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Jul 23, 2013 08:28 AM

Need help finding a restaurant for Parisians with specific requirements

Hi everyone, I'm posting on behalf of a friend. Her Parisian Aunt and Uncle are in town this Friday and are looking for somewhere to go out to eat. I'm told that the aunt has requested something they can't easily get in Paris, that isn't too far from their hotel (they're staying at The Lenox Hotel on Exeter Street), and my friend doesn't want to eat hamburgers. I feel like a lot of the good restaurants in that area are French-inspired, but please tell me if I'm missing something! Also, I think that the most lenient requirement is that it be close to the hotel—this is what cabs are for, right? So let's say South End is fair game.

I suggested Estelle's, Sweet Cheeks, and ICOB, but please weigh in if you feel inspired! I feel like Mexican, American Southern, or seafood are probably the least Parisian/most Boston. Thanks everyone!

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  1. Send them to your favorite sushi place, there isn't much good in that category in Paris. Oishii South End is a 20 min walk or a 5 min cab ride.

    1. Sweet Cheeks was my first thought.

      1. I'd have to say BBQ is about as uniquely non-Parisian as it gets..

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          1. I gorge on seafood when in Paris!!

            But maybe something more like fried clams or a lobster roll.

            I'm sure Paris has a Chinese presence that I have not explored but what about a high top at Little Q?

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            1. re: C. Hamster

              I'd imagine that franco-chinese is quite different from american-chinese, and probably to a decent extent even dealing with the authentic stuff

              1. re: jgg13

                why would french chinese be more "authentic"?

                  1. re: jgg13

                    "probably to a decent extent even dealing with the authentic stuff"


                    not trying to be dense. what did you mean?

                    1. re: hotoynoodle

                      Poorly phrased on my part. See my response to Slim

                1. re: jgg13

                  If I hear you correctly, you're saying, "All traditional Chinese restaurants are alike; every locally-adapted Chinese restaurant (American-Chinese, Indian-Chinese, French-Chinese) is screwed up in its own way."


                  1. re: MC Slim JB


                    Yes, I was saying that Chinese food from different countries will vary due to differing regional tastes.

                    But I was also saying that I'd expect to also see some variance in supposedly authentic/traditional fare as well for similar reasons (just less so). This second point is just speculation on my part as the Chinese I've had in other countries I've intentionally ordered the local hybrid stuff

                    1. re: jgg13

                      I was just making a cheap Tolstoy joke.

                      But I do find the fact that hyphenate-Chinese cuisines are so different from traditional Chinese and each other kind of fascinating. The only version I recall trying overseas is French-Chinese cuisine, and while it wasn't bad, I expect it would draw the same reaction from a Chinese ex-pat as American-Chinese food might: "Whatever this is, it has very little to do with the food of my homeland, other than maybe the knife-work."

                      What I want to know is, how come Indian-Chinese food (or rather, the Indian-Chinese food I've had here in America) is so much better, more interesting than American-Chinese food?


                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                        Apparently I need to brush up on my Tolstoy.

                        Many years ago a friend's boss told me his philosophy when traveling was to always have chinese food. I thought it was ludicrous at the time (why not eat the local fare?) until I realized that often chinese food *is* local fare.

                        As for indo-chinese, perhaps because they're closer geographically and have been melding flavors for millennia? Or more likely it's like mixing peanut butter and chocolate.

                        re indo-chinese, one thing I always wonder when having it here is to what extent I'm having american-indian-chinese vs indian-chinese.

                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                          have you been to mission chinese in SF or NYC?

                          1. re: cambridgedoctpr

                            I have not, but I suspect there's a reason people are gaga over them, namely, that extraordinary American-Chinese food is such a unicorn.


                      2. re: MC Slim JB

                        For the record, the Chinese we had in Milan was horrible.

                        1. re: C. Hamster

                          interesting though i have had very good Chinese food in Paris.

                          The French had more colonies; I guess.