-- I have been going to Praline Bistro at least five days a week, sometimes both lunch and dinner, since last June 2011, a little over ten months now, with no end in sight. My family and I had eaten at Praline's over the past few years, and I usually opted for French onion soup, the Praline salad, or perfectly cooked shrimp over greens. Not too adventurous. Then came June 2011 and my almost, and sometimes daily, eleven mile pilgrimage from Alexandria, VA for Executive Chef Gautrois' crab cake, crab salad, soft shell crabs, and something I call the tomato jewel. The Chef is a magician. The food is innovative, beautifully presented and is consistently delicious. I have discovered and love rockfish, rainbow trout, cod, mussels, bok choy, Brussels Sprouts, yes, I said Brussels Sprouts, and cauliflower, yes, I know. Delicious. The soups are velvety goodness -- I especially enjoy Jerusalem Artichoke, mushroom, pea, lentil, gazpacho -- all of them. You can get either a bowl or a cup. It is a French restaurant with a French Executive Chef, and a very good French patronage (including recognizable French chefs). I mention this to list some of the French specials that sell out quickly, but not to me: Frommage de Tete (head cheese), veal kidneys, rabbit, duck leg confit, foie gras terrine, baked mussels provencale, calf liver Lyonnaise and Bouillabaisse Marseillaise. Pork belly is something I tried, nooooooooo. In ten months, that's not bad. There are those who love it. On the dinner menu there can be Côte de Boeuf, prime rib, or rack of lamb if I'm lucky. Everything I've listed is from the specials side of the menu. If the specials are too adventurous/French for me, the right side of the menu always offers a wonderful chicken sandwich with salad, various salads, including the aforementioned Praline salad, greens, poached pears, blue cheese and yummy carmalized pecans, a chicken pot pie, and seared salmon over ratatouille. For dessert lovers, everything comes from the bakery downstairs, so, fresh, fresh, fresh. Also, weekdays there is a dessert of the day for $5.00, so double treat. The waiters, waitresses and busboys are excellent , friendly, attentive and always willing to please , in 10 months maybe there have been 4 snafus. Mardo makes the best capuccino this side of Barcelona. Now on a very serious note, photo cameras. MacArthur Blvd, Massachusetts Ave, and Canal Road all take their posted speeds seriously. Praline Bakery and Bistro is listed as Bethesda but it is located in Sangamore Shopping Center, PLENTY of free parking. I would be remiss If I didn't mention Madame Moulton's many hats, my favorite being the exquisite patio flower-filled garden off the dining room that is just beginning to take shape and grows to a pleasurable summer retreat. I could have just said it's gorgeous and tastes so very good.
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