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evangross Jul 25, 2006 08:18 PM

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. Robert Lauriston RE: evangross Jul 25, 2006 08:38 PM

    I like B44 best.

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

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      dsl RE: evangross Jul 25, 2006 09:17 PM

      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.

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        PekoePeony RE: evangross Jul 25, 2006 10:11 PM

        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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          Robert Lauriston RE: PekoePeony Jul 25, 2006 11:14 PM

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

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          rtmonty RE: evangross Jul 25, 2006 11:09 PM

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

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            OnceUponABite RE: evangross Jul 25, 2006 11:16 PM

            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. Atomica RE: evangross Jul 25, 2006 11:34 PM

              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. pane RE: evangross Feb 21, 2007 10:06 AM

                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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                  Robert Lauriston RE: pane Feb 21, 2007 05:08 PM

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

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

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                  jimtak RE: evangross Feb 21, 2007 10:38 AM

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

                  1. Carrie 218 RE: evangross Feb 21, 2007 11:19 AM

                    Another B44 fan... stunning paella.

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                      rtmonty RE: evangross Feb 21, 2007 05:06 PM

                      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. anna RE: evangross Feb 21, 2007 09:09 PM

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

                        1. Pincho RE: evangross Feb 22, 2007 07:24 PM

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

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