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Queen Anne Restaurant Spotlight: Toulouse Petit

Head to Uptown (otherwise known as Lower Queen Anne), just steps away from the Seattle Center. There, you’ll find the Queen Anne restaurant Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge – a Creole-French getaway for the taste buds.

Toulouse Petit was opened four years ago as of this summer, and is owned by Brian Hutmacher, who also owns the restaurant next door called Peso’s. Like Peso’s Kitchen & Lounge, Toulouse Petit was designed to be an ‘escapism’, where guests can escape from the busyness of life and enjoy food, drink, and atmosphere that exceeds their expectations.

‘Toulouse’ is actually the name of a street in New Orleans. When putting together the pieces to open the restaurant in 2009, the management staff took a trip down to New Orleans in Louisiana, and “ate our way through the town!” said General Manager Levi Colinas. “We wanted to capture the precision of French cuisine with all of the different flavors in Creole cooking.”

“The menu is very traditional, with mainly French-based processes but also Creole as well,” Colinas says.

A favorite on the breakfast menu is the Crème Caramel French Toast, which is made with a caramel pear liqueur sauce, fresh strawberries, and pecan butter. Toulouse Petit is also famous for its beignets – so much so that management is considering a beignet cart outside the restaurant for weekend service.

On the dinner menu, Toulouse Petit’s gumbos are very popular. Fresh seafood dishes are also a treat at the restaurant – like the ‘Sinister’ Pan Seared Gulf Prawns. They are served with a sambal chile rouille, fried basil leaves and garlic for a tasty appetizer or shared plate.

“We have lots of variety on the wine list,” Colinas said. The restaurant has received acclaim from Wine Spectator and the Washington State Wine Commission for their wines. In addition to imports from Italy, the wine list also features lots of Spanish and Northwest wines, since their flavor profiles pair so well with the menu items. Options by the glass and half-carafe offer lots of choices for guests who want to sample unique wines with their meal.

Handcrafted, made-from-scratch cocktails are also a fantastic offering at Toulouse Petit.

There’s an annual week-long celebration for Mardi Gras at the restaurant, which is “The biggest party of the year for Toulouse Petit,” as Colinas says. There are incredible food and drink specials, with live music and celebrations.

Toulouse’s Breakfast Happy Hour is served Monday through Friday from 8 – 11 a.m. Most items on that menu are just $9. The restaurant is open daily at 8 a.m., and closes at 2 a.m. Happy Hour is daily from 4 – 6 p.m. and from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. for late night Happy Hour.

Featured photo from ToulousePetit.com.

Queen Anne Restaurants Participate in the Fall Seattle Restaurant Week

It’s time for Restaurant Week again! Per usual and to our delight, several Queen Anne restaurants are participating in the fall Restaurant Week. Dinners are three courses for $28, and lunches (if offered) are three courses for $15. The restaurant ‘week’ is Sunday through Thursday both this week and next. Here are the Queen Anne restaurants participating this season, with their menus (if they have publicized them):

betty_logo_blue-1Betty Restaurant & Bar: Betty will have a prix-fixe dinner menu only for the Fall Restaurant Week. On the appetizer menu, choose from the soup du jour; Warm Red Cabbage Salad with apples, pancetta, and toasted hazelnuts; Potato & Cheese Croquettes with petite arugula salad; or Organic Mixed Greens with herbal vinaigrette and Parmesan. Entrée selections include Oven-Roasted Chicken with seasonal vegetables and roasted garlic; Wild Boar Ragout with spaghetti and pecorino cheese; Grilled Moroccan Lamb Skewers with herbed couscous and cucumber Raita; or Creamy Risotto with mixed mushrooms and a hint of truffle oil. Finish it off with your choice from all of Betty’s desserts.

Chinoise_Logo_OrangeChinoise Café: Enjoy Agedashi tofu, two Maguro or salmon nigiri pieces, six-piece Chicken Gyoza, or a five-piece tempura platter for your appetizer selection. Dinner items include Honey Walnut Prawns, Mongolian Beef, Lemongrass Shrimp Stir Fry, a Sushi Combo (four nigiri, three sashimi, and tekka maki), or Sichuan Tofu. For dessert, you can have your choice of Fried Banana with Ice Cream, Coconut Sticky Rice and Mango, Coconut or Green Tea Ice Cream, a glass of house red or white wine, or a bottle of beer.

collections-cafeCollections Café: The Collections Café is offering both lunch and dinner for Restaurant Week, with a vegetarian, vegan, and/or gluten free option! Their prix-fixe dinner menu has the following appetizer options to start: Gambas (seared prawns, smoked paprika, garlic, chili flakes, sherry, and grilled sourdough), Gnocchi (with smoked pork shank and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese), or Fried Oysters (with a frisee salad, pickled onions, and toasted fennel aioli). For the entrée menu, choose from Porchetta (a hearty fall stew with egg dumplings), Rigatoni (Chanterelle mushrooms, Mascarpone, mission figs, and Pecorino Romano cheese), or Grilled Hanger Steak ( with collard greens and vanilla butter-braised fingerling potatoes). Wrap up your third and final course with dessert: a Brownie (Snicker Brittle, Salted Caramel, or Banana brownie flavors served with vanilla ice cream), “Almond Joy” Coconut Panna Cotta (coco-almond powder with a vanilla garnish), or a Cookie (House made warm, served with Kentucky Bourbon ice cream, and drizzled in salted caramel).

Wolf_LogoHow to Cook a Wolf: This Ethan Stowell eatery has been a neighborhood destination for quite some time. For restaurant week, there is a delicious lineup of menu options. In starters, choose from Escarole salad with preserved lemon, white anchovy vinaigrette, and grana padano; Roasted Beets with smoked ricotta, fennel, almond, and a Sherry vinaigrette; Escolar Crudo with an avocado puree, orange, coriander, and radish; or Bruschetta with smoked mackerel, capers, and 6-year aged balsamic. Entrée options are Scott’s Classic Meatloaf; Bucatini Black Pepper with butter and Pecorino Romano; Pork Chop Cameo with apple butter and an arugula-red onion salad; or Scallop Controne with bean, fennel, and a Calabrian olive tapenade. Desserts include Chocolate rose geranium Panna Cotta with a blackberry compote; Upside-down Plum Cake with coconut rum gelato; or a Seasonal Fruit Sorbetto with lavender shortbread.

twitter-profile-picPeso’s Kitchen & Lounge: Peso’s is offering both lunch and dinner options for Restaurant week:

  • Lunch (3 courses for $15): For appetizers, choose from Chiogga Beets and Asparagus Spears with arugula and Oregon bleu cheese; Peso’s Chop Chop Salad; Mexico City Posole; Chicken and Lime Soup with avocado; or Chicken Tinga Tostada. Entrées include Red Chile Enchiladas with steak or chicken; Peso’s Almost Tradicional Torta; or a Ranchera Burrito with steak or chicken. Enjoy a Classic Créme Caramel Flan, an Ice Cream Sundae, or Chocolate Sundae for dessert!
  • Dinner (3 courses for $28): On the appetizer menu, choose from Chiogga Beets and Asparagus Spears with arugula and Oregon bleu cheese; Peso’s Chop Chop Salad; Gulf Shrimp with poblano and corn chowder; Portobello ‘Rojas’ Chile Relleno; or Crispy Beef Picadillo Taquitos Dorados. The selection of entrées is Peso’s Signature Tradicional Carne Asada; Mexico City Rib Eye Steak Frites with a negra-modelo chile pan sauce; Dungeness Crab and Rock Shrimp Enchiladas with tomatillo-mascarpone cream; or Pan Seared Sea Scallops with pasilla chiles and black pepper over creamed corn and basil ‘humita. A Warm Brownie Sundae, Fried Banana-Chocolate Chimichangas, Fresh Apple Caramel Crisp, and Peso’s Classic Créme Caramel Flan are options for dessert.

Ponti-Seafood-Grill-LogoPonti Seafood Grill: Ponti is making Seattle Restaurant Week easy, where you can choose from any appetizer or salad, then any entrée, and any dessert on the menu for your fare. Some items will have a $10-15 upcharge, so beware of that, but otherwise, enjoy!

portagePortage: For Restaurant Week appetizers, you can enjoy Portage’s Delicata Squash Salad, Roasted Beets with Danish bleu cheese and hazelnuts, or Smoked Trout Tartine. Chicken with Vichy carrots, lardons, golden raisins, and sherry; Farro with escarole, roasted turnips and fennel; Braised Pork Cheeks with a parsnip pommes puree and pan sauce; or Seared Salmon with cauliflower, squash, pumpkin seeds, and brown butter are options for entrées. Finally, dessert selections include Chocolate Terrine, an Apple Almond Tart, Ice Cream or Sorbet.

ten mercerTen Mercer: At Ten Mercer, you can enjoy these appetizers for the week: Potato Leek Soup, the Ten Mercer House Salad or Wild Green Salad. The Restaurant Week entrées are Grilled Sturgeon, Parmesan Crusted Petrale Sole, Fresh Steelhead Trout, Garlic Crusted Pan-Roasted Washington Chicken, Seared Petite Tenderloin Medallions, Wild Boar and Venison Sugo, Eggplant Rollotini Linguine, or Wild Mushroom Risotto. For dessert, choose from Vanilla Bean Custard, Profiteroles, and a Chocolate Torten.

The Melting PotThe Melting Pot: Enjoy some dipping at the Queen Anne location of The Melting Pot! Caesar Salad, the Melting Pot House Salad, or California Salad are options for appetizers. Entrée selections include the Melting Pot’s Triple Dip (Teriyaki marinated sirloin, all natural breast of chicken and tender white shrimp), their Signature Selection (All natural breast of chicken, citrus infused pork tenderloin, Atlantic salmon, chicken pot stickers), and a Vegetarian dipping option (Edamame or onion rings, artichoke hearts, Portobello mushrooms, thai peanut marinated tofu, asparagus, and ravioli). For dessert, choose from one of their chocolate fondues, with dark, milk, and white chocolate selections!

toulouse-petitToulouse Petit: Peso’s sister restaurant also has both lunch and dinner options for Restaurant Week…

  • Lunch (3 courses for $15): Appetizer selections are Yellow Beets and Haricots Verts with toasted walnuts and stilton bleu cheese; a Bibb Lettuce and Wild Arugula Salad; French Onion Soup Lyonnaise; or Cauliflower Soup with Dungeness Crab. Lunch entrées are Creole Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya; Wild Boar Bolognese; Fennel Braised Pork Shoulder Sugo with house-made ricotta gnocchi and sage; Prosciutto and Hot Coppa with house-made mozzarella, arugula and basil sandwich; The Toulouse Lamb Burger; or a Grilled Chicken Club with bacon and avocado. Indulge for dessert with a Valhrona Flourless Chocolate Torte, White Chocolate Bread Pudding, or Beignets with Chicory Anglaise.
  • Dinner (3 courses for $28): Enjoy some of the same lunch appetizers for dinner, as well as some additions: Yellow Beets and Haricots Verts with toasted walnuts and stilton bleu cheese; Hearts of Romaine Salad with crispy hot coppa and shaved Grana Padano; Rustic Duck and Pistachio Terrine; Cauliflower Soup with Dungeness Crab; or House-made Wild Boar Boudin Blanc with a hot pepper ‘chow chow’ jelly. Entrée selections include Wild Boar Bolognese sage, thyme, pappardelle, grana padano; Blackened Pacific Yellow Eye Snapper with a Creole crawfish-tasso sauce; Fennel Braised Pork Shoulder Sugo with house-made ricotta gnocchi and sage; Oven Roasted Duck Confit with brussels sprouts and house-made tasso; Grilled Half Chicken in a Tuscan marinade with a grilled sweet onion ‘caponata’ and salsa verde; or Gulf Shrimp, Crawfish and house-made andouille over creamy corn grits. The same dessert options that were available for lunch will be on the dinner menu.

triumph_logo_opti 2Triumph Bar: Appetizer options at Triumph Bar are Three Oysters, the West Coast
Salumi of the Day, Three Cheeses of the Chef’s selection, a Baby Kale Caesar salad with smoked trout, or Roasted Pumpkin Bisque with Dungeness crab, brown butter and sage. Choose from these entrées: Salmon Pastrami with fried pickles and a Dijon vinaigrette, Pork Belly Mac with truffle and chives, or a Short Rib with maple sweet potato puree and braised greens. Dessert options include Bread Pudding, Affogato, or Biscotti with Strawberry Jam.

Where are you headed for the fall round of Seattle Restaurant Week?

Featured photo from Thrillist.com.

Queen Anne Events: 7 Things to Do in April

We’re starting a new monthly tradition on the Queen Anne, Seattle blog! Near the end of each month, we’ll publish a list of events and activities to do in the following month. So, with no further ado, the following are the Queen Anne events taking place in April:

  1. April 7-11 & April 14-18 – Seattle Restaurant Week in Queen Anne: Restaurants all over Queen Anne are participating in this bi-annual event! Eat a three-course prix-fixe meal for $28 at several neighborhood restaurants including Betty Restaurant & Bar, Boat Street Café, Collections Café, How to Cook a Wolf, Peso’s Kitchen & Lounge, Ponti Seafood Grill, Portage, Ten Mercer, The Melting Pot Seattle, and Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge.
  2. April 9 – Interbay P-Patch Food Bank Gardening Kickoff Party: It’s the 25th season of Food Bank Gardening at the Interbay P-Patch! Come celebrate the beginning of the season with a kickoff gardening event on April 9th, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Interbay P-Patch (2451 15th Ave. W.). Come armed with your garden tools, seeds, and plantings! The volunteer gardeners grow food to donate to local food banks during the year, and meet every Tuesday through the end of October from 5:30 p.m. to dusk. Learn more on the P-Patch website.
  3. April 9 – Volunteer to Assess the Queen Anne Staircases: Sustainable Queen Anne is helping with the Queen Anne Greenway project by holding an evening assessment of the various Queen Anne staircases. This volunteer opportunity will take place on April 9th from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the latest, and will be auditing the different Queen Anne stairs to check for adequate lighting and conditions of disrepair or overgrowth. Please RSVP (required) to Jody or Heather.
  4. April 14 – Eat. Run. Hope. (Presented by Ethan Stowell Restaurants): Support Eastside Maternal Fetal Medicine on April 14th. Begin the day with a 5K run/walk at Seward Park, followed by a Chef’s Tent tasting, filled with samplings of food from Seattle’s best chefs (including How to Cook a Wolf’s Ethan Stowell). Wine pairings and microbrews will be available, and each registrant will receive a Mariner’s ticket. Click here for the schedule, more information, and ticket prices.
  5. GQACC LogoApril 18 – Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce April Luncheon: The QA Chamber holds their monthly luncheon this April 18th from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. This month, they’re holding a special “buy one, get one free” promotion: chamber members who bring a colleague or guest may enjoy the lunch at two for the price of one costs ($25 for two)! RSVP to contact@qachamber.org, or on their event listing. Lunch for non-members attending alone is $35.
  6. April 21 – Earth Day Tree Walk at the Seattle Center: Learn about Seattle’s urban forest by touring trees around the Space Needle. The event takes place on April 21st from 1-3 p.m., and attendees should meet outside the Fisher Pavilion. Visit seattle.gov/trees for more information.
  7. April 25 – Dining Out for Life in Queen Anne: Several Queen Anne restaurants will be participating in Dining Out for Life. It’s an annual event, where restaurants donate a portion of their proceeds (the following Queen Anne restaurants will be donating 30-50%) towards AIDS service organizations. On April 25th, Dine out for life at Lloyd Martin, McMenamins Queen Anne, or Ponti Seafood Grill.

Featured photo from the Seattle Restaurant Week website.