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Christina D Jun 1, 2011 06:12 PM

I love the food at Petit Louis, but I can't stand the room. The noise level is well documented, but my main complaint is the proximity of the tables. The last time we were there, the server almost knocked over my wine glass with her backside (she shimmied between the tables to fill water glasses).

Is there another place with good French bistro fare in Baltimore where I won't have to worry about backpockets in my bread basket?

Thanks!

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Petit Louis
4800 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210

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    xmasteeth Jun 6, 2011 02:59 PM

    Have none of you been to b in bolton hill?

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      lawhound Jun 7, 2011 06:04 AM

      That's a really good point. b is excellent; I don't think of it as French because the food has so many different influences (Italian, Spanish, etc.). But it is a great bistro nonetheless.

      However, the tables are about as closely packed as Petit Louis.

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      Petit Louis
      4800 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210

    2. foster Jun 2, 2011 01:29 PM

      Chameleon Cafe is excellent, but the table spacing & noise may not be very different at certain times of the evening.....

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        adamsole Jun 2, 2011 05:50 PM

        Not in Baltimore, but in Ellicott City there is Tersiguel's. I personally haven't been so I can't add much more to this thread. sorry,

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        Tersiguel's
        8293 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043

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          JonParker Jun 2, 2011 07:00 PM

          Tersiguel's isn't really bistro fare though.

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          Tersiguel's
          8293 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043

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            tartuffe Jun 3, 2011 10:08 AM

            This is a very sad thread. PL has very good food, altho I agree with OP re noise and close tables (of course, that's Tony Foreman tracking real bistros where those conditions are the norm--I have been in well-regarded bistros in Paris where the tables are significantly closer, altho I cannot recall any that were noisier).

            What is sad is that there really is no other bistro food closer than Columbia

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              lawhound Jun 3, 2011 12:57 PM

              Would it be nice to have more French venues in baltimore? Sure. But our one and only (other than Marie Louise, which is a step below) happens to be a good-looking place (even if some find it too loud. etc., which I too agree makes it similar to the original article), with excellent food that is almost always à point, first-rate service, and a great, thoroughly French wine list.

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        hotel Jun 2, 2011 05:59 AM

        I haven't visited Marie Louis Bistro in a while, but it might be what you are looking for.

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          hon Jun 2, 2011 09:16 AM

          not really french bistro food there.
          Corner BYOB in Hampden might work.

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            JonParker Jun 2, 2011 09:24 AM

            Another not in Baltimore but very nice bistro is Cafe de Paris in Columbia. The atmosphere is exactly what you are looking for.

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              lawhound Jun 2, 2011 09:45 AM

              Second on Cafe de Paris. The food is not quite as good as Petit Louis, however. The food at Marie Louise is not nearly as good as PL.

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              Petit Louis
              4800 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210

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                hon Jun 2, 2011 10:24 AM

                that place is actually around the corner from where I work, I can't believe I have never checked it out!

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                  ILoveBacon Jun 2, 2011 12:32 PM

                  I second the Cafe de Paris recommendation. Be sure to go at dinner, as their lunch menu is crepes and sandwiches only.

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                hotel Jun 6, 2011 11:45 AM

                Just curious but what are you considering bistro food and how would Corner BYOB fit it? I am just back from Paris and ate in quite a few bistros. Menu looks pretty comparable.

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                  hon Jun 6, 2011 12:25 PM

                  that was my suggestion too

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              bordeauxfan Jun 2, 2011 04:06 AM

              Not Baltimore per se, but near the end of I-97 south before you get to Annapolis. Les Folies Brasserie gets mixed reviews on this board, but it does meet your requirements.

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              Les Folies Brasserie
              2552 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401

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                crackers Jun 2, 2011 07:50 PM

                Les Folies has gone completely downhill since the previous owner died. Abysmal service and food not much better. It's hardly recognizable as French and certainly not located in Baltimore, so it doesn't meet the OP's requirements, IMO.

                I have to say that I love Petite Louis. Head and shoulders above any other French bistro fare in Baltimore. I enjoyed a perfect Salad Nicoise last week. I think the bustling atmosphere, with close tables, is a big part of the charm.

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