A First Look at Allô French Rotisserie: Casual and Comforting French Food in Vintage Park
Wherever you go in Paris, you will find a multitude of cafes and bistros showcasing whole rotisserie chickens in their windows. Thankfully, you don't have to spend much time scouring the streets in search of a hot, juicy chicken -- your nose will lead you in the right direction.
Photo from Allô French Rotisserie Facebook Allô French Rotisserie specializes in rotisseries -- each day there is a meat on offer, along with chicken.
In Houston, you can find rotisserie chickens on menus at a few restaurants, but unfortunately, they're usually pieces of rotisserie chicken rather than whole birds. You can also settle for the bagged rotisseries at the grocery stores (which aren't bad options). But it's safe to say our city is in need of a few more local establishments serving meats and fowl cooked in this traditional manner. And that is where Allô French Rotisserie comes into play.
This rotisserie-centered French restaurant opened in Vintage Park just a few weeks ago. Eric Goldner (a mastermind behind Hubbell & Hudson) established Allô to be a casual, laid-back establishment serving French fare without the ritzy, fancy feel most French restaurants in Houston strive for.
Upon walking inside, you are greeted with relaxing French music softly playing in the background and the strong, wonderful aromas of chicken and meat cooking on the rotisserie.
Photo by Molly Dunn We began our meal with the charcuterie and cheese tray; it was perfect for sharing with four people.
Allô's service is similar to that at Fielding's Wood Grill (another establishment from former Hubbell & Hudson partners) -- you order at the counter, take a seat and the rest of the meal is waiter service. Unfortunately, this ordering method means you must make decisions quickly if you want to start with an appetizer, enjoy a cup of soup, or have a glass of wine or beer with your meal. But once you take a seat, your waiter will bring your food in a timely manner so that you can enjoy each course as you would in any other restaurant.