The eclectic, cozy Le Grenier, which means “the attic,” in French, is owners' Sam and Marie Ziar’s second venture in the DC area. Their first is the ever-popular classic French bistro Le Chat Noir, which is one of Tenleytown’s most charming dining options. Le Grenier has a similar charm, and the food is certainly on par.
Open for lunch, dinner, and brunch, the menu includes classic French dishes. Their salads are fresh, flavorful, and far from generic. Try the Salade Josephine, with poached apricots and hazelnuts, or the Salade Paysanne with beets, lentils, and an earthy roasted eggplant vinaigrette. Even their house salad is a pleasure to eat, with leafy greens tossed in a spicy Dijon dressing.
Crepes, or galettes, as they are called in French, are the specialty of both Le Grenier and Le Chat Noir. The Forestiere, with mushrooms and a creamy sauce, is one of the more decadent ones, while the Crepe de Berger, with butternut squash is a bit lighter. Other great items on the menu include the Tartelette de Mamie, where puffed pastry is filled with Camembert cheese, crunchy walnuts, and caramelized apples. The restaurant also features a variety of French cheeses; their 3 or 5 cheese plate is a great way to start or end your meal.
For brunch, take advantage of their two course special, which is available $18.95 and comes with a glass of Champagne or a mimosa. Choose from a handful of main courses such as eggs benedict or a fine herb omelet. Their scrambled eggs are a great option: creamy and soft, and accompanied by a heap of frites.
Which leads to the following advice: No matter when you dine at Le Grenier, you must order their perfect, crunchy frites, you must have a glass of champagne, and you must order dessert (preferably one of their sweet crepes.)
Perfect for dinner with friends, family, or a loved one, dining at Le Grenier is truly a Parisian experience: you will linger over your meal, while enjoying wine and cheese and all the best things French culture has to offer. Between the waiter with the cute French accent, the charming French music in the background, and the decadent French food before you, you might actually convince yourself you are on a little vacation to the city of lights.
Le Grenier, 502 H Street Northeast Washington DC 20002, 202-544-4999