Fairfax / French / $$$
In the United States, we see French food as fancy, something worth putting on high-heeled shoes for. In France, it’s just food. And so it is at Parc de Ville.
Unabashedly casual, the Mosaic District bistro has attentive service and a room that will keep your eyes occupied, but it’s really all about the food. Whether it’s an enviable burger, a shareable appetizer or a chocolate mousse that you wouldn’t dream of sharing, the cuisine speaks for itself. It’s comforting, satisfying and, yes, as perfectly casual as it is French.
See This: Blue banquettes line the tall windows at this bright bistro. From there, watch Mosaic shoppers pass by, or spy on what the kitchen is cooking up.
Eat This: Salade frisée, steak frites, mousse au chocolat
When to Visit: Nothing but French fare will satisfy you, but you don’t feel like dressing up.