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!