27 Main St., Riverwalk
Frites owner Jon Walsh and chef Roland Coulumbe traveled to the streets of Paris to gather inspiration for the Edwards eatery. The result: A casual bistro rich in cuisine and atmosphere that won’t break the bank.
Spend a serene evening dining riverside on the spacious patio enjoying Frites’ French fare. Bocce ball courts run through the grass beside the creek if diners feel inspired to fire up a friendly game between courses. Those who prefer to dine inside can enjoy the view through tall picture windows from the elegant, warmly lit European-style dining room emblazoned in dark wood and tones of gold and burgundy. In the mood for drinks and apps? Sit upstairs in the open-air bar overlooking the grand room.
Everything at the French-inspired steakhouse is made from scratch. To no surprise, the French bistro has mastered the steak frites. The Steak Bordelaise prime cut is sliced thin, cooked until tender, and topped off with caramelized onions and red wine demi glaze. The juicy Filet Mignon with merlot butter assures a savory explosion in every bite. A new light-fare menu brings summer freshness to the restaurant.
Mussel Madness Choose from a variety of authentic mussel creations from the coast of France. The Saffron Cream Mussels offer a heartier bite of shellfish with caramelized onions, lardons and wild mushrooms. On the lighter side, try the Basquez Mussels basking in roasted tri-color peppers, onions, white wine, garlic and parsley.
Before diving into steak, try the refreshing, melt-in-your-mouth tuna carpaccio drizzled with wasabi dressing or the warm, bursting-with-flavor onion soupe au gratin.
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