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Meilleurs Ouvriers?

Yes. And there's a tie-in to the City of Paris because all sorts of officials turn out for the award ceremony in front of City Hall. And the President of the Republic gets them all year.
Meg Zimbeck has a story about this year's contest. http://parisbymouth.com/the-2014-winn...

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Meilleurs Ouvriers?

"French judges"
In 2010, our ex-pat friend Felice was one of the judges.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6961...

1 day ago
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Intimidation of Restaurant Reviewers

"Now I am really curious about Le Verre Volé Sur Mer."
Me too, esp since Heidi Ellison of Paris Update "enjoyed" it. http://www.paris-update.com/fr/restau...

Dec 18, 2014
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Parisian restaurant good for children

"Do the French do children’s menus?"
As I have said before, my experiences eating with kids & grandkids from a few months old to 52 is that one can eat practically anywhere so long as distractive material is available - and while few children's menus per se exist, wait-staff are often charmed by well-behaved kids and bring out stuff not on the carte (sliced salami, chicken, chocolate mousse and ice cream for example.)
Do the assorted grownups and kids like souffles, mussels/fries and crepes? The Cigale Recamier (dead-end alley Recamier) has lots of seats and both savory & dessert souffles - if it's nice the outdoors offers tons of space to blow off energy; the chain Leon de Bruxelles is by no means gourmet food but its place at 131 Boulevard Saint-Germain is big and the Breizh Cafe can probably accommodate 11 for crepes.

Dec 17, 2014
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Le Cristal de Sel (15th) is closing for good Dec. 14

Pierre my dear friend; I told you not to.
John

Dec 13, 2014
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Saturne

I suspect you are correct based on no evidence but years of a fixed-phone number.
As I've said before, I also think one gets a better welcome and seating having personally called.

Dec 12, 2014
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Paris - New Years Eve near the 1st Arrondissement

Yes, Porte 12 has already made the "hot" list.

Dec 12, 2014
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Saturne

Good dialogue Gargle.
Comment: Another reason to eat lunch at places unknown to the NYT.

Dec 12, 2014
John Talbott in France

Paris - New Years Eve near the 1st Arrondissement

I just got an email from La Fourchette about fetes and a quick glance turns up Terroir Parisien (both) for 90 E without liquids. Depending where you are in the 1st, the Palais Brongniart site might be good http://www.lafourchette.com/restauran...

Dec 12, 2014
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Please (oh please) review/comment on our hurriedly cobbled list....

"I know Paris isn't great for walk-ins"
You might want to check out PbyM's restos which list whether you can walk in. http://parisbymouth.com/no-reservatio...

Dec 10, 2014
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Please (oh please) review/comment on our hurriedly cobbled list....

Mon Dieu, how long a trip; seems like a month's work just to comment.
BTW there are many threads on markets, fewer on vegetarian places and fewer still on seafood - but worth some searches.

Dec 10, 2014
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Luncheon in the 8th in May

The Mini Palais would be my choice as well - keep in mind that if the vows don't work they can always go down the street to Notre Dame de Consolation.

Dec 10, 2014
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4+ dinners in Paris

Ditto; but maybe replace Les Papilles with fine dining - Le Lulli?

Dec 09, 2014
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Matiere a, tiny gem in the 10th

"you had been one of the ones in the vanguard "
I was indeed and still am. Colette just thought that for 4 A Noste would offer more variety, which it did,

Dec 05, 2014
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Le Cristal de Sel (15th) is closing for good Dec. 14

Now when places like Rosa Bonheur first opened and clearly stated they/it served stuff out of the can, I had no problem; but in a place run by a very self-promoted, self-advertised ex-Eric Fréchon guy, I expected more. And I got less.
OK, grouchy, off to other fields. Bye-bye!

Dec 05, 2014
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Le Cristal de Sel (15th) is closing for good Dec. 14

Look, I'm the grouchy old guy here but I didn't like it here or where a famous chef said "not to disturb the lobsters' sex lives" and had a 800 franc canned sardines offering.

Dec 05, 2014
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Matiere a, tiny gem in the 10th

Hey you & me babes. Missed you. Have fun in China. John

Dec 05, 2014
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Late February trip to Paris

I love David, he's a really great guy and the best pastry chef on the planet.

Dec 05, 2014
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Le Cristal de Sel (15th) is closing for good Dec. 14

"(shrugging shoulders) Luck of the draw..."
No disrespect, King of FR CH; could be a lunch/dinner thing, could be they'd just opened, could be karma; but I was with 5 locals, really locals - who live 200 meters away.

Dec 05, 2014
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Budget dining in Paris?

Not to mention, thorn in the side of Xi Jinping.

Dec 05, 2014
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Matiere a, tiny gem in the 10th

"Maybe I made a mistake in cancelling today"
No I didn't make a mistake after all
A. Noste's Basque Tapas Joint remains a great great place http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...

Dec 05, 2014
John Talbott in France

Matiere a, tiny gem in the 10th

Maybe I made a mistake in cancelling today there and going to A Noste instead but Colette was turned off by the no-choice for 4 people.
In addition to Parnassien, Heidi Ellison of Paris Update loved it.

Dec 05, 2014
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Le Cristal de Sel (15th) is closing for good Dec. 14

I have to disagree Parnassien, I was so disappointed by my one meal that I never returned. Serving sardines in a can was their idea of creativity.

Dec 05, 2014
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Les Chouettes in the 3rd; a fine fine place to eat 7/7

I guess so; they're different though in ambiance especially.

Dec 05, 2014
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Paris from mid-September to mid-October!

I posted a menu at Le (new) Timbre for 75 E here
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/996546

Dec 05, 2014
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Late February trip to Paris

Are you willing to search and go through prior posts and bloggers' suggestions about budget meals? BTW I do not think 50 E pp is off the charts, esp without liquids. My usual price point with wine (that should take 20-60 E off) per meal is 100-130 E.

Dec 04, 2014
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Foods unique to France to buy in Paris?

"But of course, there must be "equivalent" product,"
Yah from the Luxembourg Garden.

Dec 04, 2014
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Two 3/5 heart (Rubin) Peruvian-influenced places (L'1K & Uma) fall short.

Let's just assume we're all funnyfolks.

Dec 04, 2014
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Eating in the 9th - Jan 2-9: Closures?

Agreed

Dec 04, 2014
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Paris restaurants for New Year's Eve

Just had a lovely lunch at the new Le Timbre (after 13 years Chris Wright has moved on) in the 6th and in their window is the menu for the Reveillon at a quite reasonable 75 E.

Dec 04, 2014
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