskey worked in the kitchen of Le Bellecour, a Michelin star restaurant in Paris. She loves all things French and her menu reflects that: croque monsieur, quiche, croissants, tuna provencale salad, and salmon nicoise are among the choices. But you’ll also find not-so-French items, like a Southwest chicken wrap and curried turkey. I love all things French, too, and I can vouch for the tastiness of Le Bon Café’s offerings,all great value for the price. The café is conveniently located right behind the Madison Building of the Library of Congress, a short walk from the Capitol. Look for the blue-and-white striped awning shading a cluster of round tables outside. Inside are about eight marble-topped bistro tables and, usually, a line of Hill staffers and locals from the neighborhood waiting to place their orders.
- Elise Hartman Ford