The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
One of the best meals I’ve had in a while; amazing from start to finish.
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:
I have had Petit Trois on my list for a LONG time and for one reason or another, I’ve never made it in. My mom and I arrived around 2pm on a weekday and were seated right away. It seems a late lunch is ideal if you want to avoid a wait. I knew this restaurant was small, but I imagined a few tables for 2. Small is an understatement. It is essentially a wide hallway with a kitchen and 2 bars. I think the staff makes up more than half the room capacity, but it works. The vibe is fun with slightly louder-than-normal music and everyone is very friendly.
Sun – Thurs 12pm – 10pm
Fri – Sat 12pm – 11pm
What I ate:
- Steak tartare ($19)
- Confit fried chicken leg ($24)
- Big Mec double cheeseburger ($18)
Light, tasty, and not too in your face. Steak tartare is an art; from the bread to the sauce – it all has to be right. Petit Trois’ version was just that. It wasn’t too mustard heavy or vinegar-y, it was deliciously simple.
This is America, land of the free and home of the burger. They are everywhere and can range from $1 to upwards of $40. There isn’t a shortage of good burgers, but there are twice as many bad ones. When you go to a restaurant, especially a nice one, it seems like a basic choice. You might tell yourself “A burger? I just had one. And at a French restaurant I should probably go with the duck or steak or escargot.” I’m here to tell you, you should make room for the burger. This French restaurant probably does an amazing steak or escargot and if you have room I’d try those too, but don’t cheat yourself out of this burger. It’s a bit of magic. There are 2 patties, although they are pretty thin so you’re getting about a regular serving of meat, and then there’s the cheese. It’s strange because the burger isn’t oozing with cheese, but the cheese almost melts into the meat, making the flavors seamless. Add to that their sauce and you get a burger you shouldn’t miss.
I could ramble on about this chicken or insert a gif of my eyes lighting up when I talk about it, but I’ll keep it short and sweet (and very enthusiastically sincere). This is the best chicken I’ve ever had. From the bread crumbs to the salad, it was perfection.