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Toulouse Petit Restaurant Review: Toulouse Petit is a dramatic New Orleans-inspired brasserie celebrating Creole, Cajun and French cuisines. However, instead of a clichéd re-creation of a New Orleans-style restaurant, the place exudes a vibrant, contemporary French Quarter vibe. At night, the seductive room glimmers with hundreds of candles, and during the day it feels like a quirky art project. Brian Hutmacher---who also owns Pesos, the high-energy Mexican restaurant next door---has worked some voodoo to create a distinctive restaurant experience offering high-end but reasonably priced cooking. The ambitious menu spotlights New Orleans classics such as spicy, rich jambalaya, an authentic gumbo, blackened red fish, and crawfish etouffée. Big Easy companions include homemade charcuterie (terrines, rillettes, sausage), classic bistro salads, soups, poultry prepared four ways---such as a black pepper-molasses half chicken with wilted garlic mustard greens---and fresh seafood ranging from Gulf shrimp to bayou crawfish, which are shipped in daily. Also, check out the selection of fairly priced, USDA Prime steaks paired with various sauces. If that’s not enough, there’s a lamb burger, duck, and spicy fried alligator. Libations range from classic Southern cocktails to thoughtful, well-rounded wine selections. Toulouse Petit hosts one of Seattle’s best happy hours, and also serves a traditional New Orleans-style brunch.