So, I am starting to get familiar with the Mt. Vernon area since my former roommate, friend, and fellow food snob moved to Baltimore. Her hubby works in Mt. Vernon. So last weekend I popped up to her ‘hood for a wine tasting at the Engineers Club and then a little dinner at Marie Louise Bistro . A little place she thought I might like. She was right as usual, as we clearly have similar tastes! To get the full feel without stuffing ourselves we split a salad, entrée, and dessert, not an issue at all for our waitress, who was just fast enough and kept up with a busy restaurant. Oh, we did not split our glass of wine!
So up first was the Salad Nicoise . I have actually been to Nice and gorged myself on variations of this salad about 7 years ago. And, to be honest, I have not had a good one since, even with many attempts, but this one rocked. Nice chunk of perfectly seared Ahi, very green green beans, adorable and perfectly cooked potatoes, a little egg, red pepper,and olives, but I let my friend eat those. All just perfect, but what brought it all together was a fabulous dressing. I am surprised they don’t sell it if they make it on site because it was yummy.
We then split the Grilled French Toulouse Sausage . It was mild, but had great flavors of pork, smoked bacon, wine, and garlic served over lentils with a parsley puree. The menu says grilled Baguette but I don’t remember the baguette. The lentils were perfectly cooked, tasted like they used some red wine in that process and the parsley pesto made a flavor combo that would excite any taste bud. They added a few of these tiny potatoes in with the lentils as well. A perfect bite was the piece of sausage, potato, and lentil smushed in the vibrant green pesto.
Really delicious all around! My friend Is a huge Pots De Crème fan–well, so am I; and Marie Louise Bistro had a seasonal caramel one. It was just enough sweet to finish off the evening. They served it with what I can only describe as crunchy chocolate covered rice crisps. My preference would have been a little layer of chocolate ganache, but that’s just me, a fan of caramel and chocolate combined. It was delicious as is.
They keep it delicious and affordable at Marie Louise Bistro. It even feels a bit like you are in Europe and not just off Charles St. Staff was great as well which makes the whole experience worth it. I will be back many times me thinks!