After he took the throne, Napoleon instituted the tradition of serving bread with every meal to put his mother's baguette-heavy care packages to use. Indulge in French tradition with today's Groupon to Bonnie Ruth's Bistro Français et Patisserie at Watters Creek in Allen. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of French bistro fare for lunch or dinner for up to three people.
- For $20, you get $40 worth of French bistro fare for dinner for four or more people.
Dinner begins daily at 5 p.m.
Culinary maestros craft authentic French cuisine and homemade desserts in the chic confines of Bonnie Ruth's Bistro Français et Patisserie. The bistro's extensive menu unveils an eclectic array of lunch and dinner entrees, including chicken pesto nestled into a french roll ($8.75) and moules marnière—Prince Edward Island mussels brushed with buttery lemon and garlic and ushered tableside in a cast-iron skillet ($11, $16 with shrimp). Alternately, savor dinner specialties such as cassoulet moderne, which invites Bayonne ham and Andouille sausage to competitively can-can with pork loin chops and duck confit in a pool of white-bean ragout ($25). Seared ahi tuna steak bashfully dons a coat of sesame-spice crust before canoodling with sautéed spinach beneath a silky blanket of sesame oil ($14).
On Thursday evenings, live music swells throughout the eatery's warmly lit interior as attentive servers impersonate chess pieces along the black-and-white-checkered floor. On the outdoor patio, light bulbs line the crimson awning and blushing umbrellas keep delicate tables and chairs from tanning prematurely.
Bonnie Ruth's Cafe Trottoir et Patisserie
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.