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Feb 28, 2014 01:06 PM

Under-appreciated, under-hyped, under-NYT-crowned places that deserve attention.

From time to time, places are mentioned here that aren't on the "usual list":
By "usual list", I mean a list, such as this one put forth by a writer to my blog:
Bistro Paul Bert
Chez L'ami Jean
Le 6 Paul Bert
Le Cinq
It's a wonderful list. I love them all. But then, there are places, such as Parnassien mentioned today/tonight - Philippe Excoffier and L'Entre Amis - that escape endorsement.
I have a list, "I've got a little list" (copyright G&S) that has places that get no mention here and deserve our attention, such as: Le Petit Championnet, Roca, Plantxa, Pollop, Felicity Lemon, Encore, Le Café des Abattoirs, well, that's enough.
Please provide us with other examples (and yes Chef June, we'll accept Maceo).

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  1. Let me quickly start (but my train is about to pull into the Gare du Nord) with the Rostang places... the already mentioned carnivore-fab Café des Abattoirs, fish-fab Le Dessirier, the Bistrot Flaubert, and the mothership Michel Rostang... all great food, all oozing Frenchness, and all with very affordable options.

    And yes yes, La Gazzetta with its new chef, the very new Blue Valentine, and the also new Coretta.

    Other suggestions to follow.

    1. Les Canailles
      Bistro Bellet

      1. I will add Bistros Bruyere and Belhara.

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        1. re: Laidback

          Bistro La Bruyère, That 9th arrondissement food fengshui again.

        2. This is a topic I've been waiting for without knowing it. Thank you all.

          But for those of us lurkers who only get to Paris every 30 years or so, could you include addresses so we don't get too confused?

          Merci. (I'm practicing.)

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          1. re: designatedeater

            You can google.
            For example, google: bistro bellet paris.
            It is what I would do. There is no advantage of my googling over your googling.

            1. re: designatedeater

              Every 30 years or so, addresses change, so Parigi is correct, Google or as Parnassien would say - blush - go to John Talbott's Paris for anything I write/wrote up.
              BTW, these are all great places and we are clinging to the foolish hope that they will not hit the Yankee press.

                1. re: mangeur

                  You mean Walt Kelly was right? - “We have met the enemy and he is us.”
                  Nah, Parnassien, Parigi, Pti and Soup aren't the enemies and they aren't us.
                  The Internet and French websites have broken down the walls between secret places, openings only open to the sacred 20 and the great unwashed.

                  1. re: John Talbott

                    Précisément, asking English-speakers on Chowhound France where the secret places are is self-defeating, entertaining people who, when they go to Lhassa, imagine they blend in just like a yak.

                    1. re: Parigi

                      We gladly suffer yaks who don't talk too loudly in Tibetan. It's those other yaks we frown on. And those who handle their silverware weirdly.

                      1. re: Parigi

                        By definition, "secret places" cannot be here.

                        1. re: Parigi

                          Um, how did "under-appreciated, under-hyped" get translated as secret or unknown ? I thought we were dealing with very worthy restaurants that are outside the usual Chowhound rut.

                          There are no secrets in Paris (except maybe the excellent steaks at the cigar-smoking get-rich-quick 30-something's hangout Le Steaking on the rue Sabot in the 6th).

                          1. re: Parnassien

                            "I thought we were dealing with very worthy restaurants that are outside the usual Chowhound rut."
                            That was my intention.

                  1. re: Parigi

                    Lemme do a little Adrian channeling here: "Huh?"
                    Or switching back to John Talbott, intrepid investigator of things culinary - can you give us a few details - such as where (of course the 9th), when, what?

                    1. re: John Talbott

                      It is outside the Marché St Quentin on rue Chabrol. That, Playtime and Chez Casimir are where the market vendors dine.