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French Favorites

Anything to add to the list?

French
*Craigie on Main – craigiestreetbistrot.com, Cambridge, 853 Main (617-497-5511)
*Mistral –www.mistralbistro.com/#start, 223 Columbus Avenue, Boston (617-867-9300)
Troquet – www.troquetboston.com, (and Wine Bar) 140 Boylston Street, Boston (617-695-9463
)Pigalle – www.pigalleboston.com, 75 Charles Street South, Boston (617-423-4944
)La Voile – www.lavoileboston.net, 259 Newbury Street, Boston (617-587-4200

)

French/Contemporary
Salts – www.saltsrestaurant.com, 798 Main Street, Cambridge (617-876-8444
)L’Espalier – www.lespalier.com/index.shtml, 774 Boylston Street, Boston (617-262-3023
)Radius – www.radiusrestaurant.com, 8 High Street, Boston (617-426-1234

)

French/Cuban
Chez Henri – www.chezhenri.com/index.php, 1 Shepard Street, Cambridge (617-354-8980

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French/Italian
*No. 9 Park – no9park.com, Beacon Hill, 9 Park St. (617-742-9991)

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  1. Petit Robert

    Gaslight

    1. French/Cambodian: Elephant Walk

      a particularly useful thread for culinary students, I bet.

      1. French/Asian: CLio, O-Ya
        French/brasserie: Eastern Standard

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        1. re: barleywino

          Pierrot (sp): Cambridge St., Beacon Hill
          Bon Savor: crepes and stuff, JP
          Lumiere: W. Newton

        2. Brasserie Jo, esp. for Alsatian cuisine

            1. re: Taralli

              Thanks so much everyone. Keep 'em comming!

              1. re: hotoynoodle

                Would you consider hammersley's more french or just contemporary continental?

                1. re: cscott4313

                  his foundation and techniques are decidedly french. i have no idea what you mean by "contemporary continental". that sounds like something a chain restaurant would put on their mission statement.

              2. Many of your restaurants I'd call continental or new American rather than truly French. I'm also unclear on the goal of this compilation since you've not asked for reviews/opinions on these places and seem to have such a loose definition.

                But I'm willing to add more:
                Clio
                Boucher
                Aujourd'hui

                Google could help you with more.

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                  1. re: alwayscooking

                    Sorry to not include sufficient information. For clarification, I would absolutely appreciate any reviews or opinions people might have on new restaurants, or the ones I have listed. Furthermore, any clarifications about how I should change the classifications of the restaurants I have listed are welcomed. Thanks.

                    1. re: cscott4313

                      Mr. 4313

                      Curious as to how you'll be using this list - it might help with our input.

                      1. re: alwayscooking

                        I have family, friends and associates that come out to visit the boston area often. So, A) I want to ensure a great culinary experience when I go out to eat with friends, B) I want to be able to suggest the right places for others. This is not a buisness of mine, but a passion for good food. The best times I have had revolve around good food, good friends, and good family. Just trying to keep that trend going haha.

                  2. Sel de la Terre for sure. I recently ordered the charcuterie plate which I've never had. I'm not an expert on French cuisine but this seemed pretty legit. I have had consistently great experiences here, with one exceptionally enthusiastic waiter.

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                      1. re: cscott4313

                        Also, I would love to hear anyone's impression on Radius. A friend suggested it but I have never been.

                        1. re: cscott4313

                          radius consistently underwhelms me and the wine mark-ups are staggering.

                          1. re: cscott4313

                            Lots of postings on Radius on this board.

                            1. re: alwayscooking

                              ---- UDATED LIST -----

                              French
                              *Craigie on Main – craigiestreetbistrot.com, Cambridge, 853 Main (617-497-5511)
                              Mistral –www.mistralbistro.com/#start, 223 Columbus Avenue, Boston (617-867-9300)
                              Lumiére – www.lumiererestaurant.com, 1293 Washington Street, Boston (617-224-9199
                              )*Hamersley’s Bistro – www.hamersleysbistro.com, South End, 553 Tremont (617-423-2700
                              )Aujourd’hui – http://www.fourseasons.com/boston/din..., 200 Boylston Street, Boston (617-351-2037) (Located on the Second Floor
                              )Troquet – www.troquetboston.com, (and Wine Bar) 140 Boylston Street, Boston (617-695-9463
                              )Aquitane – www.aquitaineboston.com, 569 Tremont Street, Boston (617-424-8577
                              )Pigalle – www.pigalleboston.com, 75 Charles Street South, Boston (617-423-4944
                              )Sel de la Terre – www.seldelaterre.com, 255 State Street, Boston (617-720-1300
                              )La Voile – www.lavoileboston.net, 259 Newbury Street, Boston (617-587-4200
                              )Gaslight – www.gaslight560.com, 560 Harrison Avenue, South End (617-422-0224
                              )Sandrines – www.sandrines.com, 8 Holyoke Street, Cambridge (617-497-5300
                              )Pierrot Bistrot – http://pierrotbistrot.com, 272 Cambridge Street, Beacon Hill (617-725-8855
                              )Petit Robert Bistro – www.petitrobertbistro.com, 468 Commonwealth Ave., Boston (617-375-0699

                              )

                              French/Brasserie
                              *Eastern Standard – www.easternstandardboston.com, 528 Commonwealth Ave, Kenmore Square, Boston (617-532-9100
                              )Boucheé – www.boucheebrasserie.com, 159 Newbury Street, Boston (617-450-4343

                              )

                              French/Contemporary
                              *Clío – www.cliorestaurant.com, 370 Commonwealth Ave, Boston (617-536-7200
                              )*Salts – www.saltsrestaurant.com, 798 Main Street, Cambridge (617-876-8444
                              )L’Espalier – www.lespalier.com/index.shtml, 774 Boylston Street, Boston (617-262-3023

                              )

                              French/Cuban
                              Chez Henri – www.chezhenri.com/index.php, 1 Shepard Street, Cambridge (617-354-8980

                              )

                              French/Italian
                              *No. 9 Park – no9park.com, Beacon Hill, 9 Park St. (617-742-9991)

                              French/Japanese – Sushi
                              *O Ya – www.oyarestaurantboston.com, Near South Station, 9 East St. (617-654-9909

                              )

                              Comments, reviews, opinions, suggestions all appreciated. Thanks

                              1. re: cscott4313

                                add uni to your french/japanese category and i'd put both gaslight and aquitaine in the brasserie section.

                                1. re: hotoynoodle

                                  At this rate, most of the nicer restaurants in Boston will be on the list - Sasso, Sorellina, Sibling Rivalry, etc.

                                  !?!

                                  1. re: alwayscooking

                                    sasso and sorellina are both italian and sibling is, well, whatever it is, it's not french by any stretch.

                                    this list is a pretty small handful of places.

                                    1. re: hotoynoodle

                                      They have chefs that are traditionally trained and their menu wanders all over the continent like Mistral, Craigie, etc. Perhaps these two belong in the French/Italian section?

                                      The list encompasses most of the nicer places in Boston and I'm sure we could find places for those not yet on it.

                                      1. re: hotoynoodle

                                        Sibling says that it's Modern American. Anyways really appreciate the help so far.

                                  2. re: cscott4313

                                    Why no Brasserie Jo?

                                    It's a great place.

                                        1. re: cscott4313

                                          Still, any further suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

                                    1. re: cscott4313

                                      I suppose "favorite" is debatable but Mantra does French-Indian. I find the concept at least intriguing. Had a decent meal years ago (when they first opened).

                                2. re: cscott4313

                                  I'm sorry - I don't remember his name but he is Asian-American with a distinct voice

                              2. Not that I've ever been to either of these places, but there's Jasmine Bistro which is Hungarian/French and also The Hungry i. Both seem to be fairly popular here.

                                1. aujourd'hui at the four seasons

                                  1. Had Easter brunch at Hamersley’s Bistro today and was impressed with the meal quality and ambiance. We started with their assorted sweet breads and muffins: an apple sticky-bun (outrageously delicious and moist), bananna bread (good but dense), a chocolate bread and a walnut scone. I then ordered the "Poached Eggs with Morbier Cheese, Smoky Bacon and Spicy Breakfast Sausage on a Toasted English Muffin with Herb Sauce." The eggs were perfectly cooked and made even more delectable with the addition of the melt-in-your-mouth meats and thin yet creamy herb sauce. Spectacular. The only drawback was our waiter -- not horrible or even bad, just attitudinally not up to par. Otherwise, superb meal! Can't wait to try it for dinner!