Cupid Plays the Odds

Does Restaurant Ronit/Café Beignet pass Valentine's Day muster?

"What happened to the sour cream?" I asked the waiter. He went to the kitchen to ask the chef.

"It's in there," he said when he came back, leaning over and inspecting my gravy. "That's the way he always makes it." Maybe there was a thimbleful of sour cream in there, but the chef sure wasn't wasting any.

While the food wasn't terribly exciting, the atmosphere was lovely. My date and I were seated at a banquette in the cozy dining room. We chose to sit romantically side by side against the back wall, and the owner came over and lit a candle on our table to enhance the lighting. My dining companion was quite fond of the place.

Location Info


Restaurant Ronit

5381 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77056

Category: Restaurant > French

Region: Galleria


11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 11a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays; 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays; 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays.

Gulf bouillabaisse $20
Eggs Sardou $11
Beignets (order of three) $2.10
Four-course brunch $40
Chicken crepes $17
Beef stroganoff $22

5381 Westheimer, 713-626-9664.

But Restaurant Ronit/Café Beignet was no longer in the running for a Valentine's Day meal. It's not that the restaurant wasn't good enough for the occasion. In fact, if we were going to be in town, I think I'd try to make reservations for brunch. But we're going away for the weekend. I finally realized that there isn't a restaurant in the whole city that's romantic enough to get me off the hook for last year's fluorescent-lit fiasco at the racetrack. So, I booked a suite in a romantic New Orleans bed-and-breakfast. I hope they have nice lighting.

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