I actually don't know much about French dining, so I asked Lorrie and Shari (who at least have a fondness for French cuisine) to help me narrow it down. I decided on a place in a cute little house, that claimed to feel "like a French bistro nestled off the beaten path where all the locals dine..." (2 bonus points for being in a house)
The atmosphere of this cozy spot on Colquitt, in Upper River Oaks area of Houston, was quite a change from the diner...shopping center style places that started the list. Let's throw in 1 bonus point for getting me to a classier place for a change.
I do love framed photographs, so 1 bonus for being surrounded by artsy scenes from Paris! However, that bonus point was cancelled out by the 1 negative bonus point for having to share our tiny dining room with a bored woman and her young son who entertained himself throughout the entire meal with Mama's cell phone, while she listened in on our conversation 2 inches away.
Food gets a solid 5 points out of 5! Here is the trio of desserts that followed our soup, Croque Monsieur and Ham and Cheese Crepe Souffles! The chef/owners are both from France and their cooking history is quite impressive. All foods, including bread are made from scratch, daily.
As for entertaining conversation...Omar, our waiter, was a bit busy for too much chat, but he was in good spirits for posing and we did learn he works for a floor company as well. 1 bonus point for our waiter/floor salesman...not sure I ever had one of those.
We must allow an additional 3 bonus points for authenticity since we got to speak with Dominque, one of the owner/chefs. Hearing a French accent in a French restaurant made my day!
12 POINTS FOR AU PETIT PARIS!!
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.