Just about every time I drive along MacArthur Boulevard and pass Et Voila restaurant I am curious about the place. Today, spotting an empty parking space, I stopped and went in for lunch. It was a pleasure. Because of its Belgian roots I ordered the steamed mussels in broth, with French fries and a green salad, but there were many other tempting dishes on the menu. The fries were probably the best I've had in Washington. Dessert was pear tart with beer ice cream. Yes, beer ice cream. Yum.
It's a narrow and compact restaurant, but therefore cozy. It has four or five seats at the bar, where I sat. Good wines by the glass -- I had the '09 Chablis -- and an extensive beer menu, as is appropriate for a Belgian bistro. There are two tables outside.
Here are some more photos from lunch at Et Voila:
Here's more good news: Et Voila is open every day. The location is 5120 MacArthur Boulevard. The phone is 202.237.2300. The website is here.