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Aug 31, 2014 04:07 PM

Favourite French (language) sites for food and restaurants in France?

This is mostly for the chowhounders who live in France or spend a lot of time there. What are your favourite sites in French for food, restaurants, cafés etc in France (Paris, other major cities, smaller places...)

I thought of this in response to the NYT discussion. Personally, I don't find the newspaper or magazine articles I read in French - or the gourmand sites - necessarily any more unbiased or impartial than the NYT, or those I read in the Guardian, for example.

bisous de Montréal

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  1. Since none of our resident French folks have responded (Hey Parnassien, Pti, Soup) I'll wade into these waters and dodge the bullets:
    Pti's own blog is what you'd expect of a very exacting critic, although she's often off in exotic (read Chinese) places,
    Clotilde Dusoulier does food and restaurants thoroughly and amusingly, and
    Alain Neyman is often on-top of new restos before anyone else,
    Caroline Mignot writes a quite up to date blog at
    and of course the print-guys - Francois Simon, Pudlo and Philippe Toinard have theirs,
    but sadly Soup ( and Bruno Verjus ( are less present these days for good reason.
    Which of my friends did I leave out?
    Other sites my friends?

    4 Replies
    1. re: John Talbott

      While not actually suggesting that those are fusty, I'll just stick with Le Fooding. Not perfect, but it sings to my beat.

      In a perfect world, Pti would post weekly, but that isn't her calling, the pity for us.

      1. re: John Talbott

        Merci bien! Note that I didn't specify Frenchpersons or native francophones; it is fine if people who are anglophones or have some other mother tongue respond; I just thought people who have lived in France for a while and are comfortable in French would be more likely to respond.

        1. re: lagatta

          That's very reasonable. However, anyone with intentions of spending any amount of time in France would do well to learn to read enough French to feed oneself well.

          1. re: mangeur

            Indeed, but alas that isn't always the case.

      2. "favourite sites in French for food, restaurants, cafés etc"
        Sorry, I guess I misread this, I thought you meant "in French."
        There are lots like Le Fooding, in English too.

        1. How about Gilles Pulowski's website-les pieds dans le plat-I read it periodically and has lots of information for restaurants throughout France. It was very useful recently for a visit to Lille..

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          1. re: pammi

            I'll let other comment on his reliability but one has to be careful to be sure the review is not recycled from prior years. He used to be my God until a few of his Couop de Coeurs were simply dreadful.

            1. re: John Talbott

              Reliable for identifying the places and having their contact info (plus a map, always a nice feature). Not reliable for the reviews.