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Here is my list for Paris- Please have at it!

kbrote Oct 4, 2010 02:06 PM

I posted a question a couple of weeks ago concerning our upcoming 2 weeks in Paris. My husband and I and 2 daughters aged 20 & 23. Here is a list I have come up with with your help, trip advisor and my guide books. This is a combination of moderately priced bistros and cafes, some touristy must dos, nicer restaurants and miscellaneous. Priority: Good Food! We will be in apartments and plan to buy some supplies for some breakfasts and simple dinners to save money. We have a week in the Marais and a week in the 15th near the 7th (Metro Cambronne). Also plan to do some of these for lunch to save money. Please comment on my choices and feel free to add more suggestions... like "skip- it" , "be sure to order the", "go for lunch" or "reservations a must"...Thank you! Can't wait...only 11 days to go!

Chez Josephine Dumont
Mon Vieil Ami
Au Bon Accueil
Au Dernier Metro
Les Papilles
Au Bourguingnon Du Marais
Le Reminet
Le Regalade
Gli Angeli
L'as du Falafel
Le Procope
Creperie Suzette
Le Creperie de Cloitre
Breizh Cafe

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    Oakglen RE: kbrote Oct 4, 2010 02:50 PM

    Some others, in the 15th, that might work are Les Coteaux and Le Sept Quinze, try the reasonable menus on you first visit. Good luck.

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    1. re: Oakglen
      Parigi RE: Oakglen Oct 5, 2010 01:38 AM

      Excuse me, that is the strangest list, from the superb to the sucky. I'd focus on:
      Chez Josephine Dumont
      Au Bon Accueil
      Au Dernier Metro
      Les Papilles
      Le Reminet
      Le Regalade
      plus recs by fellow hounds above.

      1. re: Parigi
        fanoffrance RE: Parigi Oct 5, 2010 08:11 AM

        Do you still like Au Bon Accueil? Have you been there since they changed chefs?

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          Parigi RE: fanoffrance Oct 5, 2010 08:18 AM

          Sorriest I have not. In recent years every time I was in the 'hood I got sucked into Chez L'Ami Jean.

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            souphie RE: fanoffrance Oct 5, 2010 08:40 AM

            I sure don't think Au Bon Accueil is still interesting.

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              John Talbott RE: souphie Oct 5, 2010 09:26 AM

              ditto to that

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                Nancy S. RE: John Talbott Oct 5, 2010 09:35 AM

                I think it's disappointing.

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            Parigi RE: Parigi Oct 5, 2010 09:37 AM

            Omg, I had not meant to leave "Au Bon NAccueil" on my short-list. Out, damned spot.
            Fellow hounds, pls don't despise me.

        2. Delucacheesemonger RE: kbrote Oct 5, 2010 01:20 AM

          Assuming you are going to Angelina for chocolate chaud, You will do far better at Genin on Rue Turenne. With a made to order millefeuille in a wonderfully private space, it is all that is great Paris. If you wish to make yourself, the poudre cacoa at La Maison du Chocolate is awesome as well.

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            kbrote RE: Delucacheesemonger Oct 5, 2010 10:03 AM

            Thank you to all who have replied. I value your opinion. I realize it is a strange list. That is because with a family of four we cannot be eating at Josephine Chez Dumonet and Le Regalade twice a day for 2 weeks. (Please see original question) With four of us, all having wine, we would be spending an astronomical amount of money on food. As much as I would love to do this, we still have college tuition to pay for (not to mention our daughter's semester in Paris with the way she likes to eat and shop!).

            I have only been to Paris for a week 7 years ago so I am not as familiar with the food scene as everyone is here. I was merely trying to find a "variety" of places we could try, including some inexpensive cafes and a couple well known touristy spots. While I don't mind the adjective "sucky", it would be great to know to which places that adjective applies. Are any of the lesser expensive places worthwhile? Or could you please suggest some that are? Which places on that list should we avoid. Specifically should we avoid Au Bon Accueil? I am looking for a place near the Eiffel Tower for a Sunday night dinner. What would be good instead? Again, thank you for your advice.

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              Parigi RE: kbrote Oct 5, 2010 10:21 AM

              "While I don't mind the adjective "sucky", it would be great to know to which places that adjective applies."

              Good point, my apologies. That adjective mainly applied to the Procope.
              L'As de Falafel is not bad but it has a huge line always. According to my friends who are falafel fans, the other falafel places on the same street (rue des Rosiers) are just as good.
              Au Dernier Metro
              Les Papilles
              Le Reminet
              Le Regalade
              are not expensive restaurants.
              But indeed eating out twice a day is costly. If you are staying a week or longer and want to enjoy the Paris food scene as much as possible, it is best to rent an apartment. Having a kitchen changes everything. You can go to the market and get fabulous ingredients and make simple meals.

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                John Talbott RE: kbrote Oct 5, 2010 10:33 AM

                Understanding that is very helpful.
                I'd say you have a nice variety, except for Au Bon A - it's just not so great anymore and thus I've stopped going. I have no nearby replacement.
                A lot of creperies near Montparnasse are open Sun nite and that's really not too far away.

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                  kbrote RE: John Talbott Oct 5, 2010 11:04 AM

                  Thank you both. Au Dernier Metro, Les Papilles, Le Reminet and Le Regalade are definitely on our list. I have emailed my daughter, who is in Paris, about making a reservation at Josephine. As you can see from my original question, we are staying in 2 different apartments. The first week in the Marais and the second in the 15th close to the 7th. I understand the above 4 restaurants may not be expensive but with 2 adults and two daughters 20 & 23, all drinking wine, we probably would end up with a sizable bill. We will take advantage of markets and prepare some meals in. Hoping for a good place for the Sunday night after our Eiffel Tower visit. How about Le Septieme Vin in the 7th? ideally, we would like to go somewhere within a 15 minute walk from the Tower. And any Marais dinner recommendations? Thank you for your help.

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                    Parigi RE: kbrote Oct 5, 2010 11:17 AM

                    "we are staying in 2 different apartments. The first week in the Marais and the second in the 15th close to the 7th."

                    Right again. But your other statement, re how expensive it was going to be, to eat out in restaurants twice a day, confused me.

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                      Laidback RE: kbrote Oct 5, 2010 08:16 PM

                      Sunday night , jumping place, easy walk from Eiffel Tower, good value, walk in/no reservations=Café Constant and Les Cocottes on Rue St. Dominique about 10 steps apart.

                      1. re: Laidback
                        Nancy S. RE: Laidback Oct 6, 2010 06:13 AM

                        I think Les Cocottes is closed on Sundays, but Cafe Constant is open.

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                          Laidback RE: Nancy S. Oct 6, 2010 08:54 AM

                          Thanks Nancy, I just called and you are right, the Violon, Fables and the Café are all open but as for now Les Cocottes is closed on Sunday

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                        wx4caster RE: kbrote Oct 7, 2010 06:04 AM

                        For lunch, head to La Boulangerie Julien (there's one on Rue Saint-Dominique in the 7th). Lunch formula (sandwich, drink and pastry) for 8 euros. The sandwiches are big enough to share. The roasted eggplant on olive bread is heavenly.

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                      ChefJune RE: kbrote Oct 5, 2010 11:06 AM

                      You can have a fun time with great food and wine for little money at Juvenile's on the rue de Richelieu. It has a lively and young vibe. Your girls are sure to like it.

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                        kbrote RE: ChefJune Oct 5, 2010 01:31 PM

                        ChefJune. Thank you! Just the kind of recommendation I love. i just checked out Juveniles and it looks like a fun, inexpensive place that my daughters would really enjoy. And it's no too far from our Marais apartment.

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                          t14072 RE: kbrote Oct 6, 2010 06:05 AM

                          We have gone to L'As for falafel before going to the Eiffel Tower. Just hop the metro and voila you are there! Sit inside at a table, let the young ladies ogle the wait staff, and off you go to the tower! Chez Janou is not too expensive and always busy with lots of people watching and good desserts. Both in the Marais. Also, a visit to Merci with the shopping and light meals upstairs and bigger meals downstairs is always comfortable and cool. And a lunch at the market Enfant Rouge, where there are tables near the food stalls to sit and enjoy.

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