Affectionately dubbed "a little piece of France" by Christina Rowland of Real Frisco, Cafe Trottoir et Patisserie transports taste buds with Parisian-style bistro fare for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Dishes feature simple, elegant preparations, with numerous sauces and vinaigrettes drizzled across seared tuna steaks and roasted duck breasts. Mimicking money-booth contestants, pear and goat cheese step into a salad arena, where they compete to snatch the most pecans out of a slippery shower of lavender-honey vinaigrette. The steak frites' Black Angus terres major is pan-seared with red-wine pan jus and laid on a plate of pommes frites and baby greens.
Indoor meals unfurl under brass chandeliers bearing clusters of golden lamps. In fair weather, the sun-dappled outdoor terrace surrounds tables in tall trees bookended by stucco walls and a large outdoor fireplace.
Crepes for U dishes out pancake-like delights oozing with sweet and creamy fillings. The Chocco Rocco, for instance, is a clinic in decadence: scoops of vanilla ice cream wedge within a chewy crepe shell as a hazelnut-chocolate spread provides a creamy bed for crunchy chocolate sprinkles. Other crepes incorporate fresh fruit, butterscotch sauces, and fresh cream into the equation, resulting in indulgent desserts that could sweet talk their way into the most exclusive of CIA headquarters. Customers can even customize their crepes with extra scoops of butter pecan, Kona coffee, and double caramel dulce ice cream.
From the ninth floor, sweeping views of Arlington?s entertainment district fill the windows at Cacharel Restaurant. Cacharel?s menus list an array of steaks and seafood entrees to accompany the panorama, which includes views of Rangers Ballpark, Cowboys Stadium, and acres of trees planted between them so the buildings would stop fighting. Pale earth tones and plenty of natural light decorate the space as the staff exits the kitchen bearing swordfish piccata and center-cut pork rib chops. At the other end of the restaurant, views of serpentine roller coasters glimmer in the twilight as the staff tempts diners with homemade desserts. The Grand Ballroom portrays the same picturesque scenery through its seventh-floor windows and can be rented for weddings, meetings, and other gerunds.
Rustic charm meets opulent décor inside The Old Warsaw, where white tablecloths and burgundy drapes mingle with chandeliers and grand paintings, setting the scene for decadent plates of French continental cuisine honed over six decades. Dishes range from classic French fare such as escargot and chateaubriand to braised pheasant and roasted duck, all of which can be paired with any of 460 wines procured from regions such as Europe, North America, and South America. As diners sample rich seafood crepes and lobster bisque, live musicians tickle eardrums with soft melodies, special songs for birthdays and proposals, and occasional legal advice.
Cuisine Type: Contemporary French
Most popular offering: Mussels, poached egg, lemon sole
Delivery / Take-out Available: No
Alcohol: Full bar
Number of Tables: 11?25
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Please let us know of any special occasions or specific instructions for your evening.
Scott Gottlich's passion for food stemmed from his childhood experiences, but his wife Gina didn't discover her love of the culinary arts until later in life. That passion, and perhaps a bit of kismet, led her to leave her college career path and start working as a captain at Aubergine, where Scott was honing his skills in the kitchen. There, she and Scott met for the first time, and began their romance, as well as a journey toward opening their own restaurant. These days, Scott puts his culinary talents to work in the kitchens of the couple's first restaurant, Bijoux, while Gina uses her refined, sommelier-trained palate to assemble the wine list.
It's a winning combination. Bijoux holds numerous awards, including a four diamond rating from AAA and a callout in Bon Appetit as one of the country's Best New Restaurants in 2007. Scott himself received accolades from Restaurant Hospitality as a Rising Star of the culinary world, and he continues to earn acclaim with dishes such as his kataffi-wrapped prawns. He cooks them until they're lightly crisped before topping them with a spinach emulsion, goat cheese sauce, and roasted beets. Scott says he wants every item on the menu to have clean flavors that "express the full voice of the ingredients." It's a true culinary challenge, as few chefs can still get vegetables to sing after they've been cooked.