By Rena Malai
“We’ve always wanted to have multiple restaurants,” says Sarah Devight. “We really like Old Town Manassas, and it was an opportunity for us to set down roots in a top dining area of Prince William.”
In May, Battle Street Bistro had their official ribbon cutting ceremony and opened up their doors for diners to experience a delicious menu, with authentically French-based cuisine. It is the sister restaurant to the Secret Garden Cafe, echoing similar service styles and made-from-scratch specialty food and drinks.
A Trip to France
According to the Devights, while Battle Street Bistro’s menu is French themed, it has an American flair.
“We do our best to make it as authentically French as possible,” Sarah Devight says. “It may not be exactly like in Paris, but it’s pretty close!”
The restaurant’s French cuisine style stays close to her family roots. Her father is French, and she not only grew up eating lots of French food, but she also learned how to cook it at a young age. This was perhaps early job training, as she is the head chef at Battle Street Bistro.
“We don’t cut corners,” Devight says. “Everything we make — from sauces to desserts — is made in house.”
No Battles Here
The last few months have been extremely busy for the Devights. Since they opened Battle Street Bistro, business has boomed, and they hope the community comes to see the restaurant as a neighborhood go-to, whether diners are looking for a quick lunch or a leisurely brunch.
The building that houses Battle Street Bistro used to be an office space. But the Devights had the vision to turn it into a welcoming, cozy bistro, complete with a roof-top terrace.
Diners need not worry about any Battles going on at Battle Street Bistro, Sarah Devight jokes. The name of the restaurant was the brainchild of her mother, who thought to name the establishment for the road it’s located on — 9402 Battle Street.
“We were discussing possible names — we didn’t want to call it anything ‘garden,’” Devight said. “So, my Mom said, why not name it after the street? That’s how we came up with Battle Street Bistro.”
The service style at Battle Street Bistro is similar to the Secret Garden Café — each server pays close attention to all customers and all tables, ensuring a seamless meal service with diners receiving prompt attention throughout the course of their meal.
“Although we started [at Secret Garden]with sections, all our servers helped each other out and it set the tone,” Devight said. “So, we decided to work as one team, and it’s been working out well for eight years so far! Hearing our staff speak about what works best for them is crucial. They are the backbone of our business.”
Eat It Up
Battle Street Bistro serves up lunch, dinner and breakfast/brunch. From French Toast to Quiche Lorraine and their signature Bistro Burger, the restaurant keeps up with classic French favorites along with other twists like Shakshouka — a savory egg and tomato breakfast stew — Fish and Chips, and Shrimp and Grits. Vegetarians can choose from both vegan and vegetarian options offered, such as vegan Scampi and vegan
Devight’s favorite thing on the menu is the Poutine — similar to “Disco Fries” — a lovely combination of French fries, cheese curds and gravy. The dish is said to have originated in Quebec and is a popular item at Battle Street Bistro.
The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. To make reservations, which are especially recommended on
weekends, call 703-369-7501. Breakfast/brunch is served Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Rena Malai is a journalist and freelance writer. She has covered a variety of topics from technology and policy to food and lifestyle. She lives in Prince William and is a native Washingtonian.