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Crepes Parfait truck

Danielle Boudreaux

We attended L’Enfant Café’s Bastille Day Block party at 2000 18th St. NW. Let me set the scene…it was swelteringly hot and humid, with a crowd to rival Mardi Gras day in the French Quarter, crammed into one city block.The heat and the ever growing crowd did not stop folks from congregating at this outdoor event that included such things as a French Maid relay race, can-can dancers, a burlesque show and a special appearance by King Louis XVI! Not to mention unlimited access to three popular DC food trucks and a couple of keg trucks full of beer.

The event went on all day from 3-11 pm. So, our strategy was to show up in time to catch the maid’s race which I’ve been told can be a real hoot, and I wanted to check out the burlesque show later in the afternoon.

Can-Can Dancers

Can-Can Dancers

By the time we got there, the crowd had already been filling in for a couple of hours and so it was standing-room only near the stage and race, but I got as close as I could to the maid’s race and also caught sight of a few can-can dancers.

King Louis
King Louis and a French Maid

Like any dedicated foodie, the highlight of the event for me was access to a few popular DC Food Trucks: Crepes Parfait, Rito Loco and DC Slices, alongside two keg-trucks with ample Stella Artois in many varieties.

Lemon and Butter Crepe
Lemon and Butter Crepe

At Crepes Parfait, I decided to get the lemon and butter crepe; it was sensational! It was light and crispy at the edges, chewy, light and airy. I really enjoyed it, and it was a perfect accompaniment to my Stella Artois Cidre.

We moved on to Rito Loco where we tried the Rib Rito–twice-pulled rib meat with four cheeses and pico de gallo. That too was awesome with tender, melt in your mouth pork and fresh cheese and pico.

Stella Artois Cidre, flowing 'freely' at $7 a pop...

Stella Artois Cidre, flowing ‘freely’ at $7 a pop…

L’Enfant Café and Bar
2000 18th St NW Washington DC 20009
(202) 319-1800