Oh Toulouse Petit, you are magnificent. You bring brunch to an entire new level of deliciousness. Admittedly, I have never eaten at Toulouse for any meal other than brunch, but I could only imagine how incredibly tasty it would be. If their lunch and dinner are a fraction of what their brunch is like, then it is probably phenomenal! Toulouse has been a staple of Seattle cuisine for many years and is a spot where people will line up for early and wait in line for over and over again just to get a taste. They are most famous for their creole dishes, especially their benedicts. They also have a wonderful selection of boozy cocktails for brunch, or really any time of the day.
I first stumbled upon Toulouse about 6 years ago and since then, it has only gained in popularity. If you want a chance at eating here, I have a few suggestions – 1) make reservations, 2) go early, and 3) go on a weekday. Bonus points for going during a week day because they have breakfast happy hour from 10-11am, where the majority of their dishes are discounted; talk about a win-win situation! I will mention now, if you want their classic buttermilk pancakes or bananas fosters pancakes then you should check them out on the weekend because that is the only time you will be able to get these delights. Trust me though, there is still plenty of deliciousness on the menu to check them out during the week.
Alright, let’s get into their food. Definitely start your meal off with an order of their beignets! They are freshly fried and come warm with a dusting of powdered sugar. They are also served with a coffee anglaise for dunking. Also grab a french press coffee for the table to give you the kick you need in the morning. If you are wanting something a bit stronger, grab a few mimosas or a bloody mary – they also have a great selection of brunch cocktails and non-alcoholic cocktails for all to enjoy. On my recent trip, I grabbed their Strawberry Bliss which is a non-alcoholic cocktail made with strawberries, citrus and carbonation. It was very refreshing and light! Now for the main dishes. Like I mentioned above, they are best known for their benedicts. In fact, they have the largest selection of benedicts I have ever seen at one restaurant and I am SO here for it! They have 8 options. EIGHT! It is so hard to choose, but my top 2 are the Dungeness Crab and Acadiana. These two both feature dungeness crab, which is a PNW delight. The acadiana also has prawns and andouille with a slightly spicy creole hollandaise. If you aren’t in the mood for a benedict, no worries they’ve got you covered. If you still want to indulge in a creole dish, my recommendations are the Shrimp Creole & Grits, Crispy Tasso Cakes, or the Bayou Fisherman’s Breakfast. If seafood isn’t your vibe, check these dishes out: Flank Steak & Eggs, Creme Caramel French Toast, or the Classic Egg Breakfast.
TLDR: don’t skip the beignets or benedicts! For their full menu and reservations, click here.