Edison Park French restaurant from the people behind Zia's.

Our Review

A French restaurant that wants to be taken seriously is certainly sending the wrong signal by adopting a frog as its mascot, and definitely compounding the problem by adopting a name as corny as Cafe Touche. But this bustling Edison Park bistro, run by chef Joe Calabrese of the nearby Zia's Trattoria, otherwise hits all the right notes—it's an affordable, comfortable neighborhood spot executing simple classics perfectly well, with an equally accessible wine list. In addition to a handful of steaks, served with big tangles of gossamer, thinly shaved frites, there's a buttery Alsatian onion tart; two huge slabs of house-made paté; a deep bowl of bouillabaisse that smells like a field of fennel; a crispy roasted half duck, bathed in butter and shaved artichoke; and big bushes of frisee undergirding goat cheese croquettes or delicate poached eggs and lardons. About the only thing that matches the name and the logo are the American-size portions.

Mike Sula

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