French cuisine is known for its understated sophistication, like the Dewey decimal system or a bowtie that's only visible to people wearing 3-D glasses. Dig in to an edible elegance with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of French fare and drinks at The French Hound in Middleburg.
Run by French-trained chef-de-cuisine John-Gustin Birkitt, The French Hound serves up a menu of European palate pleasers that, like the fashion-forwardness of seersucker jumpsuits, is subject to shift with the seasons. Starters such as saucissons et cornichons—dried salami with pickles—($4) and salade endive ($9) regally introduce diners to formal entrees such as traditional cassoulet_stew ($30) or the poisson l'espadon, a grilled swordfish mobbed by an entourage of baby carrots, turnips, and broccoli behind a veil of roasted beet sauce ($26). Desserts of creamy crème caramel ($8) or the tort au chocolat ($8) offer delicately sweet massages to post-meal mouth muscles.
Paying homage to the idyllic charm of an 18th-century French countryside, The French Hound serves its fare within an elegant dining area filled with soft yellows, blues, and birdcalls that sound like utensils clinking. Culinary matchmakers are welcome to pair dishes with escorts of wine from a list heavily populated with Romantic French and Italian vintage, such as a Chavey Meursault Casse Tete ($80) or a Tuscan Poppiano Tricorno ($78).
- Excellent menu choices and superb execution. Every season brings a new menu and the chef adds little tweaks to keep things from being boring. – brooksz, TripAdvisor
- Delicious meals. When they have the filet, order it. One of the best filets i've ever had. The mussels, fries and the bread are all good too. – Chris P., Yelp