While we’re on the subject of food, one of my old standbys used to be Bistrot Lafeyette in Old Town Alexandria. It wasn’t great and certainly never innovative, but a very reliable French bistro serving classic dishes. It also wasn’t high end, the escargot would be from a can, but you’d always get exactly what you expected.
A couple of weeks ago I went back. It had been awhile, because the place had seemed to deteriorate the previous time I was in and I was in no rush to return. And I was really disappointed by what I found.
- No more baguettes, just hard rolls.
- The french onion soup had a piece of white bread on top. White bread.
- The hanger steak with fries used to be one of my favorites, with fries that were just incredible. They changed the sauce on the steak not so much to my liking but the fries were truly inexcusable: they actually served the crisscut fries, limp, that tasted as though they were frozen from the back at the supermarket.
I mentioned this last item to the server who just said “yeah, the fries are different” and that was that. It used to be one of my favorite weekned lunch spots, or a reliable place to pop into after work on a Friday night. Now I doubt I’ll be back.