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Jan 2, 2008 05:45 PM

Good Cassoulet in L.A. or too bad no way?

Winter is officially here and I'm itching for a really fine Gascony style cassoulet. Is there any restaurant in this town that can give me a good scratch. For me the U.S. bar was set
by the cassoulet I had at Jules Bistro in Manhattan a couple of years back. It was perfect.
Cannellini beans, sausage, duck confit and spices simmered together for hours so all the
flavors meld together. Perfect cold weather comfort food. If any of you houndly ladies and
gents could give me some tips for a like experience locally I'd be doggone grateful.

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    1. Pinot Bistro rotates it into their menu. When they have it, it is really good. Duck confit, sausage, beans, the works.

      1. Good versions can be found at Chez Mimi in Santa Monica (26th South of San Vicente) and Mimosa (Beverly West of Fairfax). Neither will replace the memories I have of the exemplary one at Le Central in S.F. but will do nicely for local.

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        1. re: New Trial

          I second Chez Mimi. BEst I've had in LA. I've never been to France, though.

          1. re: Diana

            I'll third Chez Mimi with some reservations.

            1. It's the only cassoulet I've ever had. 2. Everything else on the menu was fine but not wonderful. For bistro cuisine I like Pastis and Mimosa both much better.

            I did enjoy my order though.

        2. Linking ...

          Pinot Bistro
          12969 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604

          Mimosa Restaurant
          8009 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

          Cafe Campagne
          1600 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

          Chez Mimi Restaurant
          246 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

          Le Central Bistro
          453 Bush St., San Francisco, CA 94108

          1. Once a month Vermont holds a special Cassoulet dinner. It's not soaking in goose fat but all of the sausages, duck, lamb, and pork fat make up for it.