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Bonjour! My husband and I are leaving for France next week and, of course, are stuck without some reservations due to the August holiday schedule (I have been calling for about a week and not had much luck getting through). We will be in Paris just for the nights of Aug. 25 and Sept. 7 & 8. My question is whether it is possible to walk-in to some of the places that are always posted on this Board (i.e., Les Papilles, Frenchie's, CAJ, Jadis, Spring, etc.) and eat dinner at the bar in the restaurant rather than at a table, without a reservation. In NYC, this is now how we eat all of our meals out, from high-end places (Babbo, 11 Mad) to the trendiest of foodie finds (Locanda Verde, Momofuku, etc).

Also, we will be spending most of our trip in Provence, in Arles, Avignon, the Luberon, Cassis, etc. While I have reviewed all of the Provence postings, many are rather old, and I would certainly be interested in any new suggestions. We will have a car, so small, hidden places would be especially exciting!

Merci!

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  1. "whether it is possible to walk-in to some of the places that are always posted on this Board (i.e., Les Papilles, Frenchie's, CAJ, Jadis, Spring, etc.) and eat dinner at the bar"
    Yes to walk in for lunch at Papilles, Jadis, and if you show up early maybe, maybe at Spring, no at the others and at night because none have bar seatings/settings except Spring has plans; yes to eat dinner at a bar or local cafe.
    Is not making reservations some sort of test of your powers? Why not?
    TMK no one has posted a question about best bar seatings and bar menus in Paris which might be a great question to ask. Gagnaire used to have a great one, the Palace Hotels and Cafe Constant and Les Cocottes de ....... do, and Dominique Bouchet, which has sort of lost buzz here, had a couple of seats. Ask and we shall answer