Toulouse Cafe & Bar
This Dallas import, with its white walls, wood panels, and bentwood chairs, is more Paris than Big D (for our new River Oaks District, that is). And we like the shaded front patio. Top marks go to the crusty, warm baguette to start, the moules marinières (big, plump mussels in white wine broth), the lobster bisque rich with chunks of seafood, crème fraîche, and tarragon, and the thick filet served with creitdable béarnaise and great crisp fries. Less successful? Undercooked, hard brussels sprouts with limp lardons and a foie gras terrine, tasty enough but overpriced at $22. Servers are amiable but could use a bit more training.