Paris after 15 years

Feb 19th, 2016, 03:44 PM
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I guess I've been told.
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Feb 19th, 2016, 03:48 PM
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Me too, MmePerdu.
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Feb 19th, 2016, 03:51 PM
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We're SO naughty, k., very naughty indeed.
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Feb 19th, 2016, 04:58 PM
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i was once recommended to a thai restaurant in my city that i lived in for over 26 years. when my wife and i got there, it was inside a hotel that looks it rents its room by the hour. the restaurant only takes in walk ins and is only open from 5 to 8. take out is optional because they are so busy. it is extremely well reviewed and has won every award it can qualify in. a tourist would never be so brave to go to a place like this unless a local gives its thumbs up. it is for this reason i started my thread today and was pleasantly surprised by some of the condescending replies.

kerouac---over 43 years in Paris and the best you can come up with is go and if you don't like it too bad but if you do go again maybe.

MmePerdu--you are right-you've been told.

to everyone who offered a restaurant or a link--it is very well appreciated.
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Feb 19th, 2016, 06:45 PM
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I agree with Uncle Billy in It's a Wonderful Life. The 3 best sounds in the world are

Breakfast is served
Lunch is served
Dinner is served

We stay in the 11th, near Richard Lenoir and Oberkamf. You may not make it to that neighborhood, but we love Ober Mamma (I understand it's quite hard to get into now as they take no reservations). It's become a really nice area of good restaurants.

We had a lovely meal at Frenchie's wine bar. It's hard to get into Frenchie's. But the wine bar across the street you just queue for.

For some inexplicable reason, I like Chez Janou near the Place des Voges. It is the most darling little place to me.

If I'm in the 7th, I'll eat at Cafe Constant.

Enjoy your trip.
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Feb 19th, 2016, 09:41 PM
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Check out the website Paris By Mouth. Many great (and a few not so great) reviews, neighborhood guides and links to restaurants in which you can book.

I just booked a couple of reservations for a stay in March...
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Feb 20th, 2016, 07:53 AM
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zmzm917- I'm one of those people who travels to eat, so I tend to do a TON of research before I go anywhere. I like to have multiple options based on the neighborhoods I'll be staying in and sightseeing in. My vacation time is precious, and I don't want to waste a meal on something crappy if I don't have to.

For research, I tend to start with
There's a guy who posts reviews there regularly and has his own blog, so that's been a good reference too.
For this upcoming trip, I've also bookmarked several places on Paris By Mouth.
I might also cross reference Yelp and Trip Advisor and if there's someone here who has posted a particularly descriptive foodie trip report, I'll take note.

It's hard to make specific recommendations for you because I don't know what area you'll be in. Where will you be staying?
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Feb 20th, 2016, 08:19 AM
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Pfff - we have threads going on about being nice to new posters.

Here I am wanting to give advice but wanting to get more info than just ' arestaurant somewhere' and then I read this

'kerouac---over 43 years in Paris and the best you can come up with is go and if you don't like it too bad but if you do go again maybe.

MmePerdu--you are right-you've been told. '

Kerouac2 and MmePerdu are both great regulars who are never nasty (for MmePerdu) and nearly never...

Since I am much less nice than these regulars, I will consider myself told too...

Some posters have a knack to attract answers.
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Feb 20th, 2016, 08:39 AM
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Thanks, Whathello. I appreciate that. I hope it simply the OP having a temporary bad day.
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Feb 20th, 2016, 12:21 PM
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Check out Truffe Folies on rue Malar in the 7eme. And Le Cafe Qui Parle on rue Caulaincourtin the 18eme. For a budget buster, Le Mandragore at Hotel Tres Particulier in the 18eme.
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Feb 20th, 2016, 12:45 PM
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I wasn't referring to "traditonal French dishes" in my post. Paris had, for many years, the top reputation of artistry by chefs. Michelin was in part designed to reward that artistry. The OP described an openess to everything from Michelin restaurants to local bistros -- and I am sure would have been open to hearing about how Asian food or some other cuisine has taken Paris by storm.

The "blame the poster" for reacting to many Fodorites' obnoxious behavior is getting more than old -- and so is the reinforcing each with the even more obnoxious "wink wink we're Fodorites, aren't we? We know each so let's make fun of this newbie".

The "newbie" OP wasn't having a bad until he/she read his/her absolutely reasonable travel values put down by a bunch of people who cannot get over themselves. Your piddly travel values, lack of imagination and ignorance about food might look like a superior virtue to you (it must, or why else would you be constantly asserting your "superiority" here?)

But hello, hello, hello -what? Hello? Dear Fodorites, this is the 21st century and intelligent people have been deliberately traveling to Paris for more than a century to partake of the food in a food-sophisticated town. Why even answer a thread to announce "I don't do that" --- ? When people ask questions about where to find cashmere socks or beer steins or tulip bulbs, do you also feel obliged to dash in to say "I don't do that" -- ? Why not?

Could the answer possibly be you falsely consider yourselves "experts" on Paris for EVERYBODY, and that YOUR way of DOING PARIS is the 'right' way 'only' way' 'superior' way and YOU are the 'superior" person posting here?

Just a thought.
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Feb 20th, 2016, 12:50 PM
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I'm not sure that I understood the point you were earnestly trying to make.
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Feb 20th, 2016, 01:28 PM
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Im going to Paris next month with my family so I've been on the Internet searching under budget dining in Paris and reading the blogs and things that pop up. Many review the same restaurants so they must be good. ��
Personally, I can't wait to try the falafels L'As du Falafel in the Marais. Will also seek out a Vietnamese pho and a banh mi sandwich where I can find that. The latter are foods few and far between where I live.

I'll carry a list of restaurants by arrondisement and have it handy for when we are hungry wherever we are. Or, if something more appealing pops up we will dine there.
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Feb 20th, 2016, 01:43 PM
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A great resource for helping to find restaurants in Paris and easily making reservations is (French), and (English). A very broad range of restaurants are on this site, and many offer discounts for booking there.
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Feb 20th, 2016, 03:42 PM
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It's been a few years since I was there but I can't recall eating anything bad in Paris! We never really planned ahead for anything special but one time found ourselves in l'Atelier de Joel Robuchon . (It was before they took reservations and it was in our hotel.) We knew it was expensive but said what-the-he!! and just pulled out the credit card. A truly memorable meal.
Went back again a year later. (Some people never learn -

I haven't heard anything about the restaurant recently… but I believe it still has two Michelin stars.
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Feb 20th, 2016, 05:03 PM
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My favourite is Equinox, 33 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris, France. every time we visit Paris we always make a point of eating there more than once.
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Feb 20th, 2016, 08:18 PM
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I love eating in Paris - extravagant meals, simple meals. I would no more go to Paris and not know where - and what time I was eating than to do it on a Saturday night in NYC. When you like food, really like food - you like to read about it, dream about it and of course eventually get to eat it. It's just part of your research for your vacation.
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Feb 21st, 2016, 04:34 AM
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I got sick the last time that I ate at L'As du Falaffel, so I would not recommend that anyone go there.

Some of the best meals I've had in my 10 months living here have been Chinese and Thai.

Lao Siam on rue de Belleville in the 19th, is very good and inexpensive Thai food - but unlike any Thai food that I had in the US, except for the spring roll.

The other is the New Art of Ravioli on rue au Maire in the 3rd. Amazing - and cheap hand-made Chinese dumplings. You can get a whole bottle of Cote du Rhone for 10€ or a very large Tsingtao beer for 3.50€.

I also like Borgo in the 11th - went there when we couldn't get into OberMama.

To go to places where the locals go, it's sometimes better to get into the double-digit arrondissements than expect to do this in the middle of tourist central, or insist on going to places that have been written up in blogs, magazines and articles.
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Feb 21st, 2016, 06:34 AM
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I also like the Paris by Mouth site for restaurant options by arrondissement. If you are in the 7th arr take a look at Bistro Belhara or les cocottes. I always need my soufflé fix at Les Souffle ( in the first or third, can't quite remember).

I would primarily say avoid restaurants right in the area of the popular tourist attractions or with menus posted that gave pictures of the food.

We do love L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon in the 7th. It is a splurge but we love it.
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Feb 24th, 2016, 12:16 PM
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Again to everyone, thanks a bunch.
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