On a sunny, but not too warm, Saturday afternoon, Cafe Toulouses outdoor patio looked very appealing. And with complimentary valet parking, we were sold on the idea. Cafe Toulouse must be a popular weekend spot. Even at 1:00pm, there was a wait for inside seating. Since we chose outdoor seating, we were seated immediately. The brunch menu as well as the regular menu were being offered at this time. \r
Our waters and crusty french bread with butter came immediately after seating. I ordered the softshell crab sandwich with pomme frites and my companion ordered the orange French toast with a side of applewood smoked bacon. Our food arrived within 15 minutes of ordering.\r
The batter on the crab was light and crispy and the foccacia bread tasted freshly baked. One complaint though, the poblano tartare sauce on the sandwich did not really stand out, the poblano flavor wasnt at all evident. The pomme frites, on the other hand, were absolutely delighful, not too greasy, crispy and crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, and lightly salted. \r
Served with powdered sugar, maple syrup, butter cream, and assorted fresh berries, the orange French toast was a real treat. The aroma of tangy orange reached your nose before you even took a bite. The French toast was crunchy along the edges, and soft (but not soggy) towards the center. The bacon was smokey but a little too greasy. \r
The atmosphere at Cafe Toulouses patio is wonderful on a good weather day for brunch, with a view of the jogging trail to the west and plenty of people/car watching along Knox Street. The menu has a good variety (especially with the combination of the brunch and regular menus) and would warrant another visit. Service was friendly and efficient, our water glasses were always refilled on time. One menu item that will stand out in my mind for a while (despite its simplicity) is the pomme frites. I may come back just for an appetizer order of those.
Pros: Patio atmosphere, pomme frites
Cons: A little expensive