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Sep 5, 2012 12:08 AM

8 Nights in Paris in early Oct - Eating Itinerary - Pls Critique!

Hi all, my friend and I will be in Paris for 8 nights(7 full days) with a mission to eat delicious food. This is my 8th time in Paris so most of my itinerary is planned aound our meals.

We want a balance of old-school classics, neo Bistros, wine bars and one or two fancy meals (don't necessary need to be super fancy as I'm taking a break from stuffy/over the top restaurants). Oh and we LOVE oysters.

Is my list below too heavy on bistro food? Wouldn't mind to include on classic brasserie - thoughts?

Here is my list so far. Your comments are greatly appreciated!

1. St. Regalade (Is the one in the 14th THAT much more superior than the Louvre location?)
2. Le Petit Chaise
3. Frenchie Wine Bar (have given up on getting a res for Frenchie the resto)
4. Les Papilles
5. Le Galopin
6. Chateaubriand
7. Chez Dumonet Josephine
8. L'agape substance (dinner reservation made)

Lunch for the restaurants or afternoon snacks for the wine bars
1. Cafe des Musees
2. Le Rubis
3. Les Fines Gueules
4. Bellota Bellota (we love iberico jamon)
5. Spring (lunch reservation made)
6. Septime
7. L'Office
8. A La Biche au Bois
9. Les Fines Gueules
10. Le Garde Robe
11. Baron Rouge

The above doesn't include pastisseries or boulangeries...but that's for another post :-)

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  1. I wouldn't dismiss La Regalade St. H.; another poster here and I tried them head-to-head and they both have their strengths.
    I'm not hot about Petit Chaise (it seems not to fit into your other likes) nor Chateaubriand but I'm an outlier when it comes to Aizpitarte. And there have been negative comments about Fines Gueules latly (not from me though).
    But otherwise except for gaining 8 kilos, it looks good.

    5 Replies
    1. re: John Talbott

      Hi John - Thanks for your comments. 2 Questins:

      1. Could you elaborate more on your thoughts re: Petit Chaise? I read on David Lebovitz's blog that they do classic French spot on - c'est vrai?

      2. The reason Fines Gueules is on my list is because of their steak tartare. Any recommndation on a kick-a$$ steak tartare?

      Merci beaucoup!

      1. re: Piccolinaabroad

        "Petit Chaise"
        If we're talking about the same place - near Science-Po - it just wasn't worth the trip.
        Paris' oldest restaurant should be distinctive; this wasn't. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't memorable.

        1. re: John Talbott

          Thanks - well noted. Will need another restaurant for a Sunday night dinner then!

          Any thoughts on the steak tartare? It's one of my favorite things to eat in Paris!

          Thanks again

          1. re: Piccolinaabroad

            Chez Denise has a great steak tartare. If you eat lunch at ALB au Bois, not only is dinner unlikely, but any other activities that day may be threatened. HEAVY!
            If you are doing Bellota-Bellota l would use the one on Rue Jean Nicot not the one in Galleries Lafayette. The ham cutters in the latter are not as good at the task as the other.
            l am one who likes the Regalade in the 14th.

        2. re: Piccolinaabroad

          Kick-a$$ Steak Tartare? Josephine Chez Dumonet. ;)