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May 8, 2013 11:32 AM

August ................... urgh!!!

Not that we could have done this any differently due a certain 14 year old's summer schedule but we just keep getting crushed at every corner on the august closures

I keep getting emails like this from my Concierge friend :

"Further to our last emails, we would like to inform you that both Le Voltaire and Pharamond will be closed the whole month of August."


"Further to your previous mails, we regret to inform you that:

Bistrot Paul Bert will be closed from July 27th to August 27th.
6 Paul Bert will be closed from August 3rd to 27th.
Severo will be closed from July 27th to August 25th.
Café des Musées will be closed for one week in August but they don’t know yet.
Pot O’Lait will be closed from August 1st to August 16th."

didn't understand the comment from another thread about it being too early to decide for august..............seems most places have their schedules set

anyway if we are looking for two dinners in the classic brasserie or bistro setting I have these options as of now:

Pamela Popo
Le Comptoir
Brasserie Thoumieux
Le Grand Colbert

If you had two nights which of the two would you chose (I think I know what the answer will be on the last option!) or do you have other options that are known for remaining open in the dog days of August?

as always



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  1. Saturne was open for a good part of August last year. This is a tasty option, but a set menu.

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    1. re: Nancy S.

      thanks Nancy as always!! looks lovely but a little too gastro for the 14 year old............why traditional menus work better for us

    2. Pamelo Popo is far far far from the classic brasserie or bistro setting. But quite good modern French cuisine. In the same area of the 4th, you might consider Au Bourguignon du Marais for your trad old-school experience. I also very fond of the cutesy Le Taxi Jaune on the rue Chapon in the 3rd.

      1. If it is open I would choose Le Saotico over all except, perhaps, Pamela Popo.

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        1. re: jock

          got it yes on Pamela Popo as more noveau...................and I am getting these from you Parnassien from another thread (i am stalking you! :)).........and yes you can add Au Bourguignon to the disappointing list of august closures.........

          so if we do Pamela Popo I think Le Taxi Jaune is a little too gastro as well? especially with the kid? I like Jock's suggestion on Le Saotico..............any other thoughts on very traditional bistro?

          1. re: davidcotyalex

            Jock is a wine dude. His recommendations should count as double.

            1. re: davidcotyalex

              August can indeed be disappointing. For me, the most disappointing bit is the vacation schedule of my favorite patisseries and boulangeries, and the fact that the street markets are "thin" compared to the other months. Nevertheless, I've spent lots of time in Paris in August and have always found lots that is tasty.

              1. re: Nancy S.

                lol parigi!

                and that is exactly what my wife told me Nancy!

              2. re: davidcotyalex

                Le Taxi Jaune is very classic at its core... what can be more trad than horsemeat on the menu? but there's lots more than Trigger to choose from

                Ok, some more trad or trad-ish bistro recs:
                Au Vieux Comptoir on the rue Lavandières-Sainte-Opportune (the smallest streets often have the longest names) in the 1st;
                Les Pipos on the rue Montagne-Sainte-Geneviève/ rue de l'Ecole Polytechnique in the 5th... certain 14-year olds will love it;
                l'Ecurie on the rue Laplace/rue Montagne Sainte-Geneviève in the 5th... steaks steak steaks... cheap cheap cheap;
                Chez Marie Louise on the rue Marie et Louise in the Canal St Martin quartier;
                Bistrot des Victoires on the rue Vrillière off the place des Victoires in the 1st

                I can think of a zillion other places so if none of these suit you, ask for more

                1. re: Parnassien

                  can I just have your phone number?!!

                  yeah the horsemeat threw me for a curve :)

                  thanks awesome will get to searching.............but after the 14 year old's baseball game (and the reason for the august dates - baseball!)


                  1. re: Parnassien

                    oooh le pipos love it but I need to do this sober!

                    thanks again for all of this help - I really appreciate it!

                    1. re: Parnassien

                      Parnassien - once again thanks a million

                      Looooove Les Pipos - it just made the first night of our trip.

                      Understand what pamela popo is and I think it would be a nice change from the approve of that one right? so that is night #2 on wednesday

                      so now I am down to the following..................if you could be so kind what are your #1 and #2 (because I may save some dough and knock out Epicure i am loving these places so much! the problem is I like all of them (comptoir is closed)!


                      Chez Marie Louise

                      Bistrot des Victoires

                      7em Vin - a new one that I am liking a lot

                      I guess the most important thing is the menu - needs to be able to satisfy my wife who is a veg but does eat fish - and the the certain 14 year old so having chicken wouldn't hurt either.................second is atmosphere and probably the ability to make a reservation

                      last question - running into closures on ceperies - what do you think of Mamie Tevennec??

                      thanks again - you guys have been awesome over here on CH!!

                      1. re: davidcotyalex

                        Re #1 and #2...I most often choose restaurants for the quartier, how it fits into my other plans, and the weather. If the weather is good, #1 would be Chez Marie Louise just because the Canal Saint-Martin is so pleasant in the summer. Bistrot des Victoires would be a good lunch pick because it's near-ish to the Louvre, the idyllic gardens of the Palais Royal, the historic covered galeries (i.e. Vivienne, Colbert), and lots of other restaurants on the rue Petits Champs and rue Richelieu in case Bistrot Victoires is too busy or has "misplaced" my rezzie. l'Ecurie is a carnivore's delight so if your wife doesn't eat red meat maybe not a good choice... they do have chicken/ fish on the menu but I doubt if it's done very well. Le 7eme Vin, I like but do not have many frequent flier miles there... it's simple, no-nonsense, unfussy food and and quite good house wine... it can get very uncomfortable inside if there's a heat wave but there is a very nice terrace in summer (if high temps, make sure your concierge can snag an outside table for you).

                        Since you seem to be attracted by restaurants with a warm buzz, maybe a Basque restaurant (famous for their joie de vivre) should be on your list: ultra-cutesy l'Auberge Etchegorry in the 13th... way off the tourist trail but not very exciting quartier... and probably closed in August (not sure); the very affordable Au Dernier Métro on the boulevard Grenelle in the 15th... but has a sports bar aspect; the bustling Cantine du Troquet Dupleix on the boulevard Grenelle in the 15th ... lovely terrace; le P'tit Troquet on the rue de l'Exposition in the 7th... just a 10-minute stroll to the Eiffel Tower... but oops, I seem to remember it was closed last August; Chez Gladines on the rue des Cinq Diamants in the hyper-charming Butte aux Cailles quartier in the 13th.

                        Crêpes, don't sweat it. Just avoid the the horrible crêpe stands on streets around the major tourist sites. And I don't think that any crêperie is a destination in itself. The best is Pot O'Lait but, unless I happen to be prowling around that part of the 5th, I'd make do with whatever crêperie is close at hand. St Germain des Prés (i.e Little Breizh, la Compagnie de Bretagne, and a few places on the rue des Canettes) and Montparnasse (i.e. Ti-Jos, Josselin, etc etc) have a good assortment.

                        1. re: Parnassien

                          I had no idea that L'Auberge Etchegorry was still alive and well; that's good news. I have fond memories of that place. They have excellent stuffed chipirons in ink.

                          1. re: Ptipois

                            The chipirons à l'encre farcis are my fave too! We should get married. :)

                            1. re: Parnassien

                              Indeed. Over a dish of chipirons à l'encre.

                          2. re: Parnassien

                            If Montparnasse is a possibility, then you will find at least four crêperies open in August by strolling down the tiny and cute r. montparnasse (Edgar Quinet Metro stop). Within three blocks, there will probably another five open as well. This is a traditionally Breton neighborhood from the nearby railroad terminus that services the Paris-Brest line.

                  2. I've found that has the schedules for August openings (or closings) of its member restaurants. Check that site for details.

                    The site also has some mid week specials offered, be sure to look for those as well!

                    1. Aside from the fact that it's closed in August, why in the world have a concierge book Le Pot'O Lait ?

                      It is a crêperie*, for Pete's sake, you just go in and get seated. It's like booking a corner café to have a cup of joe. Please don't make it go down the way of Breizh Café.

                      * My neighborhood crêperie to be exact.

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                      1. re: Ptipois

                        we didn't ask to book we asked to check if it is open............Mamie Tevennec seems to be our best option on the creperie as it is indeed open

                        1. re: Ptipois

                          I think Pti has already said this, but it's worth repeating - restaurants often don't give their exact dates of closure (Michelin or Pudlo saying "closed two or three weeks in August" is not of much help).
                          My rule after 60 years of eating in Paris (and yes, I'm playing the geezer-card) August's/Christmas's/NY's/May/etc is to ask in person in June-July and failing that to telephone.
                          I've been told too many times 'Oh I don't know, I'll have to ask chef."

                          1. re: John Talbott

                            thanks john but I am enjoying my poor attempt at asking if they speak english and getting specific about early august - most often they actually are putting me on hold and I presume asking the chef?!! the interaction has been quite charming!

                            but for the most part once I settle I am going to be pretty much done.............though hopefully with an armful on plan b and c if the designated spot doesn't work out

                            I really need to get back to italy - a country I am entirely unfamiliar with !

                            1. re: John Talbott

                              any comments on the list to parnassien? merci

                              1. re: John Talbott

                                I forgot to mention that Figaroscope and others (Paris by mouth) publish what's open when closer to August.

                                1. re: John Talbott

                                  I think I am there john............did you see my final list??!!

                                  1. re: davidcotyalex

                                    'I think I am there john............did you see my final list??!!"
                                    Oh oh, I'm not sure, I may be lost in the blizzard of recs,
                                    But my query - is there anything else i/we can help decide/recommend?

                                    1. re: John Talbott

                                      no worries - I think I am good

                                      lunches..................chez plumeau/cuisine de philippe/la compaigne de bretagne/square trousseau

                                      dinners............les pipos/pamela popo/au dernier metro/ group dinners at flottes and la coupole

                                      actually one last question - we are considering substituting 114 Faubourg for Epicure given the certain 14 year old? last night of a big so money isn't really the concern - just a really nice experience that is good for all is the objective

                                  2. re: John Talbott

                                    Not a surefire way of knowing the Summer closing dates but likely to give an idea: go to La Fourchette, find the restaurant, and look at the reservation schedule. See what periods in what months are greyed. That's a clue.

                                    1. re: Ptipois

                                      I mentioned in my post above, but it seems folks took little notice....

                                      Perhaps they will pay more attention the second time!

                                      1. re: lemarais

                                        lafourchette is going to be getting interesting, according to today's paper...seems the site will now require that the restauranteurs give a discount of between 30 to 50%, instead of the usual 20% - with no possibility of down-sizing portions! I would venture a guess that many places may choose to opt out of this reservation system...stay tuned!