Proust’s most famous passage, the subject of a Saturday Night Live skit many years ago, refers to a small French cookie, known as madeleines. A venerable chain restaurant of a similar name, albeit a franchise/chain out of Texas, is La Madeline Country French Café, which offers delicious French food in Old Town at 500 King.
Madeleine bills itself as a place for specialty French coffee and pastries, and of course, wine, but also offers light fare. Their “signature dish” is a rotisserie chicken with rosemary. A half bird is 7.99—about the same cost as a glass of French wine.
But the best deal are the soups: tomato basil, French onion, or soup of the day at 4.99 a bowl. Add bread and a salad and you have a simple and affordable meal.
Sometimes a chain restaurant can “get it right” and L’Madeleine does a good job of offering light fare at reasonable prices in a casual but elegant environment—which is the essential concept of country French.
Famous in Dallas for breakfasts, for L’Madeleine, time will tell how Old Town accepts this addition to its lineup of restaurants. But in the interim, if you want an affordable but very good dining experience, check out L’Madeleine. http://lamadeleine.com/menu/dinner