A wispy, paper think puff pastry crust. Juicy slices of lightly baked apple. A drizzle of caramel sauce, or a scoop of ice cream. The classic French Tarte Aux Pommes awaits, right here in Houston.
Taking over the old Andre's spot, Chef Philippe Verpiand shows off his mastery of French classics with dishes like house-made pate, escargots, duck confit, cassoulet, and steak frites. Perfect for an intimate tete a tete or for entertaining friends. Don't forget dessert: Verpiand's apple tart is currently my favorite in town.
Charming little bistro you might find in the country somewhere in France. Open kitchen lets you see the lovely domed oven and toque-wearing chefs in their white jackets. Wooden tables, Provencal blue/yellow ceramic tiled motifs and wall art complete the picture. Get a terrine or foie gras to start with duck confit entree, a dessert of apple tart, and a bottle of Bandol Red.
Chef David Denis' French restaurant on the Energy Corridor draws everyone from big oil execs to foodies from around town. Simply exquisite food all the time. The private chef's table is a special treat, and the desserts, like the deceptively simple apple tart, a must-not-miss.
Chef Philippe Schmit's eponymous restaurant offers his "French Cowboy" take what French cuisine should be in Houston. Drunken foie gras is a must. Braised beef cheeks are solid. If you get a chance to taste his his coq au vin or a souffle, just do it and thank me later. Impeccable wine list by Sommelier Vanessa Trevino-Boyd. Desserts by Pastry Chef Jami King, like the tarte tatin, are always delicious.
Indulge in the ultimate people-watching at Frenchie-upscale River Oaks brasserie. Fantastic oyster selection and standard brasserie fare like steak frites. Shockingly affordable wine list. Go off-menu and try one Executive Chef Amanda McGraw's daily specials or her delectable appetizer of parmesan custard with a 63 degree sous vide egg. Apple tart is scrumptious and if it's your birthday, let them know ahead of time for a cool tabel-side surprise cotton candy.
Hidden on the back street parallel to Kirby, Hawthorn, formerly the private dinner club Dorsia aimed to served the Lambourghini set, is a throwback to exclusive clubs of yesteryear. On most nights a pianist sets the mood with a selection of light jazz tunes from Gershwin or Nat King cole. From the kitchen, hand made pastas, risotto, and a beautiful stuffed quail, created with a deft touch by chef Ricardo Palazzo Giorgio, are sure to please. Save room for dessert -- a rosemary panna cotta is creative and delicious, as is the beautiful apple tart.