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We (h&w) will be staying in an apartment (in the 3rd) for two weeks next month. We need help in narrowing down our list of possible places to eat. As you can see, the list is a bit long right now. Some pertinent factors: cost is a factor, as you can see there are no splurge places; no problem flying around the city on the metro, we've done it on our previous visits. Would appreciate suggestions for one possible mini-splurge (Aux Lyonnais?) Thanks in advance.

PARIS BISTROTS: Winter 2013 Trip

Favorites for consideration, so far, in no particular order:

Le Temps des Cerises - 4
Cafe des Musees - 3
Le Villeret - 11
Astier - 11
A la Biche au Bois - 12
L’Oppurtun - 14 (lyonnais, beaujolotherepy)
J’Go - 6
Le Pautruche - 9
Philou - 10
Le Bistrot Paul Bert
Trumilou - 4
Septime - 11 (have a res for lunch)

Others on the list:

Pirouette - 2
Bistrot Capucines - 2
Au Vieux Chene - 11
Jeanne A - 11
Dan les Landes - 5
Desvouges - 5
L’Office - 9
L’Autobus Imperial - 1
Bistrot Victoires - 1
Le Hangar - 3
L’Ourcine - 13
L’Epigramme - 6
Le Bistrot - 15
Chez Gladines - 13
La Cerisaie - 14
Camille - 3

WINE BARS

** Le Baron Rouge - 12
Les Papilles - 5
A la Cloche des Halles - 1
many others

FOR SOMETHING PARTICULAR:

AUVERGNE:

Maison de la Lozer - 6 (Thurs nite: aligot)
Le Plomb du Cantal - 14

CHOUCROUTE:

Le Bec Rouge - 15
Brasserie Ile St. Louis - 4
Chez Jenny - 3

CASSOULET:

Bistrot de L’Oulette - 4
Le Languedoc - 5
Auberge Pyrenees Cervennes - 11

STEAK FRITES

La Bourse ou la Vie - 2
Le Cafe du Commerce - 15
Le Relais de L’Entrecote - 6

CREPERIE

Joselin - 14
Breizh - 3
West Country Girl - 11

COUSCOUS

Zerda - 10
Hamadi - 5
Chez Mamane - 13

CASUAL, FAST, LUNCH, SANDWICHES

Chez Hanna - 4 (shawarma)
Petit Vendome - 2
Higuma - 1
Rouammit & Huong lan - 13
Les Pates Vivantes - 5 & 9
Bon de la Croix Rouge - 6
Al Taglio - 11

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  1. Have you searched this forum for reviews of the restaurants on your list? Your list is SO long, I'm not sure what you want us to do with it.

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    1. re: ChefJune

      Thanks for the reply. Yes, I've done quite a bit of research: primarily Lobrano, Lebovitz, Talbott, Chowhound. What we are primarily looking for are suggestions for eliminating places for consideration. Some of the bistros, for instance, might just be too similar to one another (e.g., Astier & Villeret?), so one goes off the list. In the "something particular" category, we'd appreciate any comments that would lead us, for instance, to one Steak Frite place or one Couscous place.

      A common dilemma for visitors to Paris, I suppose: so many good/excellent/great places to choose from. So, all the places on the list above made the first cut for various reasons and now it is time to seriously narrow down the list.

      1. re: PeterCL

        Do I get to vote twice?
        Add 6 Paul Bert
        Marloe
        Keep:
        Cafe des Musees - 3
        Le Villeret - 11
        Le Pautruche - 9
        Le Bistrot Paul Bert
        Septime - 11 (have a res for lunch)
        Pirouette
        Dans les Landes - 5
        L’Office - 9
        L’Epigramme - 6
        La Cerisaie - 14
        Drop:
        Astier - 11
        A la Biche au Bois - 12
        L’Oppurtun - 14 (lyonnais, beaujolotherepy)
        J’Go - 6
        Philou - 10
        Trumilou - 4
        Jeanne A.
        L’Autobus Imperial - 1
        Le Hangar - 3

    2. Okay. I'll bite.

      I'd definitely ditch Astier and, at least for the short term, keep Villeret which is much more accomoplished. You might well do better than Paul Bert which has come under service/quality/price fire with some frequency lately.

      We enjoyed Philou, but the area offers much competition, eg Le Galopin (which we love and DCM hated) and Youpi et Voilla (which we enjoyed a lot and JT hated). So you begin to see the problems of asking for judgement calls.

      Note that Jeanne A is really just a deli with a couple of tables in the back, albeit turning out quite good plates, and that Les Papilles, while technically a wine bar, is actually a set menu bistrot that offers copious quantities of simple but delicious food.

      For a mini-splurge, I'd recommend either Spring or Saturne.

      1. I would not recommend Les Pates Vivantes (5). It served the greasiest, saltiest and worst asian food I have ever encountered.

        Le Trumilou to me is very meh, but very cheap and all that entails.

        Le Relais de l'Entrecote is awful and not cheap. Try Le Severo for infinitely better steak, frites and wine for about the same price.

        I love Les Papilles, Breizh and Dans les Landes.

        I had a Seinfeldesque "Poopies Pizza" experience at Septime and for some reason the soup is always served tepid.

        I agree with Mangeur that Saturne is a great mini splurge.

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        1. re: sumdumgoy

          And I definitely agree with you in choosing Le Severo over LRdl'E.

        2. I'm a fan of Pirouette and West Country Girl, from your list.

          1. I have to agree with Chefjune that this may be a defeatingly long and seemingly not very discriminating list, showing great, good, ok, not ok, unheard-of restaurants.
            I would eliminate La Bourse et la Vie and Le Hangar, les Pates Vivantes.
            Le Hangar represents many entries on the list: ok, but only ok, not worth crossing town for.
            The justs-ok entries plus the unheard-of ones (most probably because I am ignorant) make up a great majority of the list. So I can't even say what to eliminate from the list.
            Say, my cutoff point is Pantruche: ok but won't go back. Among the restos I recognized, I'd go back to Dans Les Landes, l'Office (wavering), Pirouette, Café des Musées (only lunch), but I must be missing something. Rereading the list each time is time-consuming, sorriest.
            Head's still reeling.

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            1. re: Parigi

              May I add: Peter, I have dined with you once and know you to have discriminating taste, which is why I allowed myself to comment as above. In short, YOU are better than your list.
              I forgot to add: Dans Les Landes is also a place I would cross town for, and often do. The tapas dishes are small, which means you could sample quite a few and compose your own dégustation menu.
              Hope you don't mind my comments on your list. :-)

              1. re: Parigi

                Thanks Parigi, John T, and all for your comments & suggestions. Much appreciated. Based on these and some re-thinking, here is an edited and much shortened list of possibles. Additional comments, suggestions welcome.

                Revised List: Favorites for consideration, so far, in no particular order:

                Le 6 Paul Bert
                Marloe
                Le Richer or L’Office - 9
                Le Temps des Cerises - 4
                Cafe des Musees - 3
                Le Villeret - 11
                Le Pautruche - 9
                Le Bistrot Paul Bert (?)
                Septime - 11
                Pirouette - 2
                Dans les Landes - 5
                La Cerisaie - 14
                L’Epigramme - 6

                FOR SOMETHING PARTICULAR:

                AUVERGNE:

                Maison de la Lozer - 6 (Thurs nite: aligot)
                Le Plomb du Cantal - 14

                CHOUCROUTE:

                Le Bec Rouge - 15
                Brasserie Ile St. Louis - 4

                CASSOULET:

                Bistrot de L’Oulette - 4
                Auberge Pyrenees Cervennes - 11

                STEAK FRITES

                Le Severo

                CREPERIE

                Joselin - 14
                Breizh - 3
                West Country Girl - 11

                COUSCOUS

                Zerda - 10
                Hamadi - 5

                1. re: PeterCL

                  Thanx.
                  My trimming:
                  Le 6 Paul Bert
                  Le Richer or L’Office - 9
                  Cafe des Musees - 3
                  Septime - 11
                  Pirouette - 2
                  Dans les Landes - 5

                  Re CHOUCROUTE:
                  Are you staying in an apartment? I would get choucroute either from Les Papilles Gourmandes (26, where our Soupphie seems to be camping out these days), or from Aux Vrais Produits d'Auvergne (21)
                  Choucroute is a dish easily reheated at home. remember to cover the charcuteries with the saukraut when heating. It is very good, and you will be paying 1/3 or 1/4 of resto prices.

                  COUSCOUS
                  Zerda - 10
                  Hamadi - 5
                  I like both. Zerda is funky. Hamadi is proletarian funky.

                  1. re: Parigi

                    Thanks; getting there. Yes, staying in an apartment. Funny, for the last 10 years or so we have stayed in apts when in Europe, but until last year's stay for a couple of weeks in Rome over Xmas we have never eaten in the apartment, when we did it twice.

                    Might have to do Zerda and Hamadi; couscous is a rare treat for us. We went to Chez Omar our last Paris visit and enjoyed it (altho I understand it is not well regarded by the CH crew). Had a great young waiter who spoke very limited English; he brought the harissa, saying "like ketchup".