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Feb 14, 2007 10:55 AM

Authentic French

It's cassoulet season, so i'm looking for a real french restaurant, along the lines of a Parisian Bistro or Brasserie. Not fancy stuff with an Asian twist, but classic French food--cassoulet, tarte tatin, steak frites, magret de canard. authentic is key. maybe a nice frisee aux lardons to start, then cassoulet, then tarte tatin, all washed down with a decent rose. does such a thing exist in LA? not too expensive, though that may be imnpossible. maybe maximillian's in the valley, or chez mimi, though chez mimi looked slightly pricier than what i was hoping for.

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  1. i heard la vie en rose in brea is supposed to be authentic.

    dunno personally though cuz ive never been there

    1. I've always had good times at cafe Stella in Silverlake with my french friends, they think it's pretty darn good.

        1. Before my first trip to Paris, i went to Chez Mimi in Brentwood and had their cassoulet. Tough to say if it was authentic, since i hadn't yet been to France, but it was pretty good - though a little rich for my then uncultured taste buds.

          1. I like pastis on beverly or le petit bistro on la cienega.