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Sep 12, 2010 01:55 PM

3 1/2 days in Paris...Where to eat??

Hi Everyone,

My husband and I will be in Paris for 3 1/2 days at the end of this month. Our hotel is right on the Champs Elysees. It is the first time for both of us and I would really appreciate some advice on the best bistros, restaurants, patisseries, etc.

We're a bit boring with french food..neither of us eat Foie Gras, escargot, any meat other than chicken/beef and I'm allergic to all shellfish.

I fear that any restaurant we go to won't have many options for us. I tried searching menus online but can't seem to find any.

i hope someone is up for the challenge of helping us out! Thanks so much :)

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  1. What about duck? Or fish? Cheese, is that okay? Rotesserie du Beaujolais which is probably the wrong spelling but the right place. Across from Notre Dame with wonderful chicken or duck, a steak dish for two and great ambience.

    1. You might wish to use this trip as an opportunity to branch out a bit from chicken and beef. Some people, myself included, avoid beef in France as it is grass fed and not aged, so it tends to be leaner, tougher and less tasty (to me) than something you'd get in NYC. Whatever you do, don't order it "well done!" as it will be like shoe leather. And, eating chicken at every meal will get old in a hurry.

      Fresh fish is great. We like at least one lunch of falalfels. Most better restaurants (except the ones still cooking for Napolean's generals) have very attractive veggie entries.

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      1. re: hychka

        Good points. But also, expanding 514072's recommendation, you will find many chicken relatives that you may not have met before: pintade, capon, quail, pigeon (my favorite), dinde (turkey to most of us) to mention only a few. Add duck and the occasional goose and you have a lot of options.

        And "beef" should open up the door to all of the wonderful veal preparations.

        Without expanding your preferences, just your vocabulary, you can eat some of the best France has to offer.