Daniel Boulud Returns to DC with DBGB

I love French food.

So when Daniel Boulud’s casual French-American restaurant DBGB opened last month, I wasted no time in getting a reservation. Chef Boulud spent a few years in DC during the early 80’s. He’s finally returned to open his 15th restaurant.

Displayed on the walls are plates decorated by over 100 chefs, including the likes of Dominique Ansel, April Bloomfield, and Anthony Bourdain (check out a more detailed breakdown of the plates here). They were definitely a highlight of our conversation. We were seated at a table, but I recommend requesting a booth.

Service started out slowly, but the real reason we were there made up from that:


How does one not order wine made just miles away from the chef’s home in France?

Boudin blanc to start (there are several sausages to sample). But when in a Boulud restaurant, go with the traditional presentation.

dc boulud sausage

Breast of duck with horseradish and beets, which were a nice complement.

Now the star of menu: coq au vin with spatzle. French food this good tends to remind one of carnal pleasures. Speaking of which, they even boast a menu item called the Menage à Trois.

coq au vin spatzle boulud dbgb

Before: a solid chocolate dome. This is after hot chocolate sauce was poured over it. Uncovered were profiteroles with rocky road ice cream.

chocolate dome dbgb dc

Grand Marnier Soufflé. Delish, amazingly good.  I still think about it.

gran marnier souffle dbgb

Even with service starting off slow (we were there within first weeks it had opened), I’d go back in a heartbeat for the coq au vin and soufflé.  Welcome back to DC, Chef Boulud!