TOP FRENCH FOOD IN FLA
In Naples, we like:
All of these are small, family-owned (or chef-owned). Escargot 41 and Cote d'Azur are buried in ordinary strip malls, but don't dispair - when you walk into the door you enter another world.
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For tops, I'm going with:
Pascal's on Ponce (Coral Gables) for high end
Gourmet Diner (North Miami) for bistro
Les Halles (Coral Gables) is often pretty good but can be somewhat inconsistent. Solid on traditional dishes like cassoulet, choucroute which are hard to find elsewhere.
Had one excellent meal at Daniel Boulod, but haven't been back and am reluctant to recommend based on one experience. Also in the "haven't been often enough to vouch for" category, I'd put Bouchon du Grove (Coconut Grove) and Le Provencal (Coral Gables), though I've had nice meals at both just not recently.
We had one very good meal at La Goulue (Bal Harbour) but then went back and it was not nearly as good and it sure doesn't seem like they're trying very hard.
Don't forget about Palm D'or at the Biltmore Hotel. The food and wine are fran-tastic.
But, yes, Pascal's on Ponce is also worthy of nomination for the Miami area. The food is always always superb, however, the service can be a little hit or miss. Also, the Maitre d' at that place can be both creepy and snobby. Especially if you bring in a bottle of your own wine on Monday nights (there is no corkage fee on Monday nights). The dude will also hover over customers' tables and talk to them. I have actually seen chef Pascal get pissed about him doing this. (My server told me once that Pascal sometimes takes his cell phone and calls the restaurant so the Maitre D will have to leave the people's table to answer the phone. When the Maitre D answers the phone, Pascal tells him to leave the customers alone. LOL!!)
Have you been to the Palm D'or recently? I'm curious about your take on it. Great service, great food, great sommelier on my end.
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In Orlando, Le Coq Au Vin still reigns surpreme. Twenty-five plus years and chef Louis still cannot be beat. The signature dish, the sweetbreads, the souffles, enison when he has it, all to die for. Service gets crazy on busy nights and the room is a little too noisy. I wish he carried more French wine, but since he likes Randall Graham's Bonny Doon wines, I don't complain too much.
I also very much like Paris Bistro on Goldenrod Road in east Winter Park. Small, crowded, absolutely wonderful bistro food and a limited and cheap selection of French wine to accompany the food.
Chez Vincent in Winter Park is marvelous also. Romantic, eclectic French cuisine with a modern touch. Get the lamb with gorgonzola sauce and the mussel appetizer.