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Bastille’s Comfy, Cozy Cousin: Bistrot Royal


When longtime Alexandria restaurant Bastille relocated across town, it created an opportunity for its more casual cousin to butt in, and Bistrot Royal was born. It’s still in the hands of Michelle and Christophe Poteaux, but has a different feel. The menu at the Royal Street restaurant is now classic French comfort food: French onion soup, beef Bourguignon, duck confit and “poulet chasseur,” which we snapped. Don't worry though, when the humidity hits, the menu will go on a summer diet. Also new: an expanded wine list curated by the talented Michael Williams and a 15% off deal when you dine at the bar for lunch or dinner.