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Debbielynn Jul 3rd, 2017 02:51 PM

Paris dining
I am going to Paris for the 6th time. Love it there but unfortunately I am not a fan of most French food; ie, pate, escargot, lamb, fish, organ meat. I do enjoy Beef bourguignon and coq au vin. Any suggestions for restaurants that make these well? We will be staying in the Bastille.

letsgeaux Jul 3rd, 2017 04:20 PM

I like the versions of both of these dishes at Chez Rene which is not far from you. It is on rue Cardinale Lemoine (Hemingway's old street) at the foot of the bridge overlooking the back of Notre Dame. My favorite little bistro hear the Bastille is Le Temps des Cerises.

stricky Jul 3rd, 2017 07:07 PM

I really enjoyed l'Affable, a bistrot on rue saint simon in the 7eme. On the same street is a more well known restaurant called Le Ferme Saint Simon - I haven't tried it, but I've read positive reviews.

fuzzbucket Jul 3rd, 2017 10:06 PM

The best boeuf bourguignon I've had has been at Chez Dumonet in the 6th arrondissement. You can order a half-portion, if you like, as the full portion is huge.

Debbielynn Jul 4th, 2017 05:05 AM

Thank you, will check these out. Also, thank you for the local recommendations. Bringing a friend for her first visit to Paris. Making plans for restaurants, not too fancy or expensive.

fuzzbucket Jul 4th, 2017 05:31 AM

Coq au vin can sometimes be found on the menu at A la biche aux bois, near Gare de Lyon.
But frankly, with the temperatures hovering around 31C, I wouldn't advise eating such a heavy meal.
You'll just be uncomfortable and might pass out.

Debbielynn Jul 4th, 2017 05:38 AM

Will be there in September, Fuzzbucket

kerouac Jul 4th, 2017 05:57 AM

I don't know where you have seen "most" French food, because "most" French food in France consists of things like steak and french fries, roasted chicken, hâchis parmentier, pasta, grilled duck and other quite ordinary things.

Frankly, the majority of the French do not make a habit of eating organ meats or snails. I have not seen coq au vin in a restaurant in years (but then I don't go to restaurants that make a point of serving old fashioned traditional dishes to tourists).

Going to "recommended" restaurants will ensure that you will face restaurants that serve foods that you wish to avoid. I suggest just scouting around, because all restaurants menus are posted outside and just about every place has windows that allows you to see what the people inside are eating. And even fish restaurants serve non-seafood dishes like steak and chicken because even in France there are a lot of people who don't like fish.

Traviata Jul 4th, 2017 06:09 AM

Chez Dumonet is my favorite for the Boeuf...but, you MUST have a reservation....have never gotten a table without it...even though we have tried....

IMDonehere Jul 4th, 2017 06:14 AM

We will be staying in the Bastille.
I think the food is gotten better there.

Debbielynn Jul 4th, 2017 06:18 AM

Kerouac, I don't like lamb, veal, most fish, duck, tuna. I usually end up eating salad, chicken, scallops, omelets, crepes. I like "traditional" food and Alsatian food. Just asking for local recommendations, not iconic restaurants. Chez Dumont looks too high for my budget.

analogue Jul 4th, 2017 06:44 AM

Debbie, when did you eat escargot to know that you don't like it?

I'm surprised about you not liking veal because if you don't tell me ahead of time, I can usually not tell it apart from pork.

fuzzbucket Jul 4th, 2017 07:49 AM

Then you should go to the Alsatian restaurant on the Champs-Elysees.
Near the Gaumont movie theatre on the shady side of the street.

kerouac Jul 4th, 2017 08:14 AM

Besides l'Alsace, recommended by fuzzbucket (39 av. des Champs Elysées), where I have eaten more than once, I can also recommend Chez Jenny (39 boulevard du Temple at Place de la République)(and no, it is no longer tainted by its <i>Front National</i> banquets of the past), and also La Strabourgeoise at Gare de l'Est (5 rue du 8 mai 1945) as well as a few other places in that Alsatian part of town. There is also the budget chain Flam's with five locations in Paris.

Debbielynn Jul 4th, 2017 08:19 AM

Don't eat veal out of principle

Debbielynn Jul 4th, 2017 08:22 AM

Ate at Flam's 2 years ago. Wasn't as good as I remembered. Found this on internet,, would like to try it out.

kerouac Jul 4th, 2017 08:28 AM

"Veal" is a fiction in modern times. It is just a rebranding of "slightly young cow." How old do the chickens you eat have to be "out of principle"?

Debbielynn Jul 4th, 2017 08:36 AM

Chez Jenny looks promising and near where we are staying.

jamikins Jul 4th, 2017 09:22 AM

The veal industry in North America is not as progressive as in least the U.K. The animals are not treated very well in most parts of North America. For example Canada ranks badly compared to the rest of the world

Individual crates are still widely used, unlike the EU who banned the practice in 2007.

kerouac Jul 4th, 2017 09:45 AM

Is that one of the EU regulations that the UK is anxiously awaiting to abandon? ;-)

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