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Cafe Rabelais Restaurant Review: In name, this Rice Village bistro honors the 16th-century philosopher of food and wine. But it's also a tribute to strong family ties. Owners Laurence and Chris Paul are daughter and son-in-law of Houston’s own reigning French royalty, veteran chef Georges Guy. Café Rabelais’ small interior is warm and charming with a genuine European air, and there are lingering and daily-changing menu selections scribbled on a chalkboard (you might just luck into the famous Rabelais moules). At lunch, if available, we go for the pâté de campagne but will settle for the tuna salad sandwich on crunchy French bread. Dinner might start with escargots before moving on to duck breast with a pear and brandy sauce. Don’t pass up the tart du jour or the affordable and very French cheese plates, and feel free to enjoy one of the six hundred wines on offer.