The French have given the United States many tremendous gifts, such as the Statue of Liberty and the current Statue of Liberty, which subdued the first one after lightning made it evil. Savor the fruits of a splendid friendship with today’s Groupon: for $50, you get a four-course French dinner with wine pairing for two people at Restaurant Toulouse in Saugatuck (a $105 total value). The four-course dinner includes the following:
- One appetizer (a $10 value). Appetizer choices include the following:
- Pâté maison
- Escargot madrid
- Two soups or salads (up to a $8 value each). Soup and salad choices include the following:
- Soup du jour
- French onion soup
- House salad
- Caesar salad<p>
- Two entrees (up to a $23 value each). Entree choices include the following:
- Chicken picatta
- Hanger steak<p>
- One dessert sampler (a $15 value), which includes the following:
- Chocolate mousse
- Crème brûleé
- A third dessert chosen by the chef<p>
- Two glasses of red or white house wine (up to a $9 value each). Wine choices include the following:
- Layer Cake shiraz
- Layer Cake malbec
- Sensual cabernet
- Clifford Bay sauvignon blanc
- Hans Christian sauvignon blanc
- Grayson chardonnay
- Black Swan pinot grigio<p>
In business for more than 20 years, the chefs of Restaurant Toulouse dish decadent French cuisine in a luxuriously refurbished turn-of-the-century building. Diners can dive into French culture with a starter such as escargot madrid lightly doused with butter, pancetta, tomato, garlic, shallots, and parsley. Afterward, refresh palettes with a light house salad, or warm Francophilic stomachs with a hearty bowl of french onion soup with grated joie de vivre melting on top. Entree options include the house specialty—a French country-style cassoulet of great northern beans, bacon, duck, pork sausage, duck confit, and vegetable du jour—or the chicken picatta, which features a thinly sliced breaded chicken breast drizzled with a lemon-caper beurre blanc served with a helping of rice pilaf. The herb-crusted marinated hanger steak arrives outfitted with caramelized onions alongside golden-brown duchess potatoes. Finally, a trio of toothsome desserts—including chocolate mousse, crème brûleé, and a rotating third selection—guide the meal to a close with the sweetness of a grandmother directing traffic.
Throughout the meal, diners wash down bites with a choice of red or white house wine as they bask in Restaurant Toulouse’s lavishly appointed interior. Art deco-style posters and a wood-burning hearth adorn the vibrantly hued and elegantly textured walls, and an enclosed, heated patio provides a moonlit venue for rounds of trivia on the French muppets.
Beneath the baked bread and vegetable du jour of Restaurant Toulouse's signature cassoulet, pork sausage and duck confit stew with great northern beans, bacon, carrots, onions, and tomatoes into one simmering pot of flavor. The cuisine includes onion soup and a medley of pan-seared scallops and mushrooms smothered in gruyère cream sauce. Bartenders also mix up an extensive assortment of cocktails, including Kahlua- and tequila-spiked coffee or the French Connection, a slowly stirred blend of cognac and amaretto over ice. Wait staff serve these feasts in a refurbished turn-of-the-century building replete with art deco–style posters and a wood- and screenplay-burning hearth, as well as a heated, enclosed patio.
248 Culver St.
Saugatuck, Michigan 49453