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Moules y frites in Tampa?

maladrin Feb 12, 2008 12:24 PM

So my wife and I took a vacation a month ago, and while in Paris fell in love with this dish.

Can anyone recommend a place in town that serves this the European way?


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    Miss E RE: maladrin Feb 12, 2008 02:49 PM

    It's "moules et frites", and I'll keep thinking, but offhand, no. Moules, oui, mais avec frites, non.

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      maladrin RE: Miss E Feb 15, 2008 08:47 AM

      Pardon, I'm mixing my languages there. :D

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      kenr RE: maladrin Feb 12, 2008 04:58 PM

      Moules-frites is a classic Belgian dish with mussels steamed in white wine and fresh herbs with a side of “Belgian fries” that are twice deep-fried french fries. I don’t believe you will find this dish in restaurants here in the Tampa Bay area. Steamed mussels are easily done at home and you can add your favorite french fries for a semi-authentic Moules-frites.

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        maladrin RE: kenr Feb 15, 2008 08:49 AM

        I'm positive I could make it, but the intent was for a night out. I usually do all of the cooking, and so it's nice for me to sometimes get a night off. Too bad for me. I've seen mussels around quite a bit living in Fl most of my life, but not prepared that way.

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        anniethechef RE: maladrin Feb 18, 2008 10:20 AM

        pane rustica has them on the menu from time to time..south macdill ave.
        not enough european rest's in town for sure! moules y frites are actually more belgian than french so maybe check out that avenue. Or you and your wife could make your own for you and your friends! if you need a recipe let me know...i am a private chef in the area..went to le cordon bleu-paris. good luck

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          maladrin RE: anniethechef Feb 21, 2008 11:23 AM

          Thanks! Again, I was really hoping for a place to go out and eat them as a treat for both of us. Out of the house, no cooking, no cleanup etc.

          It was a Belgian place that we ate them at in Paris - Clichy's Tavern down the street from the Moulin Rouge. Lots of Belgian eateries, and they all hald moules-frites! Mmmm ....

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          Miss E RE: maladrin Mar 9, 2008 04:31 PM

          FOUND 'EM! Chez Bryce on Davis Islands had them on the menu last night, and since it bills itself as a classic French bistro kind of spot, I'm betting they're a mainstay. SO had them and thought the mussels were great, fries (seasoned with rosemary and parmesan) a bit cold but other wise very good, too. www.chezbryce.com. Hope you check it out!

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            maladrin RE: Miss E Mar 11, 2008 10:33 AM

            Thanks so much! Rock!

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