A piece of France in North Dallas

Published August 14, 2010 by f l

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, a French lawyer, politician, and famous gastronome, once wrote: “The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of the human race than the discovery of a star.” That was easy for him to say. He was living in France in the early 1800s, when appreciating good food and eating well were part of the French identity. Fresh, local, and regional cooking wasn’t a trend; it was a way of life. For many years, fine dining in Dallas was defined by exceptional French restaurants, but today you have to seek out the little enclaves of French food that still exist around town. However, veteran chef Jean-Marie Cadot has sparked a new French food revolution in North Dallas. At his namesake restaurant, you’ll find traditional duck terrine, a thick slab of coarsely textured meat studded with pale green pistachios and black truffles, escargot swimming in Pernod-spiked herb butter thickened with cream, and dessert soufflés that rise as high as the toques in the kitchen.Once the dinner plates are cleared, you’ll discover profiteroles, apple tarts, and other new and elegant dishes all guaranteed to make you happy!