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Best on Belden? Plouf?

We are taking a friend to Belden Alley tonight because we think he will like the atmosphere there. We've never eaten there. I've heard Plouf is good, but I know there are a handful of other spots there as well. They all kinda look the same. Does anyone have a favorite?

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  1. I like B44 best.

    Plouf I like for moules-frites. Other stuff's kind of expensive.

    1. I like the mussels and frites at Plouf, but find their crammed seating distracting and annoying. Sitting outside, you'll find that you're literally 2-3 inches from the person sitting at the next table.

      Inside seating is slightly roomier, particularly if you can get the table by the fireplace.

      I haven't eaten at any of the other restaurants on Belden.

      1. I also like B44 the best. Plouf has several preparations of moules-frites, I remember one (I think it was the Mariniere) was better than two others I tried. I've also eaten at Cafe Tiramisu and Cafe Bastille but prefer B44 to them.

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        1. re: PekoePeony

          Mariniere is my favorite, basic garlic and white wine. The one with bacon and cream is also good.

        2. Plouf for mussels and pomme frites. B44 is lots of fun, paella, small plates.

          1. I used to think Plouf was good, but not anymore. I think I posted a recent visit review two weeks back. I do like that alley's vibe, I might give one of the other restaurant a try instead.

            1. I think Plouf is way too loud, hot (temperature-wise), and crowded, and the food I've had there wasn't any good and neither was the service.

              1. An old post, but I'm going to B44 for lunch today. What dishes do you like best at B44, other than the paella?

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                1. re: pane

                  Too late for lunch, but I just reposted my favorites a few days ago:

                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/37201...

                2. B44's slice of Catalonia - morcilla or baby squid to start, their version of zarzuela - Romescada seafood operetta...

                  1. Another B44 fan... stunning paella.

                    1. Had dinner at Plouf Friday night and it was excellent. Mussels were spot on, the bread is outstanding and the banana profiteroles for dessert were perfect. The three ladies sitting next to us order them and were amazed.

                      However, also a fan of B44, just that Plouf worked out. Oh, good wine list, had a Chateau Potrelle sauv. blanc that went perfect with the mussels.

                      1. B44 is one of our favorites in the city. I absolutely love the fideau negro (noodle paella).

                        1. Yet another vote for B44... Arroz Negro is my favorite there.