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Louis XIII-Edina MN

michael | May 6, 200405:54 PM

This restaurant had their "soft" opening a few weeks ago. It's located in the food district of Southdale next to Maggiano's. Don't bother to go until after their "official" opening on May 16th; Fhima and his gang have lots of tweaking to do. The onion soup was caramelized and had a very sweet, salty, and-get this-spicy taste. Is onion soup a la francaise supposed to be spicy? Help me out on this. The Croque Monsieur was butterier/greasier/oilier than most greasy spoon grilled ham and cheese sandwiches. The only winner was the bread w/honey chive infused butter and the fries, served in a paper cone set into tall stemware. A little mustard was dabbed on the paper, but not enough. I've always prefered mustard, even Bernaise sauce, to ketchup with my fries. However, here's the thing, the fries taste and are shaped just like golden arches fries, except with little trapezoids of potato skins on the ends, and more expensive.

The surroundings are very lavish, excepting the transparent plastic indoor bar chairs. Black and red heavy curtains in the dining rooms, black and white checkered flooring downstairs, white canopied booths upstairs, an elevator to get you up and down with a view of their wine bins. Their menu has 850 bottles of wine, and only a few beers on tap, notably Kronenburg.

If you could taste ambience and service, this place would be a great destination.

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