The succulent roast chicken, tender and crispy schnitzel, skillet-cooked bratwurst and plates of charcuterie, cheese, olives and pickles at Kafe Leopold can make it difficult to exercise restraint. But one look at this modern European cafe's massive pastry display, and you'll have no problem leaving room for dessert.
Leopold's cuisine has an Austrian focus, but its pastry chef, Luigi Herve, who has been at the cafe for three years, is from France, and his macarons, pralines, Napoleons and hazelnut layer cakes show a skilled hand. But it's not just European plates and sweet stuff that make Leopold a destination. Its tucked-away location in Cady's Alley, just a block south of M Street, offers an oasis of calm and cool in an otherwise manic, shopping-crazed section of town.
--Justin Rude (July 20, 2011)