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tsang Oct 27, 2006 06:17 PM

Does anybody know of any good French Bistro food in Cleveland?

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    mrnyc Oct 28, 2006 03:47 AM

    of course, no need for the 3 question mark drama there is plenty. BARICELLI INN, despite the name and being in little italy, is french and one of the best restaurants in the city. they are also cheese mongers, so make sure to get the cheese course.

    CLASSICS is another higher end french. i dk whats up with them lately tho.

    as i recall PARKERS uses a french approach. def consider it as its closing at the end of the year.

    JOHNNYS BISTRO, MOXIE & the eternal tower city french classic SANS SOUCI are others that come right to mind.

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      gourmanda Oct 31, 2006 01:39 PM

      If it doesn't have to be downtown, Bistro du Beaujolais comes to mind.

      1. NancyH Oct 31, 2006 02:30 PM

        We just had a wonderful dinner at Christopher's Aurora Bistro in Aurora last night - heavy French influence, though not straight ahead French. I had Osso Bucco Ravioli that was heavenly and my husband had a pork chop served in a Frensh style with onions, mushroom risotto and carrots. They also are one of the few Cleveland area restaurants with a Sommelier.

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          luckygirl Oct 31, 2006 04:14 PM

          Cleveland really does not have a great French Bistro. IMO, Bistro Beajolais as mentioned by gourmanda is the closest you'll find but I ddon't think it's "great".

          Is this a question about the general state of French food in Cleveland or are you looking for place to eat?

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            mrnyc Nov 1, 2006 03:19 AM

            naah. for one JOHNNYS is right downtown. its excellent & one of the best downtown restos.

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              luckygirl Nov 1, 2006 04:32 AM

              Eke! I strongly disagree with Johnny's downtown being one of Cleveland's best. Johnny's Fulton maybe but not DT. Besides it's not French. Now, when Johnny's Bistro was open... alas it is no longer.

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                mrnyc Nov 2, 2006 09:06 PM

                i disagree with that too because i didnt say that. i just meant right downtown. true its not french, it seems more steakhousey to me, but it's fine tho & has a good local scene & they even have some french twists like steak au poive.

                i would have said JOF is still one of the best in town too for sure -- thats good to hear.

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            whiner Nov 1, 2006 04:34 AM

            Not a bistro but years ago Sans Souci was very good. I wonder if it still is?

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              stuart Nov 1, 2006 05:26 AM

              The owner of Chez Francois is planning to open a bistro in Crocker Park. I'm very excited about that. In the mean time, they already have a small food stand at Crocker which offers beignets. The current project is called Le Petit de Vie and it's being used as a test bed for his upcoming bistro so it may be enough to hold you over until the as yet un-named bistro is launched. I'm also pretty excited about Le Petit de Vie but I haven't gotten out there yet. I'd be interested in reading your report.

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