I am in complete disagreement – and angered by his impudence – with Tom Sietsema's review of Le Vieux Logis (Bethesda, MD) in the Washington Post. I lived in Bethesda for six years and visited Dianna several times each month, sometimes twice a week. I prefer not to cook, instead venturing into Bethesda, enjoying familiar dishes and trying new fare. Some are delicious, others are not. But, of all the restaurants in Bethesda (some say over 220), I return time and time again to Le Vieux Logis. Why do I cherish this restaurant so much? Let me lay it out for you.
When I call for a reservation – and I have a tendency to call an hour beforehand – not only does Diana recognize me over the phone, she has always ensured a table was set for me (in a corner, my preference) even if it meant shuffling other tables around to accommodate my request. Upon entering the restaurant, Diana and her staff greet me with big smiles and seat me almost immediately. At the table, the bottle of wine that Diana knows I will order is already waiting for me, breathing. After sitting down, Diana, Sara or Ruby come over with the evening’s complimentary mini-appetizer. My favorite is the jalapeño peppers stuffed with goat cheese. Diana doesn’t have to do this with any of her customers, but it’s always the little things that make the difference. I always start dinner with the escargot. I’ve eaten escargot at several French restaurants – much to the dismay of my stomach. To this day, none have tasted better than at Le Vieux Logis. The snails are tender (don’t knock it till you try it), the garlic & parsley butter au jus is delicious, the bread-rounds… I’m hungry thinking about it!
Dinner has many options to select from; I tend to order the special: three petite filet mignons, each with their own savory sauce. They’ve always been tender and perfectly cooked (medium rare for me). The filets come with delicious, whipped potatoes and a medley of well-seasoned vegetables. All together, the meal is exquisite. After dinner, Diana is quick to offer complimentary drinks, of which I always ask for Grand Marnier. As I sit and enjoy my after-dinner drink, Diana, Sara or Ruby stop by to ask how things are and make sure the evening was enjoyable. They have never disappointed.
Most recently, I informed Diana that I had moved to Capitol Hill though I promised to continue to come back to Bethesda just for dinner, which is exactly what I plan to do tonight. I’ve already called and made my reservation! Why drive back to Bethesda from downtown DC? Because I miss the engagement; the niceties; the little things; the friendliness offered at Le Vieux Logis, things lacking in today’s boutique and chain restaurants.
At the end of the day, it’s a warm place where – though I recognize I’m not special by any sense – I at least feel special. And to me, that's why I return, time and time again.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.