Toulouse Petit

Written by on February 2, 2010 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Lower Queen Anne
How I heard of this place: Through a friend and local gourmand when he had attended the opening nearly or maybe a year ago.
Type of cuisine: New Orleans style
Ambiance: Romantic without being exclusive to dates.
What I ordered: Since we arrived during happy hour (between 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. and again from 10:00 p.m. until midnight), we were able to sample a number of items in our party of four. Our party of three started off the evening with a yellow beet salad with haricots verts, Stilton bleu cheese and toasted walnuts. Next came our crab ravigote over fried green tomatoes, followed by the Toulouse seafood gumbo. One of my favorite dishes came next, which was the grilled asparagus with a bacon vinaigrette. On our second round of ordering, we tried the cauliflower au gratin and the Barbecued shrimp New Orleans. (Note: There is a $3 minimum drink order in the bar during happy hour!)
What I loved: My favorite of the night was the BBQ Shrimp served over grits for flavor and presentation – in a cast iron skillet. One friend loved the gumbo, which was a brilliant consistency of meats and rice with the exact spiciness you wish for. The other friend was won over by the crab ravigote, with a plethora of fresh crab over lightly fried green tomatoes.
Why I loved it: I love the setting – dim lights with candles beautifully arranged on small shelves on the walls. The food was also very good and worth coming back for.
Cost: Happy hour menu $4-$7 per plate

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