Casual but charming café

Located in the old Helms Bakery Building on Washington Boulevard, this stylish French bistro offers up a menu of decent café fare. The escargot is particularly wonderful, served without shells in garlic butter so hot it sizzles. Perennial French favorites such as Quiche Lorraine, Ratatouille and Duck with Cream Sauce are always good, though not always available. The décor is chic and stylish with cement walls, dark and light touches of wood and modern-art light fixtures. Service can sometimes be erratic, but the locals who frequent this popular bistro just smile and say, “C’est la vie.”