Rant or Rave: Chez Billy Sud, Georgetown

Rant or Rave: Chez Billy Sud, Georgetown

Rant or Rave: Chez Billy Sud, Georgetown

Chez Billy Sud, Georgetown

I came here unexpectedly with a friend. We just concluded an early evening kayaking excursion on the Potomac River and she suggested that we grab a light bite to eat. Since we were already in Georgetown, she wanted to check out Chez Billy Sud because she used to work at the original location in Petworth. She’s also a big fan of the food.

We shared a total of four courses. The first course was the house pate followed by the tomato salad, then the pan-roasted trout, and ended with the white cheese panna cotta.

My knowledge of Chez Billy Sud, Georgetown was limited so I came in without any expectations but even if I did, it wouldn’t have mattered in all honesty. My dining experience here was a delight from start to finish.

Rave: Tomato, Basil, and Goat Cheese Salad

Rant or Rave: Chez Billy Sud, Georgetown

Fresh Tomato Salad

This was my favorite dish among all that I tried that night. When our server set it down, there were no doubts in my mind that it will be fantastic. The combination of heirloom and grape tomatoes emanated sweet scents that confirmed their freshness. The accompanying French feta cheese was light to the taste but was necessary to contrast the sweetness of the fruit. A single serving will be enough for a main course, particularly for a vegetarian, but this entree was definitely made for sharing.

Rave: Pan-Roasted Trout

Rant or Rave: Chez Billy Sud, Georgetown

Pan Roasted Trout

This absolutely enjoyable fish dish was exclusive to Chez Billy Sud and is a must try for anyone dining here. Chef Brendan L’Etoile is a seafood specialist, at least according to my friend and dinner companion, and he definitely proved that with this entrée. The fileted fish was served with a crispy, golden brown skin, topped with capers, fingerling potatoes and steamed carrots that were cooked just right. It was accompanied by a light lemon-butter sauce and fennel puree. I won’t even think twice about ordering this again.

I don’t really have anything to rant about my entire experience at Chez Billy Sud, Georgetown. The location is quaint, tucked in between buildings that house small businesses and luxurious hotels. The service was attentive and friendly, though I reckon my friend knowing some of the staff helped greatly. Finally, the prices for entrées and main dishes are fairly reasonable as well.

I met the manager of the restaurant and he mentioned that there were discussions regarding expanding the restaurant. If it does happen, let’s hope the expansion doesn’t take away the quaint and intimate ambiance.

Chez Billy Sud, Georgetown

Address: 1039 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Hours: Sunday, Tuesday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5 to 10 p.m., Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5 to 11 p.m.

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