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Day 25: Mon Ami Gabi

Mon Ami Gabi means “My friend Gabi” in French.  The “Gabi” is short for renowned Chef, and owner of the restaurant that bears his name, Gabino Sotelino.  Located at 7239 Woodmont Avenue in the heart of Bethesda, Mon Ami Gabi specializes in a simple, but traditional, Bistro menu that includes crepes, quiches, French onion soup, steak and their signature steak frites.  There are Mon Ami Gabi’s in Reston, Virginia, Las Vegas, at the Paris Hotel, and in Oakbrook , Illinois.

The restaurant is richly appointed with high ceilings with walls of wine bottles from their extensive collection. Not up for a full bottle of wine?  Try their rolling wine cart full of a variety of wines by the glass! On Tuesdays and Thursdays you can enjoy live Jazz music at the bar while you enjoy hors d’oeuvres of Escargots de Bourgogne (oven-roasted snails in garlic herb butter.  O.k. maybe not the snails!).  January is officially National Soup Month (who knew?) and Mon Ami Gabi is ready with Winter Soup Flights including Onion Soup Au Gratin and Roasted Sweet Potato soup.

So what’s a Spainiard doing running a French restaurant?  Preparing some of the finest French cuisine food this town has to offer – and that’s not just our opinion.  Gabino Sotelino was the first Spainiard to ever receive the prestigious French Academie Culinaire de France award.  This award is traditionally give only to French national chefs for their outstanding contributions to the French culinary arts.  So come out and join Amy and I at Mon Ami Gabi.  We will be dining there this Thursday night as part of Restaurant Week and we will be enjoying some of our favorites including the warm fresh-baked bread that arrives at your table just after you’re seated.  The entire menu is really fabulous and the desserts are out of this world (Bananas Foster Crepe!).  Can you find great French dining in Bethesda? Ouah ! Absolument ! ~Brian

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