I just informed my husband of where I would like to have dinner in December to celebrate our thirty-first wedding anniversary – Cafe Rabelais! It is located in Rice Village at 2442 Times Blvd in Houston. I even know exactly what I will order – Steak & Frites made with Black Truffle and Cognac Cream. And, for dessert, Profiteroles which are Puff Pastries served with Vanilla Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, Warm Chocolate Sauce and Nuts. Their portions were very generous! And, how do I know this? I just enjoyed this wonderful meal there with my daughter, Nina! Cafe Rabelais offers an extensive menu of French cuisine as well as wines including Escargots, Lemon Sole Meunière and Margret de Canard.
What is equally interesting is the name of this establishment, “Cafe Rabelais.” Francois Rabelais (c. 1483 – 1553), was a French writer, priest and medical doctor. He went by the pseudonym, Alcofribas Nasier, and published “Gargantua,” a series of satirical books. The first of these books was entitled, “Pantagruel,” in which he coined the expression, “parce que rire est le propre de l’homme” translated “because laughter is the characteristic of man.” This has also been interpreted to mean, “eat, drink and be merry.” In addition, in his book he wrote this inscription on the gate of Rabelais’ “Abbey of Theleme,” “Fay ce que vouldras” which means “Do what thou wilt.” Cafe Rabelais is the perfect setting to do just that!
2442 Times Blvd, Houston, TX 77005