I’ve found the little gem of my town. Though I’d love to give their people some marketing advice… like a better website and a menu without the fancy font…
Anyhoo, situated in a remote corner of old town Leesburg is a quaint, wonderful little restaurant called the Eiffel Tower Café. It was rated 4 stars on Yelp!, so I decided to give it a go, even though it had only been reviewed by five people. Risky move, but I’m so glad I tried it. My impressions, in order:
1. What a lame name.
2. Uh, it’s THAT small?! (It was a small, and I mean teeny-tiny, white building that looks like it was built in the 18th century, which it probably was).
3. … Where’s the entrance? (I walked up to a door, which was not really a door, and then I saw the menu, and then I went in that direction… and found the door.)
The decor inside was really, really, really cute. There were framed photos and paintings of France on the walls, along with the most adorable miniature pots and tiny porcelain plates with pictures on them. :) “European” was my dad’s comment, though I can’t affirm nor deny that since I’ve never been to Europe. The two servers were definitely European, though—one spoke French (and was heard conversing in pretty French with an old lady), and one had a British accent! She had just flown back from London the day before, apparently. I looove me some British accents <3 It was so cozy and completely empty when we went inside, so it was, predictably, very, very quiet.
I’m sorry I forgot to take a picture of the delicious innards to show you guys. :/ I was pretty self-conscious about taking pictures—I mean, since no one else was there, I didn’t want to look like a weirdo/tourist taking too many pictures! :P I’ll be sure to next time, though, so the adorableness can be seen x)
To start, we were served some lovely, fresh, warm French baguette. Oh my Lord, this was so. good. Perfectly crunchy crumb, followed immediately by a doughy white interior. Just plain breadiness. I love, love, love breads like this. And get this—when I asked to bag the leftover pieces, they gave me a whole new baguette wrapped in foil! How nice is that?!
The menu was small, as can be seen by the website, but there were a lot of specials—at least four each for appetizers and entrées. There was a tilapia dish with parmesan risotto that sounded really good, but I opted for the seafood crêpe (la crêpe du jour), which was filled with sea bass and shrimp:
Nomnomnom. I ate the whole thing. I don’t know what exactly was in the sauce that was poured on top (cream, probably), but it invoked major drooling. This was the best crêpe that I’ve ever had. Granted, I’ve only had one other crêpe before, but this blows that first one out of the water by a long shot. The sea bass and shrimp were perfectly seasoned and not overly salty (unlike *cough*); fishy in a good way, if that makes sense at all. The filling would’ve tasted amazing by itself, but being wrapped in a golden, lightly sweet, charred-edge crêpe took the delicious factor to a whole ‘nother level. Oh… and the vegetables were still slightly crunchy, not limp and lifeless! :)
My dad also ordered a special, the pan-seared calimari:
Pan-seared calimari + thin tomato sauce, sauteed spinach, couscous.
And you’d be crazy if you thought I didn’t have at least a bite or five of this. ;) (don’t worry, we traded :P) YUMYUMYUM. Squid is one of the extremely chewy foods that I really enjoy, and the tomato sauce was light and did not resemble the dreaded marinara sauce in the least. This was my first time trying couscous, too, and I give it a thumbs-up :) They’re like cute little spheres of joy!
My dad liked this place, and that’s very rare—he’s tolerant of a lot of different types of food, but rarely does he actually like a restaurant/food, especially Western food! And the price, at least for lunch, was just right. Our dishes were $11-$12, and they even had a deal for a $16.95 (or .75?) three-course lunch! I totally would’ve opted for that, since their appetizers sounded pretty damn tasty (cream of butternut squash soup? shiitake mushrooms + chicken mousse + truffle oil?!?!), but I wasn’t very hungry and I didn’t want to waste money. :| I’ll definitely get that next time, though—that’s like, the equivalent of one entrée at the average restaurant!
This place gets five stars from me, no questions asked. The service was great (though there were only two of us…) and the people were amiable, the atmosphere was relaxing, the food was excellent—unpretentious and simplistic—and the prices were just right. I’ll be happy to be a regular patron of this place! :)
After lunch, I got my hair (bangs especially!) trimmed and re-layered, and then we went to Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s to get some goodies! :) Goodies like goat’s milk yogurt,
Baaaabaaa. Wait, no. Mehhhhmehhhhh.
cranberry chèvre (!!!)
satisfied cravings for seasonal produce with a honeycrisp apple + a jewel sweet potato (NON-yellow! ha!)
indulged a teensy bit more with pecan pralines, which I cannot believe I never had before. This is my new crack, yo. What’s yours?
annnd my favorite almond, pumpkin, and sunflower seed butters. I really want to make my own pumpkin butter, because although TJ’s is good, it’s a little too sweet for me. I was just a little ecstatic to get my buttahs back—I desperately needed something to top my leftover kabocha! ;)
After that, things slowly went downhill. I had to go back to my mom’s house and “entertain” people at the huge, fantabulous party that she and my stepfather were throwing. Not. Cool. First of all, I’m a terrible conversation starter. Second of all, we were totally unprepared for hosting a bunch of teenagers. Third, no one was willing to talk. Can you see where the problem is? Bad conversation starter? No one willing to talk? Haven’t seen in each other since the last Asian party years ago? UTTER AWKWARDNESS! IN THE WORKS???
I rest my case.
To my relief, I found a DVD for American Gangster hidden away in a cabinet, and we ended up watching that the entire remainder of the time. I’m terrible, I know, but I must say—it was pretty entertaining. Actually, I loved it. :D We can watch movies in silence, oh yes we can, because watching in silence is not completely AWKWARD! (But don’t tell the Blockbuster people. The DVD was rented looong ago… and I don’t know why we never returned it o__o) There’s goes my career as a hostess. Shattered dreams right there.
What do you do in awkward situations? How do YOU entertain silent guests?
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Okay readers, I bid you a SUPER AWKWARD! toodaloo :)