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.
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Honing masterful buttercream- and fondant-molding skills over the course of her more than 12-year career, cake artist Kelly Barr fashions custom cakes, wedding cakes, and cheesecakes into colorful and stylish centerpieces. With 11 cake flavors such as red velvet, chocolate espresso, and pink champagne, the confections don a choice of six icings and fruity or decadent fillings, transforming into custom cakes that layer sweet flavors like a pileup on a gingerbread village’s iced roads. The shop also showcases 16 varieties of cheesecake, which take on an ultracreamy texture during their eight-hour stints in the oven. Kelly can also equip patrons with the skills to build their own vibrant sweets with in-home cake-decorating parties, in which up to 10 guests outfit their own 6-inch cakes in buttercream or fondant to create frosting flowers, miniature animals, and edible Do Not Eat signs.
Cuisine Type: Custom cakes and baked goods
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Number of Tables: 5?10
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: We are located on the northwest-side of Preston Road and Warren. Our storefront faces Warren.
Q&A with the Owner
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
A delicious mix of baked goods and breakfast and lunch options, which include cookies, cupcakes, ready-made cakes, quiche, soup, and hot panini.
What is one of your most popular offerings? How is it prepared?
Our most popular items are cakes, cookies, and cupcakes made with all-natural, whole ingredients.
Cupcakes may be in the name, but when it comes to desserts, N V Cupcakes is no one-trick pony. Sure, the bakery whips up fresh batches of buttercream-topped cupcakes every day, but those are only one of the decadent, handcrafted treats on display here. On any given day, you'll also find gourmet brittles, brownie cupcake cups, and marshmallow crispy treats. And then there are the bite-size cake balls and cookie "sammies", the latter of which feature two freshly baked cookies stuffed, as most sandwiches are, with rich buttercream. For special occasions such as weddings or birthdays, the bakers create custom full-size cakes or build cupcake towers that hold dozens of their pint-sized specialties.
For bakers Nancy and Carisa Newsom, no cake is too difficult to master. They specialize in both decorative cakes that are sculpted into three-dimensional pieces of art, as well as allergen-free cakes that can be made without gluten, sugar, or dairy products. No matter what goes into their cakes, they take great pride in creating their own signature flavors, such as pink champagne cake with mimosa filling. For special occasions, they can customize their creations both inside and out, adding a splash of liquor to the cake or piping polka dots or bows on the icing. The two also whip up cupcakes, cookies, and cake balls if you prefer desserts that fit in the palm of your hand or the tailpipe of your neighbor's car.