French restaurants are delicious. Thankfully, Houston has plenty. If you ever find yourself in the area, you have to check out these 5 best French restaurants Houston has to offer.
1. Rise nº2
Ever heard of marshmallow soup? Probably not, unless you’ve already dined at Rise. They’re the sole creator of this dish – which is also customers’ most beloved. This soup is a vegetable medley bisque, and the ‘marshmallows’ are really miniature goat cheese souffles. Surprisingly delighted? Just wait. Save room for their other clever souffle flavors, as classic French souffles are their entire specialty.
2. Cafe Rebellais
Enter an authentic compendium of countryside France in this narrow restaurant’s dark ambiance. Here, stretching wall of wines lay in wooden caskets and elegant white table cloths meet straw chairs. Their cheese plates are a luxuriously satisfying yet casual option for those who aren’t too hungry, while their rack of lamb is a perfectly tender and delicate choice for a larger meal. Whatever you get, be sure to pair with one of many wine options, and to ask for free refills of their undeniably oven-fresh crunchy bread.
3. Sweet Paris
This spot is wallet friendly and should be a go-to for when company who can’t decide between a sweet or savory outing. Crepes here are as thin as they are in France, but have modifications on fillings and toppings that could be designated as American (bacon) or even Italian (nutella – a must.) The restaurant has pre-invented crepe combinations, but they can be made to order. Don’t forget to snap a few photos in this brightly lit atmosphere, and to bring at least one friend. These crepes are huge! You’ve got to check out these French restaurants Houston has to offer.
4. Le Bistro
This is a restaurant home to a concept. It channels fine dining without the price as it’s a training ground for classical French-training culinary students. I recommend eating here during lunch, as customers can experience the presentation and service of fine dining for less than the cost of dinner. Here, you’ll sample traditional French foods that have been designed to modern appearances. I remember having my sister order me dessert, and even upon its arrival, not knowing what it was until I tasted it. It was the boldest pear I’ve ever tasted, and the most creatively layered – a poached pear in red wine.
To understand why the French are pronounced “skinny bitches” for eating well but remaining thin, look no further than Toulouse. This classical restaurant boasts French tradition, even in small portion sizes, but never compromises in flavor. They offer a melange of French foods that are artistically assembled but dainty in size so that you must venture through the course slowly, allowing for time to savor. Expect professional staff, but don’t be afraid of asking for explanations of their French-named dishes and of trying their rich pate! Yes, pate is liver. Yes, it’s the best treat on their menu.