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French in Seacoast/Portsmouth/Southern Maine

bewley Apr 12, 2007 05:33 AM

I'ver heard mixed reviews of Le Parisian in Rye and pretty good things about Café Mirabelle in Downtown Portsmouth. Any comments on these and any other French eateries in the area??

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    lexpatti Apr 12, 2007 06:41 AM

    White Barn Inn is European flare, does that count?


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    1. re: lexpatti
      bewley Apr 12, 2007 06:45 PM

      Looks fantastic, (but at $91 pp it better be so).

    2. kittychow Apr 12, 2007 07:26 AM

      You may want to consider the Black Trumpet Bistro in Portsmouth. The chef was formerly the chef at Lindbergh's Crossing. Lindbergh's closed in February and the owners sold the restaurant to the chef. The old menu had a heavy French influence. I haven't been to Black Trumpet yet but it should be promising. If you do give it a try please come back and tell us how it was!

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        bewley Apr 12, 2007 06:24 PM

        Have eaten at Lindbergh's Crossing and enjoyed it. The menu/chef now, however, is more north African-Medditeranean influenced. Close, but not quite French per se.

        Thanks for the rec though . . .

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        emilief Apr 12, 2007 08:33 AM

        98 Provence on Shore Road in Ogunquit is a lovely small French restaurant that gets rave reviews. Have not been in awhile but have never heard anyone say a bad thing about this place and it is always packed.

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          bewley Apr 12, 2007 06:31 PM

          I loooked at their menu online and it looks interesting, but "lamb confit" and "swordfish ragout" sounds a bit over-the-top. I'm looking for just basic "old style," classic French.

          Any comments on Cafe Mirabelle??

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            emilief Apr 13, 2007 11:49 AM

            Sorry, you asked for French restaurants and Provence is one. This place really gets great reviews. Another suggestion on the board is Anneke Jans which is a great place but, having had dinner there quite a few times I would not describe it as french.Excellent, upscale American food, portions somewhat small but also good service and excellent cocktails.

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              bewley Apr 13, 2007 06:50 PM

              Thank you, yes, I've heard wonderful things about Anneke Jans.

              We will try it and I promise to report back!

        2. mcel215 Apr 13, 2007 04:51 AM

          My number one choice would be Anneke Jans in Kittery, a small French bistro.

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