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Recommendation for Thanksgiving in Paris

zelda358 Nov 9, 2012 07:12 AM

I'll be in Paris for Thanksgiving. Many years ago, I was in Paris during the holiday and had a wonderful Parisian version of Thanksgiving dinner at a small restaurant/inn. It was fun and delicious to experience the French interpretation of such a traditional American meal. Any suggestions of where to go?

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  1. John Talbott RE: zelda358 Nov 9, 2012 08:54 AM

    Flora's new joint will (try to) do an American type T-giving for 45 E without drinks. I'm a fan of hers esp at the new place where she, as opposed to so many chefs, is actually there.

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      zelda358 RE: John Talbott Nov 9, 2012 09:17 AM

      Thanks. What's Flora's full name? I'll look her and her spot up. Thanks again.

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        John Talbott RE: zelda358 Nov 10, 2012 08:08 AM

        7.5 L'Auberge Flora, 44 blvd Richard Lenoir in the 11th,, open 7/7 more on my website.

    2. sunshine842 RE: zelda358 Nov 10, 2012 01:06 PM

      I can't attest to ANY of these -- but

      Bistro Saint-Martin is advertising on some of the expat websites: http://bistrotsaint-martin.com/Specia...

      The expat magazine Fusac also has lots of ads in this month's edition -- page through this month's issue here: http://www.fusac.info/last/index.html

      I believe Joe Allen and Breakfast in America are also doing some version of the meal -- their websites would have more information.


      Ralph's (the Ralph Lauren restaurant) is also advertising a meal, but I hesitate to link to it, as I have yet to hear a single flattering review of the place. (Expensive, meh, and horrid service -- from Parisians


      (Can't speak to anything from Joe Allen except their pumpkin pie - friends brought one of their pies to our dinner last year, and it was rubbish. No flavor, burned to a crisp, and layered with granulated sugar to try to mask the burned custard. Not a good impression....)

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        michaela RE: zelda358 Nov 16, 2012 08:15 AM

        I'll be in Paris on Thanksgiving with my family also, and we're looking for a place.

        But we don't really need American-style - just a good comfortable restaurant where we can relax and have a nice long leisurely meal. We'll be staying in the 7th near the d'Orsay.

        Any recommendations?

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          sunshine842 RE: michaela Nov 16, 2012 08:42 AM

          Michaela, read the posts in this thread-- there are several very-detailed responses.

          If you don't want turkey and all the trimmings, all the restaurants will be open as usual -- Paris doesn't celebrate Thanksgiving, so it's just another Thursday.

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            LeRique RE: sunshine842 Nov 16, 2012 11:58 AM

            Check out dave leibovitz blog for an extensive list.

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            John Talbott RE: michaela Nov 17, 2012 01:04 PM

            Having tried to replicate Thanksgiving in Paris both out and at home, this year we'll ignore it and just have some good eats at the Clocher de Montmartre.

          3. Laidback RE: zelda358 Nov 18, 2012 05:30 AM

            At the insistence of one of our former senior memberesses from N.C., Le Violon d'Ingres started preparing a Tday repast a couple of years back. You might call them and ask to be included.

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              lemarais RE: zelda358 Nov 21, 2012 08:28 PM

              This place has been doing American Thanksgiving for several years:


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                zelda358 RE: zelda358 Nov 27, 2012 07:28 AM

                Thanks to all who replied. We had an absolutely wonderful time in Paris. Though we made only one reservation before leaving for the trip, we managed to eat well (surprise!) for all four days. It was my daughter's (18 years old) first trip there and she was suitably impressed with the city, the food and the very friendly, helpful Parisians. Thanks again!

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                  sunshine842 RE: zelda358 Nov 27, 2012 07:48 AM

                  so where did you end up on Thanksgiving?

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                  zelda358 RE: zelda358 Nov 27, 2012 07:59 AM

                  We ended up having a very good -- non-traditional -- dinner at L'Ardoise, 28 Rue du Mont Thabor. I had delicious venison with chestnuts and spiced pear and peaches. The menu at 36 euros was very good -- though not the desserts. It was very busy with what seemed to be tourists and non-tourists alike. Perhaps because the food was quite good and the prices are very reasonable. In fact, by the time we left there was a line out the door of those waiting for tables.

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                    John Talbott RE: zelda358 Nov 27, 2012 09:17 AM

                    "I had delicious venison with chestnuts"
                    Actually this is what my American expat friend in Geneva and i prepared for Thanksgiving in the family chateau in Villeneuve after reducing bottles and bottles of the family's own wine for our sauce. I thought it was pretty traditional.

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                      zelda358 RE: John Talbott Nov 27, 2012 09:35 AM

                      Yes, I guess nothing could be more traditional than venison. The pilgrims and their Native American friends would have feasted on it for sure!

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