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.
Washington, D.C.› Restaurant
Le Bon Café
210 2nd St. SE (at Pennsylvania Ave. SE)
Our Rating Neighborhood Captiol Hill & Barracks Row Hours Mon–Fri 7am–3pm; Sat 8am–3pm; Sun 8:30am–2pm Transportation Metro: Capitol South Phone 202/547-7200 Prices Breakfast items $2.75–$8; salads/sandwiches/soups $7–$9.35 Cuisine Type American/Cafe Web site Le Bon Café