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Fast-Casual French Cafés?

genslay Oct 14, 2010 09:23 AM

Hello! I recently visited Paris and have become obsessed with French cuisine. I know I couldn't have picked a more common obsession, but I can't help it!

I've eaten at a few of the well known French restaurants (Cadot, etc), but I'm interested in the more fast-casual Parisian-style Café restaurant. La Madelein is an example of the type of place/price range I'm looking for, but with better food. I know La Madelein is French like the Olive Garden is Italian and I want to avoid that.

Any suggestions for places around the metroplex?


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    luniz Oct 14, 2010 10:51 AM

    I can't think of a place off the top of my head, but have you been to Rise?

    1. amokscience Oct 14, 2010 05:00 PM

      I've eaten at Lavendou (North Dallas on Preston neat GWB) and Toulouse (Knox Henderson) and had good experiences. Prices higher than La Madeleine but can't really think of anything else that's French bistro-ish.

      19009 Preston Rd. Ste 200, Dallas, TX 75252

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        Analisas mom Oct 14, 2010 07:26 PM

        Lavendou and Toulouse are both very good. I just ate at ToulouseTuesday afternoon and it was great. Very French with sidewalk dining.

        19009 Preston Rd. Ste 200, Dallas, TX 75252

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          Mike C. Miller Oct 15, 2010 04:19 PM

          Regrettably, Dallas lacks a good French Bistro style restaurant. It just doesn't exist. Toulouse is the closest imitation we have and it's not really very close. Nor is there a really good version of the small family-run neighborhood French restaurant that is so common in Paris, either. Lavendou is somewhat in that vein, but it has Provencal influences, as I recall, which one doesn't often see in Paris proper. (And frankly, I don't remember it's Provencal menu being all too authentic.)

          19009 Preston Rd. Ste 200, Dallas, TX 75252

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          1. re: Mike C. Miller
            DallasDude Oct 16, 2010 06:08 PM


            Parigi Restaurant
            3311 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

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            J.R. Oct 18, 2010 08:42 AM


            I know exactly what you are referring to. You are talking about what the French call a Cafe, not a Bistro. Unfortunately, it ain't here. I have spent alot of time in France and dearly miss those places here. Rise is the closest you will find. Otherwise, I've found that you can find the necessary ingredients here and make your own.

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              foodie06 Oct 22, 2010 02:08 AM

              Bonnie Ruths

              Bonnie Ruths Cafe
              6959 Lebanon Rd # 110, Frisco, TX

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                GertieHound Oct 27, 2010 01:33 AM

                If there is such a thing in all of Texas, I'd love to know where. The one good thing about it, because of that we are always eager for a trip back to Paris

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