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rebus1805 Apr 14, 2009 04:01 PM

Any opinions on 3 restaurant guides for Paris: the old warhorse, Michelin, Pudlo Paris or Hungry For Paris by Alexander Lobrano? Any favorite or are they out of date. Am I missing any better English language books?

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    ParisKat Apr 14, 2009 06:25 PM

    I really like Pudlo, especially the addition of food/kitchen stores in addition to restaurants, cafes, and bars. Other than that, I like to use Zagat. On a recent trip, I used Zagat more than Pudlo.

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      Diane in Bexley Apr 15, 2009 01:23 PM

      FYI - you may also be interested in Patricia Wells' book which gives translations of various food terms you will encounter in France. Her guide was indispensable in our visit to Paris.

      1. Delucacheesemonger Apr 15, 2009 01:35 PM

        Like Pudlo best of your choices, P Wells 'Foods of Paris' is outdated for locations, but lovely read anyway.

        1. souphie Apr 16, 2009 02:16 AM

          Michelin is the most reliable source of pratical information but has almost no comment and almost no cheap place. If you don't need it on the go then info is available on www.viamichelin.com as well.

          Pudlo is in English and more or less reliable. Lebey for instance is more reliable but there's no English version.

          The Souphie guide to Paris isn't out yet but it will be good.

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            Dodo Apr 16, 2009 03:55 AM

            I love my Lebey's (one for the restos, another one for the bistrots). However, best are still the numerous blogs and forums like this one and articles in newspapers (like Le Figaro) and magazines:
            http://scope.lefigaro.fr/restaurants/

            Unfortunately, books tend to outdate.

            Le Fooding is good as well (only online available.).
            http://www.lefooding.com/guide.htm

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              Sui_Mai May 13, 2009 06:29 PM

              Sign up to the lefooding.com newsletter - nice bite-size (ugh) bits for those of us who have a tough time absorbing an entire french language site, Very casual (but still discriminating) for Paris. I especially like their section where famous Parisiens tell their fave spots.

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                Sui_Mai May 13, 2009 06:32 PM

                http://www.davidlebovitz.com has a nice obligatory blogger top/best-of list for Paris too.

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                  Sui_Mai May 13, 2009 06:33 PM

                  oops - forgot link: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/archives...

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                  Beach Chick Apr 22, 2009 02:18 PM

                  Julien..
                  Can't wait!

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                    sasicka Apr 23, 2009 08:33 AM

                    I find Michelin useful also for not-so-expensive meals. I think that almost all of the Bib Gourmand restaurants offer exclusive meals for a very reasonable price, almost the same price as at any other regular bistrot (and much better food :-)

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                      PhilD Apr 23, 2009 08:47 AM

                      Bib Gourmand in Michelin is a good recommendation it is for meals less than €35 in paris and €29 outside.

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                    cigalechanta Apr 22, 2009 01:58 PM

                    My favorite is Hungry for Paris. He was right on.!

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                      Myr Apr 23, 2009 02:46 AM

                      For me, it's the Michelin
                      But i like very much Pudlo

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                        LotsC Apr 23, 2009 03:57 AM

                        TImeout used to a huge book on Paris restaurants - but Michelin is excellent....

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                          AGM_Cape_Cod Apr 23, 2009 07:37 AM

                          I just finished reading Hungry for Paris. I am sorry I didn't get to it before our recent trip since there were some places he writes about that I would have liked to try. That said my feeling is that anything that is hard copy especially a book is out of date. I would use a hard copy guide as a starting point and try for updated information but it won't have the newest places like Itinéraires which we enjoyed immensely.

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                            PhilD Apr 23, 2009 08:26 AM

                            Although his blog is good and more up to date: http://hungryforparis.squarespace.com...

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                              AGM_Cape_Cod Apr 23, 2009 08:41 AM

                              Thanks, PhilD. Something else to torture myself with. How do these people gets so lucky as to live in Paris?

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                                andaba May 10, 2009 10:48 AM

                                Just back from Paris for a week, and the only book we took with us was Kindle version of HUNGRY FOR PARIS, which I bought in a hurry the day before we left.
                                Suffice it to say that it's a terrific read and that every single restaurant we tried out of this book was absolutely wonderful.

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                                  menton1 May 10, 2009 06:41 PM

                                  Been using Pudlo for years, definitely the best descriptions, pithy, and just opinionated enough. Great that you can now get Pudlo in English!

                          2. Up With Olives May 12, 2009 09:49 AM

                            It depends what you are looking for, but the best thing I ever did was buy a little tiny book called "Authentic Bistros of Paris" by Francois Thomazeau. Beautiful photos sold it to me, but I it was astonishing how useful it turned out to be. There are listings in many arrondissements, and we used it wherever for lunches or aperitifs. I like neighborhoody places and historic stuff, and I'm not interested in newfangled scene-y spots so it was perfect.

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