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peku Oct 12, 2010 06:35 PM

My husband and I will be traveling to Paris for a quick 5-day trip. This will be my first trip here, and my husband's previous stays have been brief and filled with business.

We will be staying at a hotel on Rue Cadet for the length of our trip but are more than willing to explore the city and its suburbs, especially for food.

We will be there from Sunday, October 17th through Thursday, October 21st. I am seeking recommendations for meals, both splurges and small bites.

Thank you!

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    mr_gimlet RE: peku Oct 12, 2010 07:23 PM

    Could I suggest you read through recent postings and decide which of the restaurants people have been to recently you think you would like. Then give some more details about what you are looking for, or why you liked the sound of a particular restaurant, and then regulars may be able to suggest something similar.

    1. Parigi RE: peku Oct 13, 2010 12:59 AM

      Mr Gimlet is right. When your request is vague, - splurges and small bites do not describe your palette or even your budget really, - we have nothing to go on. For me anything over 100 euro starts - I repeat - starts to be a splurge. For some on the this board - you know who you are - it's nothing. Still for others, over 30 euro has been described as a splurge.

      Near your hotel:
      Good bistros: Pétrelle, Carte Blanche.
      Good bakeries and pâtisseries: Aurore Capucine, Seurre, Delmonetl and Landemaine (both on rue des Martyrs).
      Nice wine bar: Autour d'un verre on rue Trévisé.
      You can easily find their opening days and hours on line.

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        peku RE: peku Oct 13, 2010 04:16 AM

        Good points. I apologize for being vague. I was trying to be open to many suggestions, but I see now that that makes it difficult to offer advice. :)

        For budget, splurge dinners would be 100 euros per person. We are willing to do a few meals like that. We also would enjoy a lunch of cheese and bread from a market.

        As for eating preferences, my husband is more daring than I. I don't believe there is a meat or organ he won't eat. I am a little less adventurous, as I am willing to pass on all organs.

        Looking at other posts, I saw recommendations that looked interesting: L'Ecume Saint-Honore, Les Cotelettes, Le Marcab, Any feedback on these?

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          Parigi RE: peku Oct 13, 2010 07:19 AM

          "As for eating preferences, my husband is more daring than I. I don't believe there is a meat or organ he won't eat. I am a little less adventurous, as I am willing to pass on all organs."

          You sound much more food-adventuresome than the vegetarian-but-eat-chicken genre. (Isn't that like saying one is heterosexual except for Wednesday nights?).
          You will be ok in the restos I recommended. They are 'hood bistros serving very good food. Would I go across town to eat there? Yes. In fact they are in or near your hotel; you'd be ok there even during a strike.

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            ChefJune RE: Parigi Oct 13, 2010 09:11 AM

            ...and sadly, when traveling to/in France, one has to take heed of that situation. I was there durnig the extended transit strike of 07, and it definitely curtailed our dining plans. Thankfully there were good alternatives near where we stayed and we ate very well, indeed.

            That said, I really was sad that I couldn't get to L'Ecume that trip. It is a lovely Oyster Bar that we even enjoyed in January. (It's not very well enclosed).

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            John Talbott RE: peku Oct 13, 2010 09:21 AM

            L'Ecume Saint-Honore, Les Cotelettes, Le Marcab, Any feedback on these?
            Yup, not at the top of my list but I like all three.

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              Parigi RE: John Talbott Oct 13, 2010 09:48 AM

              "L'Ecume Saint-Honore, Les Cotelettes, Le Marcab, Any feedback on these?
              Yup, not at the top of my list but I like all three."

              Sums up how I feel. Have nothing against them but won't go cross town for them.

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                peku RE: Parigi Oct 13, 2010 09:59 AM

                Do you have recommendations for restaurants outside of our hotel's neighborhood?

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                  Parigi RE: peku Oct 13, 2010 10:04 AM

                  Pétrelle, as I thought I had mentioned. But it's already in my 'hood and yours, as I thought I had mentioned.
                  Along with recs on bakeries and a wine bar, all in one of the earliest replies to you.

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                    peku RE: Parigi Oct 13, 2010 11:09 AM

                    Thank you! Now, the hard part is waiting for the vacation to begin.

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                      happytoo RE: peku Oct 17, 2010 05:45 AM

                      Good luck with the strikes.

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