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Neighborhood: NW Washington
Cuisine: French
Price: $$ ($15-$24)
Sound check: 82 decibels (Extremely loud)
Petworth’s Chez Billy cooks with a convincing French accent. Here’s the place to go when you’ve got an omelet, beef daube (pictured), roast chicken or pot de creme on your mind.
Our Review

2012 Fall Dining Guide
By Tom Sietsema
Washington Post Magazine
Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012

Of all the watering holes opened by brothers Eric and Ian Hilton over the years, Chez Billy is the one I find myself grazing in most often. Unlike its siblings, clustered around the U Street corridor, Chez Billy graces restaurant-barren Petworth, and unlike the rest of its tribe, the youthful bistro cooks with a convincing French accent. Here's the place to go when you've got an omelet, beef daube, roast chicken or pot de creme on your mind. Each dish sounds simple, but each also exhibits attention to detail; those beef cheeks are sparked with star anise and orange zest, and that chicken is framed with a wedge of potatoes Anna. I prefer to sup in the dark and cozy dining room off the bar and climb the stairs for a drink and prime people-watching. The bonus on Friday and Saturday: a live jazz trio.

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