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400 E. Fifth St.
Kansas City  Missouri  64106
United States
(816) 474-6060
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Midwest Living Review

Hannah Agran and Lisa Waterman Gray
An upscale, family-owned authentic French eatery, The Crazy Frenchman delivers.

Cross your fingers that you get the French server here; it's not that you won't enjoy your meal if you don't, but sharing your evening with someone who says "Bon Apetit" with no hint of affectation makes a night at Le Fou Frog all the more special. Vintage French advertisements and street signs cover the walls, and outside, romantic Japanese lanterns hang above the patio tables. Glance around, and half the tables have a bottle of wine. It's a happy, happy place, thanks in no small part to good-humored husband-wife owners Mano and Barbara Rafael. But enough about that. Let's talk food. Located on the fringe of the foodie-hub that is City Market, Le Fou Frog is Kansas City's go-to French bistro, and it deserves the reputation it enjoys. The standby French onion soup is fabulous, rich but not overwhelmed by the leathery blanket of cheese so common at other restaurants. In typical French fashion, the menu is heavy on seafood and meat; an inquiry as to whether they serve vegetarian entrees was met with a simple, unapologetic, "No, we don't." (Veggie-lovers shouldn't fear, though; the salad list offers plenty of solid options.) On our visit, we sampled duck breast with raspberry sauce and, feeling adventurous, kangaroo. Both were tasty, though perhaps a hair tough, but the buttery, herby wild rice was to-die-for. The dessert list focuses on standards: profiteroles, crme brulee, chocolate mousse, a cheese plate. The tarte tatin is excellent, upside-down apple tart served with vanilla ice cream and luscious caramel sauce. There's even a parting gift: truffles with your check. (That's a wise move; it's easier to swallow the $100+ tab for a party of two when your mouth is full of free chocolate.) Note: Le Fou Frog is quite small and fills up fast, particularly on weekends. Reservations are highly recommended. By 2:00 pm on Saturday we were already quite limited in the available times for that evening.

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