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Jan 6, 2007 01:23 AM

authentic french bistro food

Is there anyplace in Socal that does bistro like the neighborhood places in Paris, without the upscale yuppie factor?

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  1. I don't know if this is exactly what you're looking for (and I've never eaten here), but I've heard good things about Angelique Cafe downtown.

    1. Try Angelique ... you won't be disappointed ...
      840 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014. call 213-623 8698.

      1. Cafe Beaujolais in Eagle Rock is friendly and unpretentious, and not too expensive either. Bistro de la Gare in South Pasadena, by Cafe Beaujolais' former owner, is another pretty good joint, though our second visit was much less impressive that our first, when they'd recently opened. And Le Petit Café, on Colorado in Santa Monica, is an Alsatian place with loads of charm and cheer and really good hearty food. We did enjoy Angelique; alas, we hear they've sold it.

        My New Year's resolution for 2007, BTW, is to try as many variations on the Steak Frites theme as my wallet and cholesterol levels will allow. So I will be watching this thread...

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        1. re: Will Owen

          Lucques. The frites have some fresh herbs fried along. Plus, with patience, you'll have hot crisp fries at the start, and beef-juice-soaked fries later (like the fries w/Dino's chicken, only beefy)! Also a nice arugula salad shares the plate. Oh, and there's a ramekin of bearnaise, too. I can't order anything else there for lunch.

          1. re: gnarlex

            I thought Lucques is pretty upscale... and maybe a little bit yuppy too, no?

            1. re: banquisha

              You're right on both counts, but I was just digreesing on Will Owen's quest for excellent steak frites, not the bistro topic, per se.

        2. Try Le Chef ... in southgate ... its worth the drive ...

          Le Chef - French Cuisine & Cocktails 8724 Garfield Ave #101 South Gate, CA 90280 Phone: (562)776-6067. p

          1. Lilly's in Venice. The food is good and the lunch special is a great deal. Also pleasant for brunch.

            Le Petite Cafe in Santa Monica/WLA. I haven't been there for a while, but it's always had great food and the atmosphere is very much like a neighborhood restaurant in France.

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            1. re: purplescout

              Second on Lilly's, especially for lunch.