Cafe Saint-Ex

On a recent dinning outing with a friend (who had recommended the Grand Prismatic Spring, pictured above--just in case you were wondering the connection), we had trouble choosing between the hip Café Saint-Ex and Love Café, both of which we had yet to try. Café Saint-Ex was closer to where we began our walk, and we were hungry—that’s how we chose.

All food aside, my companion and I agreed that we had the best server ever—she was the perfect combination of friendly, observant, and helpful without being pushy or over-the-top.

As poor early-20’s working/schooling folk, my pal got the cool asparagus soup, while I opted for the PEI mussels. We shared a gigantic order of sweet potato fries—we originally each ordered our own, but Best Server Ever (BSE) informed us that one order would probably suffice just fine, at least for the start. BSE was soooo right, unsurprisingly.

My mussels were pretty good. I’ve had better, but I’ve also had much worse. None of them were that orangey color, which is usually accompanied by an unwelcome aftertaste. The white wine sauce could have been kicked up a notch—I was tempted to go into the kitchen and add a few things (not sure what, I’m just an eater here people). In the end, I wish I had gotten the fried green tomato BLT, so maybe next time.

But the sweet potato fries were divine, and the asparagus soup was delicious. Their selection of beer had a great variety, and BSE was very knowledgeable and able to make suggestions based on our input of likes and dislikes. I ended up with a great fruity white beer that reminded me of Brussels.

It was about $30 per person including tip, we had what I said, and only one beer each. A little steep for us considering it was Tuesday…which explains why our usual place is somewhere happy hour-related! Bottomline, I’ll be returning for that BLT sometime soon, and I’ll probably bring J—he digs fried green tomatoes.

Café Saint-Ex
1847 14th Street, NW
Metro: U St/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo

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