French chic for the budget-minded is the style at this welcoming neighborhood bistro, where during peak hours there might be a half-hour wait for a table. Woven café chairs on the sidewalk and awnings that resemble metro-station architecture evoke the Left Bank of Paris, and the Gallic focus is also evident in dishes like the filet mignon, served with a choice of several classic French sauces. Other good options are the pâté maison, mussels and fries, and the lavish
dessert crepes. The cheese plate is filled with fromage from beloved local cheese shop St. James Cheese Company. Space is a little tight in the oddly configured dining areas, but the whimsical paintings and profuse greenery combine to create an inviting room.