A special advertising feature of the Alexandria Times
Alexandria is fortunate to have two of the finest and most beloved French restaurants in the Mid-Atlantic thanks to two outstanding French chefs and co-owners, Christophe and Michelle Poteaux. Their two Alexandria dining spots, Bistrot Royal and Bastille, both have menus that highlight the classic and the contemporary, while the brunches have become hot spots in their own right.
Bistrot Royal at 1201 N. Royal St. has a splendid brunch on offer every Sunday. Some of the most popular brunch orders include escargots persillade with snails sauteed in garlic butter and parsley; or assiette de fromages, the house cheese plate. The French onion soup is flavorful, while salad lovers frequently order the salade de betteraves au chevre with roasted beets, lettuces, goat cheese and shallot vinaigrette or the salade de roquette aux agrumes with baby arugula, oranges and spiced pecans.
Meanwhile, just a few blocks away at 606 N. Fayette St., Bastille offers a “best of the best” brunch, in a location that makes diners feel as if they have stepped into a Parisian restaurant. Bastille’s Le Brunch favorites are the Belgian waffle served with two fried eggs and bacon, the hoecakes and shrimp, and the Eggs Benedict. The menu is extensive and simply reading it makes one’s mouth water.
Experience two of the best French brunches on this side of the Atlantic. The delicious cuisine, wine, setting and affordable prices will make this a weekend tradition. Don’t let another weekend go by without trying either Bistrot Royal or Bastille for brunch. It could well be one of the best brunch decisions you make in a long time.
Bistrot Royal serves brunch Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-519-9110 or visit www.bistrotroyal.com. Bastille serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-519-3776 or visit www.bastillerestaurant.com.