When talking about Belgian restaurants in the D.C. area, I should also mention Mannequin Pis in Olney, Maryland, and Bistrot Belgique Gourmande in Occoquan, VA.
The latter changed hands in 2001 when longtime owner Danièle Johnson sold the establishment. It is still open but I have not dined there in a few years.
Mannequin Pis in Olney, Maryland, is named for the (in)famous statue in Brussels. The statue is as it appears: a small boy relieving himself. Pronounce it "pee"!
The restaurant was opened and owned for several years by chef Bernard Dehaene, who, as well, sold last year.
I have not been back since his departure, but reputable sources have told me that the new owners have indeed maintained Mannequin Pis' culinary and Belgian beer traditions.
A beer dinner is scheduled for Tuesday 10 July at 7pm. Call 301-570-4800 for more information.
Olney, MD 20832