Donna Cooks


Uptown French at Cafe Toulouse
September 3, 2006, 12:45 am
Filed under: DFW Restaurant Reviews

The Knox-Henderson area is filled with great restaurants, and many have great outdoor dining.  On a sunny, but not too warm, Saturday afternoon, Cafe Toulouse’s outdoor patio looked very appealing.  And with complimentary valet parking (valet service is shared with Momo’s Pasta next door), we were sold on the idea.

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Cafe Toulouse must be a popular weekend spot.  Even at 1:00pm, there was a wait for inside seating.  Since we chose outdoor seating, we were seated immediately (but the patio also filled up quickly once we sat down).  The brunch menu as well as the regular menu were being offered at this time.  The space was filled with brunch goers sipping various champagne cocktails and chatting away.

On to the food!  Our waters and crusty french bread with butter came immediately after seating.  I ordered the softshell crab sandwich with pomme frites ($14) and my companion ordered the orange French toast ($9) with a side of applewood smoked bacon ($3).  Our food arrived within 15 minutes of ordering (although the couple who sat at the table next to us had quite a wait on their food, this may be due to the fact that both of them were ordering fish, but the wait still seemed unnecessarily long as they were there before us and we were almost done eating by the time their food finally arrived).

Softshell Crab Sandwich:

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The batter on the crab was light and crispy and the foccacia bread tasted freshly baked.  One complaint though, the poblano tartare sauce on the sandwich did not really stand out, the poblano flavor wasn’t at all evident.  The sauce only added moisture, not flavor, to the sandwich.  The pomme frites, on the other hand, were absolutely delighful, not too greasy, crispy and crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, and lightly salted.  A perfect 10 as far as French fries are concerned, definitely no ketchup necessary.

Orange French Toast:

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Served with powdered sugar, maple syrup, butter cream, and assorted fresh berries, the orange French toast was a real treat.  The aroma of tangy orange reached your nose before you even took a bite.  The French toast was crunchy along the edges, and soft (but not soggy) towards the center.  Great rendition of a breakfast classic.  The bacon was smokey but a little too greasy. 

The atmosphere at Cafe Toulouse’s patio is wonderful on a good weather day for brunch, with a view of the jogging trail to the west and plenty of people/car watching along Knox Street.  The menu has a good variety (especially with the combination of the brunch and regular menus) and would warrant another visit.  Service was friendly and efficient, our water glasses were always refilled on time.  One menu item that will stand out in my mind for a while (despite its simplicity) is the pomme frites.  I may come back just for an appetizer order of those.

Rating: 3.5 / 5

Cafe Toulouse
3314 Knox St
Dallas, TX 75205

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