I love this place and visit often. It's like eating in your grandmother's kitchen. Absolutely nothing matches and everything looks like it came from a thrift store long ago, but that's part of the charm. I love watching the chef (wearing a flowered dress, an old apron and a hair net) roll out a pie crust with a rolling pin on an old table, put fresh blackberries in it, fold the crust over and brush it with butter and a perfectly bubbling Galette come out of the old oven.
There's a chalkboard with the daily menu posted. The tableware, tea and water are all self-serve. You tell the person behind the counter what you'd like eat. I always get a sampler which is a small amount of everything. I've found that even if I don't like beets or whatever, I might try their dish and actually like it. I love that they ask you to take what you think you can actually eat, but no more and you can always go back for seconds. My experience is that seconds are rarely needed, even though the portions are considered "small" by typical restaurant standards. To me, the trade off is great tasting, healthy, authentic and locally grown food without preservatives, processing or a microwave involved in making it.
Every person that I've taken to this place has loved it, with many of them now being regulars. Even the pickiest of them love it. Most just wish it wasn't in Arlington, because they can't get there often enough. It's not a place you'd take children of any age if they are very picky or teenagers that eat huge amounts of food. I have seen families there quite a bit, but could tell that the kids were used to it.
Lastly, take a bottle of wine, share it with the group at the table next to you and enjoy the meal along with an occasional live artist. Love it!
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