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marie laure Jul 3, 2007 12:12 AM

Can someone tell me where I can find French Food In Seattle. I do not mean fusions, just authentic French. I hate Le Pichet, I have been there 3 times always hoping they were just having a bad service day, but it is obviously part of their stuck-up attitude.

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    Walters RE: marie laure Jul 3, 2007 06:09 AM

    Marie, For "affordable" French, Maximillien's at the Market has always been steady and good. (And without the attitude.) Mid-priced is Cremant. For high end, Le Gourmand and Rover's both are excellent.

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      equinoise RE: marie laure Jul 3, 2007 09:16 AM

      I am a big Cremant partisan; doggedly authentic bistro fare and convivial atmosphere. Reasonably priced also. No hint of arrogant service that I've detected.

      Historically, I have also loved Campagne and Rover's, but have not visited either for several years.

      1. Freida RE: marie laure Jul 3, 2007 10:23 AM

        I'm sorry to hear you hate Le Pichet - I've had nothing but good experiences there. I just tried Cremant for the first time and it was FANTASTIC - very French menu and atmosphere, and very nice service. Best steak frites I've had. Cafe Campagne is one of my other favorites for French bistro food - escargot, croque madame and hard cider, yum.

        I've eaten at both Campagne and Le Gourmand and they're just too-too for my taste (too rich, mostly), but it's certainly authentic high-end French.

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          craigseattle RE: marie laure Jul 3, 2007 10:48 AM

          I can't believe nobody mentioned le Fournil - great pastries and bread, good options for breakfast and lunch. Also, now that we're on the subject: is the organic Boulangerie Nantaise still open? I have not tried it yet.

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            kkbriggs RE: craigseattle Jul 7, 2007 04:11 PM

            Yep, open and seems to be doing well. They're just around the corner from my office...which is definitely a bad thing :) They make one of the better Americanos I've had, and pair that with a marrionberry croissant (or a plain croissant or pain au chocolat or pretty much anything they have) and it makes a great start to the day. Their breads are also really good. I often pick up a loaf to take home for dinner when I stop in for coffee and pastry.

          2. lucky.goldstar RE: marie laure Jul 3, 2007 04:41 PM

            Cremant is excellent. Order the marrow bones, you'll not be disappointed.

            Also, Cafe Presse just opened at 12th and Madison. I believe it's owned by the same people who run Le Pichet but they feel very different. Great casual bar/bistro, great steak frites. Open till 2am which is so needed in this city. Service is, well, serviceable, but if that's been your concern w/Le Pichet you might want to wait a while until it's sorted out.

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              Lauren RE: marie laure Jul 6, 2007 09:34 AM

              You might want to try Entre Nous on Stewart between 2nd and 3rd. The food is no where as good as Le Pichet but the service is very friendly. I've never observed a stuck-up attitude at Le Pichet though so ymmv.

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                marie laure RE: Lauren Jul 7, 2007 06:38 PM

                Thank you all ! It looks like I actually have some options.

              2. landguy RE: marie laure Jul 7, 2007 08:11 PM

                I second Le Gourmand.

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                  littlefrenchbuds RE: marie laure Jun 15, 2009 12:55 PM

                  The best is Rover's! So incredible!
                  Campagne is nice too. Boulangerie Nantaise is a hidden treasure for a healthy, money-friendly and made to order sandwich.
                  I hate Le Pichet as well, awful service and overpriced.

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                    equinoise RE: littlefrenchbuds Jun 16, 2009 09:34 AM

                    Cremant was my favorite French locally, but I haven't been back since it was taken over by the Cafe Vita impressario and its traditional brasserie menu slashed and watered down to pan-medditerranean wanderings. Anyone been since?

                    I like both Le Pichet and Presse all right. Nothing groundbreaking but some solid items. Haven't been to Campagne or Rover's for years, but used to really enjoy both.

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                      clearskies0810 RE: equinoise Jun 16, 2009 01:32 PM

                      Sadly, I think Cremant is closed for good.

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