Toulouse Petit

Written by on December 31, 2013 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(toulousepetit.com) – Uptown or Lower Queen Anne, Seattle, Washington

Toulouse Petit

How I heard of this place: Years prior, I had been to Pesos Kitchen & Lounge, right next door, and loved it! When my first Seattle foodie friend told me that the owners were opening a New Orleans inspired establishment next door, it was on my must list! Brunch at Toulouse has also been on my list since the restaurant opened its doors in November of 2009.

Type of cuisine: “…delectable looking salads, raw and fresh seafood dishes, delicacies (foie gras, tartares and tongue dishes are all on the menu), poultry, steaks and charcuterie, which is described as ‘the art of curing meats, and especially of curing pork.’ …Like it’s brother next door, Toulouse Petit will have an extensive array of exotic cocktails (just take a look at their bar!), and two large and encompassing happy hours – an early happy hour from opening at 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and a late happy hour from 10 p.m. to midnight.

Toulouse Petit Eggs Florentine

For breakfast you’ll find seven different types of eggs Benedict along with about a dozen other egg dishes, plus “sweet stuff” like pancakes, beignets and pain perdu. At lunch po’boys and other sandwiches augment a roster that includes many of the soups, salads, charcuterie, meats and seafood served at dinner when prime steaks are also featured.” (Seattle Times)

Ambiance: The new restaurant, located at 601 Queen Anne Ave N in Uptown, is by the same owner of the popular Pesos’s Kitchen & Lounge next door. But don’t be fooled by its parallels in name or location – this eatery offers up entirely new choices for the palette. It’s theme for not only cuisine, but also decor, is the French Quarter and New Orleans.”

Toulouse Petit Indoors 2

“…‘The Toulouse Petit by the Numbers’. Panes of glass in the restaurant’s windows and doors – 712. Mosaic tiles in the main floor – about 85,000. Glass tiles on their booth platforms – about 40,000. Pounds of plaster hand applied to the walls – about 5,000.

Toulouse Petit Indoors

Not sure exactly where Toulouse Petit is? It’s the green stucco building on the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and Mercer.”

Toulouse Petit Green Stucco

Toulouse debuted in early November, a frillier, French Quarter version of its next-door-neighbor, Peso’s Kitchen & Lounge. Brian Hutmacher, owner of both, assembled a team of wood carvers, iron workers, glass blowers and other artisans to conjure the crumbling glamour of a centuries-old Bourbon Street bar.

They stippled the walls with 5,000 pounds of plaster, set 125,000 ceramic and glass mosaic tiles and created gorgeous wood inlays for the tabletops and bar. No wonder the place was more than a year in the making.

Toulouse Petit Walls & Candles

Proximity to Seattle Center means dressed-up theatergoers sometimes occupy the spacious velvet booths; more often it’s a dungarees-and-T-shirt-wearing crowd that shows up for breakfast, lunch, dinner and happy hour daily. While the menus have some overlap, each offers an overwhelming array of choices.” (Seattle Times)

Toulouse Petit Indoors 3

What I ordered: A hungry group of travelers sitting down for brunch, uncertain as to what would come of the youngest two if they were not fed rather immediately, I asked our server to start us off with two of their most popular small plates. We devoured the Crawfish ‘Beignets’ with Red Pepper ‘Chow Chow’ ($8) and the Dungeness Crab over Fried Green Tomatoes with a Tarragon-Chive Ravigote ($14).

Toulouse Petit Small Plates

My mom stuck with her tried and true favorite: Classic Egg Breakfast with housemade garlic sausage and toast ($11).

Toulouse Petit Classic Breakfast

My older sister enjoyed the Grilled Asparagus Wrapped with Prosciutto with an Artichoke-Fennel-Arugula ‘Salad’ cestenza bruschetta, two poached eggs ($15) as well as a small French Press ($4.50).

Toulouse Petit Asparagus Prosciutto Salad

My younger sister was most intrigued by the Dungeness Crab and Red Grapefruit Salad avocado, pistachios, fennel, arugula, fleur de del ($13)

Toulouse Petit Crab & Grapefruit Salad

and then enjoyed the remainder of her children’s  Classic Buttermilk Pancakes with whipped butter and maple syrup ($7) and the addition of Two Eggs & Bacon ($5).

Toulouse Petit Pancakes!

Her husband delighted in the Shrimp and Chicken Jambalaya with Housemade Andouille Sausage unapologetically spicy, deep, dark creole flavor ($15).

Toulouse Petit Jumbalaya

I was so eager to sample their brunch/breakfast menu that I could not take my eyes off of the Benedicts, and chose the ‘Eggs Florentine’ with Arugula and Tomatoes ($12) at the unequalled recommendation of our server. 

Toulouse Petit Florentine Benedict

What I loved: The Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus in all of its smoky yet light flavor and crisp-on-the-outside-soft-on-the-inside texture stole the heart of each of us that sampled it. The uber soft buttermilk pancakes a sweet treat at the end of my meal. And the Eggs Florentine with home fries – oh my goodness: the home fries!

Why I loved it: A comfortable yet romantic setting, spacious with high ceilings and dim-lit despite the tall windows on two sides of the corner restaurant; a palette that continues to please from the first bite to the last; and a booth with table long enough to not only host our party of seven but to also keep the children entertained throughout the meal.

Toulouse Petit Nephews Cars

Cost: Average ($8.50 – $19 per breakfast/lunch entree)

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