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Jun 14, 2014 10:15 AM

What food/restaurants do you crave when not in Paris?

Hi Everyone,
Thanks for providing so much great information about food in France!

When you are home from your vacation thinking about the food you had Paris, what makes you want to go back? If you stopped by Paris and only had one day, which restaurant(s) would you refuse to skip? This can include ANYTHING... expensive/inexpensive restaurants, bakeries, etc.

I'm curious to hear your thoughts!

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    1. re: Busk

      Thanks, Busk. Really appreciate people like you who make searching through long threads a waste of time ;-).

      1. re: Busk

        Absolutely! Poulet roti/frites at Balzar, and many other places, on a casual weekend. And at the other extreme, Bresse et al, at a starred venue.

        1. re: Oakglen

          Hard sausage, pate, bread, jambon cru...but only the good

        1. re: Delucacheesemonger

          Oh Christ, poitrine fume, french bacon, oh yeh, Christian Constant confiture also, oh oh oh Ferme St Hubert Maroilles. Certainly the ficelle at Grenier du Pain Abbesses and pain de Martyr at Landemaine Martyr.

        2. Oysters, foie gras, Juveniles, Baron Rouge and the wonderful people we've gotten to know there.

          1. Sautéed foie gras, sautéed brains (sorry squeamish folk) and reasonably priced wines (except in Italy).

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            1. re: John Talbott

              I'd second the reasonably priced wines. We have most of the items mentioned here except some specialities, here in Montréal, but the price of wine and cheese (even our very good local cheeses) is many times higher.

              Another for me, when I'm at home (and also in the Netherlands) is how much earlier reasonably "local" produce arrives in Spring - even if it comes from more southern regions, the arrival time is so much less than when our produce is still coming from California and Mexico.

              The coffee in my particular neighbourhood (Petite-Italie) near Marché Jean-Talon is much better than at places of the same price level in Paris, though, because it really is authentically Italian at the best places, and not at gentrified prices.

              We have very good bread and croissants where I live, but that is less generalized than in Paris.

              The standard of French butter is much higher. Once again, we have fine butter, but it is a niche market and expensive.

              And it is so handy to be able to get a good rôtisserie chicken, even in neighbourhoods that are far from posh, or market centres.

              When in the Netherlands, I terribly miss good baguettes or bread with any bite. Their bread is dreadfully soft; not like German bread. And the hothouse vegetables are tasteless, even in summertime. In Italy, I only missed croissants and sharp mustard. Italian croissants are doughy and full of sweet cr*p! But plenty of good, affordable wine, and better coffee than the French bog standard.

            2. Andouillette. Most else I can buy or cobble up at home. Re sources, I would die for a branch of G. Detou at home.