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Chain restos in Paris

wyf4lyf May 20, 2005 01:04 PM

OK...please don't shoot me...but I'm just curious about some of the chain restaurants in Paris. I was thinking it might be interesting to try one of them, just to get an idea of what they're like. At the risk of being thrown off the Chowhound board, I must confess that I do enjoy some chain restaurants here in the states so I got to thinking that perhaps some of the chains in Paris might not be so bad. Might be an intersting experience, if nothing else.

Has anyone dared go into the likes of Chez Clement or Hippopotamus...or any of the other chains?


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    Live-To-Eat RE: wyf4lyf May 20, 2005 02:47 PM


    Nothing wrong with liking chains...as long as it's not The Olive Garden in the U.S.!!!

    Chez Clement has been spoken about positively on this board not too long ago. You can do a search.

    Had also heard decent things about a Paris chain called Chez Papa (?)

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      Busk RE: Live-To-Eat May 20, 2005 03:22 PM

      Like in the US, chains in France tend to not have very good food, but some people don't mind them. I steer clear of even all the Flo and Freres Blanc owned brasseries these days. The food is just not very good value for the price.

      If I had to pick one chain I'd eat at in Paris, I'd go for the Hippo, after which I'd go to McDonalds or just get a sandwich Grec.

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        Live-To-Eat RE: Busk May 22, 2005 02:21 PM

        Just wondering if you happen to know if BISTROT DE BRETEUIL (7th arr.) is part of one of the Paris chains you mentioned.

        Overall we have heard good comments about them but wanted to ask here as well.

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          Busk RE: Live-To-Eat May 22, 2005 05:46 PM

          I am not sure, but I think you can check the Internet for the Flo or Freres Blancs groups to find out. I have a feeling it is not, but I could be wrong.

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          Tracy RE: Busk May 23, 2005 01:02 AM

          Leon de Bruxelles is really very decent. They are all about mussels. The fries are good - hot and crisp outside and smooth but not dry on the inside. The gratineed mussels with pesto are very good, and with any of the gratineed menu options you get a second plate of mussels and more hot fries. A real deal for Americans struggling with the exchange rate! The waffles with ice cream and dark chocolate are not a bad way to end the meal.

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            luvness746 RE: Tracy Mar 1, 2007 04:35 PM

            I second the recommendation for Leon de Bruxelles. It was a good deal especially for the price. Food was great and the waffles are delicious.

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        david RE: wyf4lyf May 20, 2005 05:17 PM

        Aside from Pizza Hut, McDonalds, etc. you will see a number of French chains, Hippopotamus, Bistro Romain, Sgt Recruiter, Leon de Bruxelles come to mind. To me, a trip to Paris is too short to piss away a lunch or dinner slot at one of these.

        Contrary to what another poster said, I somewhat like some of the Freres Blanc units, especially le Procope. I often eat there the first night in Paris when I am tired from traveling, so not really up to a gastronomic dinner, but the food is certainly good enough to let you know you are back in France. They have a 24e menu, although with fairly limited selections, so it is not unfairly priced, although you can spend more if you order off the carte.

        I have included a link to the Freres Blanc website.

        Link: http://www.freresblanc.com

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          Bill Strzempek RE: wyf4lyf May 20, 2005 09:40 PM

          I've had sit down quick lunches and walked away with many GREAT take-away baguettes from the chain PAUL.

          I also have posted about the Pizza Pino chain having a nice thin crust pizza with creame fraiche and salmon if you need something late late at night.

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            EllieH RE: wyf4lyf May 23, 2005 09:32 AM

            We ate at Chez Clement last June and thought it was very good. They have a lot of fresh seafood and the grilled assortment of meats that we had was delicious. Pretty also - I refer to as the French Martha Stewart. I wouldn't hesitate at all.

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              Gratin RE: wyf4lyf Mar 2, 2007 06:49 AM

              I've been watching the the proliferation of chains and fast food places since the 70's with alarm. There seems to be a direct correlation between the increase in the numbers of "MacDo's", "Flunch's" etc. and the size of the national waistline!

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                CJT RE: wyf4lyf Mar 2, 2007 12:51 PM

                I fully agree with the Paul chain but mostly for sandwiches and other light fare. Stopped at one which had Croque-Monsieur on thick, flat pieces of bread and it was the best I have ever eaten. Resaonably priced as well. This is mostly a bread store but they have food to take out and some tables depending on the store.

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