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dieting Aug 30, 2010 12:57 PM

I saw this message (copied below) sent to you in 2007 and wanted to know if you can update it and list restaurants that serve Frogs Legs today.
Aug 30 2010

Frogs Legs?

Will be going to Paris in a few weeks. I love frogs legs and I've found it hard to get them in Paris itself. I know that Allard has them regularly but my husband isn't crazy about Allard. Does anyone know of another restaurant/bistro that has them on the menu? Thanks.

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By jeb on Sep 06, 2007 10:46AM

  1. Delucacheesemonger Sep 1, 2010 07:31 AM

    If buying at markets, the French ones are easily recognizable by their high cost and the fact they are positioned on a wooden rod that weighs almost as much as the grenouille. French ones tend to be smaller than the Asian ones, but agree the prep is where it is. Have eaten both and cooked both and both escargot and grenouille, the French are smaller but have better texture and prefer the French but
    as at Le Quincy, the prep is wonderful regardless of the source.

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      ospreycove Sep 1, 2010 12:59 PM

      I prefer to know the source of my toxins....................

      1. re: ospreycove
        John Talbott Sep 1, 2010 02:03 PM

        And spoil all the fun?

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          ospreycove Sep 1, 2010 02:22 PM

          I see your point!!!!!!

    2. fanoffrance Sep 1, 2010 07:15 AM

      Frog's legs are one of the signature dishes at the Relais Bernard Loiseau in Saulieu. I had this dish there and recommend it highly, if you're game for a trip to Burgundy. I didn't ask where the frogs came from.

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        Delucacheesemonger Sep 1, 2010 07:33 AM

        If memory serves, had them there last year and as at La Grenouille in NY, the legs were coated before cooking. This method is not my favorite as en provencal simply oil, butter, tomato, garlic, etc. is my desired method, just my opinion, not what is better.

      2. mangeur Aug 31, 2010 06:59 PM

        FWIW, We have been repeatedly told in provincial homes that most of the frogs legs served in restaurants are imported, not local. Whether this is true and/or whether it makes a difference to the diner, I can't attest.

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          John Talbott Sep 1, 2010 06:05 AM

          Mangeur; that is my understanding as well, ditto ecrivisses of which there is only one grower in all the EU.

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            ospreycove Sep 1, 2010 06:16 AM

            It is true, In France there are almost no domestic Frog's legs or escargot. The frog's legs come from Indonesia, India and other South Asia countries. Escargot are from Eastern Europe and Asia. Interesting point on the ecological damage the export of frogs has done to India. India was infested with frogs, an export market was developed, the mosquito population exploded, no frogs to eat larvae, now India has increased its use of pesticides/insecticides by ridiculous amounts!!!!

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            dieting Sep 1, 2010 06:35 AM

            The only important thing is the way they are prepared/seasoned. And i think France takes the lead.

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              ospreycove Sep 1, 2010 06:46 AM

              Well, not exactly true, India was banned from exporting Frog Legs a few years ago when it was determined that there were excessive levels of toxins in the flesh. This was the result of overuse of pesticides. As for escargot, there is a problem with "retracing" origins, this is necessary for Salmonella tracking.
              http://www1.american.edu/TED/frogs.htm

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            mexivilla Aug 31, 2010 06:38 AM

            And there is always Roger la Grenouille. Google for directions and reviews. It's been there forvever.

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            1. re: mexivilla
              John Talbott Aug 31, 2010 11:55 AM

              "It's been there forvever."
              Yup, as have their frogs' legs.
              Someone accused me last night of being too nice, so I'm trying to make up for it.
              But seriously, as if I were not always, the last great frogs' legs I had were in 2006 at Le Diapason (in the Terrass’ Hotel in the 18th) which has had a change in chefs so all bets are off.

            2. Delucacheesemonger Aug 31, 2010 05:19 AM

              IMHO, Le Quincy is the bomb for Grenouilles. End of story.

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                Cher Martin Aug 30, 2010 03:09 PM

                Here's a link to one that does. My son is an insatiable fan of frogs legs. You can check out their menu on-line and see them offered under "poissons".

                http://www.royalmadeleine.com

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                  dieting Aug 30, 2010 03:42 PM

                  Thanks Cher Martin, We will be in Parrs early October and hope to get to Royal Madeleine.
                  dieting

                  1. re: Cher Martin
                    Laidback Aug 31, 2010 07:22 AM

                    Their mother restaurant ( l'Escargot Montorgeuil) has a pretty Napoleon III decor, swarms of tourists and frog's legs as well as escargots in all types of preparations. Both places do a pretty fair old fashioned crepes Suzette table side.

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