My wife and I had heard from a good friend that Toulouse Petit had foie gras for under 7 bucks. After I heard that sentence we had to try it. As a newcomer to the wonderful world of foie gras, I was delighted to hear that I could try this delicacy for under $10 anywhere. For that price, I was thinking that I would be getting a piece of liver that was the size of a quarter. I can’t say how wrong I was! You could find a comparable piece of foie on the menu for twice that price at some other Seattle restaurants. The flavor of the foie was superb as well! I never knew that pears and cornbread would mesh so well with the foie gras. In any case, the rest of the menu did not disappoint either. With over 60 happy hour food offerings, I was a tempted to think that most of these would be the greasy sub-par offerings of most bar menus. Again, WRONG! Happy to be wrong I might add. Some of the other offerings we had:
Fried Alligator – Think gamey chicken, a bit on the dry side, but not as “chicken-y” as I thought it would be.
Oysters – Rockefeller x 2, Benneville, Kilpatrick was out that day. First time having oysters done this way, and I was hooked! We ended up going out and getting 2 dozen Hama Hamas a little later to try this on our own. Delicious!
Shrimp Etouffe – I had to try either this or their gumbo, I mean come on, this restaurant is supposed to specialize in cajun cooking! This was one of my favorites because being a Seattleite, we do not get this kind of rich soul food. There was a distinct seasoning, which I think was File, but I’m not quite sure.
Escargot – My wife had to have these delicious little morsels, as it is always ordered if we see it on the menu. Great flavor, not too much butter, as some restaurants have them swimming in it. The escargot flavor was still very present. Bravo!
Shrimp and Grits – SPICY! The grits were the best we have ever had in a restaurant bar none. Creamy, a little bite, and very well seasoned. The shrimp were grilled quite well, no rubber here!
Fried Oysters – Yummmm. Fried anything is good, but the cornmeal breading was perfect on the oysters. Not to much, very gritty texture, and melt in your mouth oysters on the inside.
Louisiana Abita Amber – Not my favorite by far, but wanted to try a little of the regional beer with dinner. Won’t go for it again, just not my cup of tea. I prefer much hoppier beers, with more flavor.
Mystery mocktail – Fruity drinks are what my wife likes, and she asked the bartender to make something especially for her, and it turned out delicious. Cheers!
Pear Hazelnut Frangipane tart – Usually I don’t order desert at restaurants, but I have a soft spot for anything hazelnut. I took the plunge and will order this every time I go there. The hazelnut flavor abounds and plays very well with the perfectly cooked pear.
Banana’s Foster – Now we didn’t get to see the flambé action for this dish, but it was extremely deliciousness nonetheless. We will get this every time we visit as well. It was our first experience with this dessert, and I can’t complain at all! The sauce had a strong rum flavor which paired nicely with the creamy vanilla ice cream.
Overall I would have to say that this was by far the best happy hour menu I’ve tried so far. The quality of the food is above average, the service was great, and best of all most of the items we ordered were only $5. Everything is made in house and from scratch, but the prices would lead you to believe otherwise. I can’t wait to go back and order another horde of dishes.