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Everyone loves this time of year when hearty dishes appear, crafted with dark greens and root vegetables; the time of year when we want dinner to feel like a warmly-wrapped blanket.  For a French-inspired meal that will bring to you all of the wonderful flavors of the season, head to Café Dupont—tucked inside the Dupont Circle Hotel, just off the northeast side of the circle.

Executive Chef, David Fritsche, has created a winter menu that will appeal to those robust cravings you’ve been having, and will leave you feeling ready to cozy up next to the fire. Start with an earthy wild mushroom agnolotii ($13) with homemade pasta, charred leek, tarragon, and Parmesan foam, or really shed the winter chill with a rich, creamy butternut squash soup with brussel sprouts and coconut ($9).

An entrée that’s filling yet not too heavy is the Muscovy duck ($27), a beautiful plate of crispy duck breast, baby turnips, salsify and dates. Or, if you’re really in the mood to indulge, go for the Creekstone Farm beef Rossini ($31) a steak dish with seared Hudson Valley foie gras and wilted spinach.

The many inventive desserts ($9/ea) are new, like cornbread covered with roasted plums, lemongrass ice cream, moonshine and corn puree, and plum coulis or, as a bonus, if you are really invested in savoring the season, stick to something nostalgic and delicious like warm cookies with milk.

Photo courtesy of Café Dupont.

Café Dupont
1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 797-0169