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Petite Cerise

Petite Cerise

[Washington, DC] Eater teases us with culinary recollections, “That six-Euro jambon-beurre sandwich found on the streets of Paris. Kouign-amann pastries prepared daily in a Brittany bakery. The alchemy of a mother sauce…

“Mt. Vernon Triangle’s anticipated new café-meets-bistro Petite Cerise, from the team behind nearby Mid-Atlantic marvel The Dabney (Chef Jeremiah Langhorne and his business partner Alex Zink), is guided by these ‘little epiphanies,’ as Langhorne calls them, that come with eating in France.”

The Petite Cerise website expands further, “The restaurant and its menus were built to encourage the French way of living and enjoying life, or ‘joie de vivre,’ and welcomes diners to slow down and savor their meal with any-time-of-day dining.”

This sounds like an outstanding idea. Especially in a city like Washington, DC. 

Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch on weekends (now we are in love) each with distinctly different menus (now we want to marry the restaurant) you will find selections like:

  • Salade à la Petite Cerise (endive, bacon, a poached egg, and brioche croutons)
  • Coquilles St. Jacques (scallops with white asparagus and sauce barigoule)
  • Hachis parmentier aux champignons (a “Shepherd’s pie” with mushrooms and spring vegetables)
  • Poisson à la John Haywood (potato-crusted snapper, fennel, bacon, lemon, pearl onion)

We wish we knew the story behind ” à la John Haywood.”

As one might expect, breakfast and brunch menus are filled with baked goods, including breads from Manifest Bread, a stone mill bakery and café in Riverdale Park, Maryland.

The Michelin-honored team opened the sun-drenched café, Petite Cerise, Mar. 14, 2023. Délicieux!


Photo: Scott Suchman

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