Toulouse Petit – Seattle Restaurant Review

Buttermilk Beignets

Just a quick post to tell you about one of my favorite Seattle restaurants, Toulouse Petit. It’s in Lower Queen Anne, right in the thick of it where Queen Anne Ave and Mercer intersect. Toulouse has only been open a couple years, but it seems like they’ve been doing Happy Hour forever. With a cajun flair that any palate can love, Toulouse reinvents your every day favorites. Plus their bartenders are super creative – tell them what you like and let them whip up something original for you.

My very good friend Bri and I went to Toulouse Petit last weekend while out for a little holiday shopping. (More on Bri later. She certainly deserves a whole post of her own.) What better way to top off holiday shopping than with a cocktail? It was hard to turn down their breakfast all day on the weekends, but we both opted for sandwiches. (Let’s be honest, it was probably because we really wanted the fries with garlic aioli, though neither of us would openly admit that.)

Cajun Roast Beef Sandwich

While still thinking breakfast, I ordered a Madame Toulouse cocktail (grapefruit vodka, peach puree, honey, and sparkling wine), then took a (very) sharp turn and was convinced by our server to try the Hot Cajun Roast Beef and Provolone Sandwich with caramelized onions, Mama Lil’s Peppers, fresh herbs mayo, and french onion soup broth – with a kick. Hot roast beef sandwiches aren’t usually my go-to, but they might be now. The bread was chewy and crunchy, the roast beef tender, and the sandwich accoutrements had just the right hint of heat.

So. Delicious.

Bri ordered the Blackened Shrimp Po Boy Sandwich, and it was just as delicious and equally balanced with bold cajun flavors without overwhelming your palate. No misses with the sandwiches, that’s for sure. Or maybe we were just drunk off the fries and garlic aioli.

Blackened Gulf Shrimp Po Boy Sandwich

Want to know the real reason to go to Toulouse Petit? Beignets. Warm, fresh from the fryer, pillows of little donut-y deliciousness, topped with powdered sugar and accompanied by a delicate, sweet, coffee-y dipping sauce. Get in your car now and go.

I’ve been to Toulouse Petit a half dozen times or so, and everything I’ve had has been reliably delicious. Add in an bustling lounge with over 250 votive candles flickering in the dim light, and you can’t NOT have a great time. Check out their website or Facebook page for their current menu and events, as well as food porn photos that are FAR better than my blurry iPhone snaps. Hope you have a chance to visit!

Comments: 2

  1. virginia winstanley December 1, 2012 at 8:53 am Reply

    The only possible improvement in your experience for me is that the beignet dipping sauce be the one they give your with churros (very dark chocolate). Fun review.

    • Seattle Palate December 3, 2012 at 12:15 pm Reply

      That would definitely work! You’ll have to put this joint on your list for the next time you’re in town!

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