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Great frites

parislovernyc Mar 7, 2009 10:37 AM

I am leaving for Paris next weekend for two weeks and want to sample great frites. Suggestions or favorites?

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    Oakglen RE: parislovernyc Mar 7, 2009 11:30 AM

    Most cafes etc buy their frites frozen, the same as in the US. Brasserie Balzar frites are quite good, made fresh. Order the poulet roti/frites dish. Also try the Belgian moule/frite spots, or any high-end steak house, like Gourmets des Ternes.

    1. souphie RE: parislovernyc Mar 9, 2009 04:11 PM

      Like croissants or foie gras, frites are a universe and tastes are actually pretty diverse as to what makes great frites. My favourites would include the café de la mairie in the 15th and le Sévero.

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        parislovernyc RE: souphie Mar 10, 2009 11:41 AM

        Thank you, Souphie. I've been anxiously awaiting your suggestions (among others)!

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          souphie RE: parislovernyc Mar 11, 2009 04:09 AM

          Thanks. Incidentally, Oakglen is right, frites are frozen in most places and that's often how they taste best (that's how Keller has them done in his Bouchon, eg). Not sure you'll find frites in France significantly better than the good ones in NYC.

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            parislovernyc RE: souphie Mar 11, 2009 11:06 AM

            That's good to know. Thanks. I'll stick with things like croissants and millefeuilles where a good French version is significantly better than anything you can find in NYC. Perre Herme and Jacques Genin, here we come.

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