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Paris....in August?

Actually, I think you've got'em pretty much in order altho' I've never been to Frenchie a Vins or Mary Celeste (only open when the vampires appear.) I might pop Coq Rico down and Bellet up, but "you've got it, I think you've got it."

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Casual bistros in Paris - in August

P. le jeune: I stand updated and in awe.

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Casual bistros in Paris - in August

Agree with all but the last; my meal in 2011 was much inferior to that in 2008 and nothing approaching her Point Bar before that.
I love the Cave Beauvau - it's off the CH pop chart but so what?

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Classic Paris Bistrot for a larger group?

I don't know; my meal there just a year ago post-Ducasse was not like 1968 but it was not disgraceful either - a 6.2 the same as I rated Chez Georges and higher than Stella. http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...

1 day ago
John Talbott in France

Casual bistros in Paris - in August

Agreed and a lot has happened in 5 years; what of what you've read here excites you and did you cross-reference them against http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/982694

Jul 27, 2014
John Talbott in France

Classic Paris Bistrot for a larger group?

Le Stella is another good option.

Jul 27, 2014
John Talbott in France

Classic Paris Bistrot for a larger group?

Cross-check August because I'm outa town as I always am July 15- Aug 27 - Chez Georges on the Rue Mail, Chez Denise in the 1st or one of the Régalades - Whoops or the Fatwah'd Chez L'Ami Jean.
Again check the thread on August closings.

Jul 26, 2014
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Clown Bar

"We ordered two desserts, which never came.
Service was cool, and cold. Self-involved, aloof, vaporous even."
Ouch, that's not been true on my two lunches even though I didn't comment on the service. http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...
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Jul 26, 2014
John Talbott in France

Fait Maison

Seldom mentioned here is db=Dominique Bouchet where watching the master plate while facing the counter and front room while the eyes in the back of his head keep track of the cooking is fun.
Too few places offer that opportunity alas.

Jul 25, 2014
John Talbott in France

Dining in Paris in Oct. with 22mo. baby

I think, as I, and many others have said on other threads, that hosting kids, including toddlers is partly dependent on the place (Pirouette's huge terrace, for instance, is ideal for everything from running to skate-boarding), it's also parents or in my case grand-parents' ingenuity in bringing stuff to keep kids occupied.
Of the places you've listed (all of which I know except for Le Machon d'Henri and La Bastide d Opio), some are clearly inappropriate - I love Ze and Lazare and Enfants Rouges - but they are not for kids and the only ones that have space to explore are Pirouette and the Café Suédois. May I suggest instead La Cigale Recamier on a cul-de-sac alley with a park at the end or places in the Buttes Chaumont (Rosa Bonheur or Le Pavillon du Lac) or Bois de Boulogne (La Grande Verriere) or places with adequate terraces like Mediterranee near you or Nuba or Wanderlust at Les Docks aka Cité de la Mode et du Design on the quai d'Austerlitz or Les Nautes on the Right Bank.
You might get other ideas on terraces from the last issue of Figaroscope which had an article on new ones http://www.lefigaro.fr/sortir-paris/2... and last year on the best 50 - http://scope.lefigaro.fr/liste/les-50...

Jul 24, 2014
John Talbott in France

Paris - Saturday lunch

" joylessness.... the ambiance was often quite a downer."
Great subject for a new thread - Joyful vs joyless.
So I'll throw out Chez Michel as the King of joyless ambiance and the Bistro du Dome as the Queen of Joyfulness.

Jul 24, 2014
John Talbott in France

New chef at Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee

Soup, good to have you back regularly baby; gotta get together.

Jul 24, 2014
John Talbott in France

Paris - Saturday lunch

" Les Climats", second, no protest plates there.

Jul 24, 2014
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Paris - Saturday lunch

All fatwa's are now lifted. This includes Chez L'Ami Jean and Maceo, however, we, the royal we, make an exception for McDo's and Flunch, on which they hold.
John Talbott aka Fatwa-John.
Seriously, though, about Christophe, if/when he closes it will be a tragedy (I blame it on the never-ending construction of the square out front, almost equaling that of the Picasso Museum).

Jul 24, 2014
John Talbott in France

Paris - Saturday lunch

You might want to also check out the MiniPalais, Thoumieux & Christophe (although he indicated he would be closing definitively - a real loss.)

Jul 24, 2014
John Talbott in France

Paris - Saturday lunch

Also fine. Even newer school.

Jul 24, 2014
John Talbott in France

Paris - Saturday lunch

Chez Denise is good and old school, Pirouette is a bit newer school but no protests.

Jul 24, 2014
John Talbott in France

3 Nights in Paris - September 2014 - Lunch/Dinner Suggestions

Second that; plus Lazare is hard to get into.

Jul 23, 2014
John Talbott in France

NYT opines on restaurant outsourcing

There was a time long ago when I lived in NY that James Barron came on WQXR at night and presented "The Front Page of Tomorrow's New York Times". He was an editor who was made "at home" and knew everything that would appear.

Jul 23, 2014
John Talbott in France

NYT opines on restaurant outsourcing

And the two articles in the NYT today have such an overlap that we know no editor was "at home."

Jul 23, 2014
John Talbott in France

NYT opines on restaurant outsourcing

Seems to be bigger news in the US than France maybe because of blogs like this.

Jul 23, 2014
John Talbott in France

Overwhelmed -should I worry about making more reservations Paris 7/23-29

"Full report on food later (although my admiration for John Talbott & all you other posters who can list what was in every meal is through the roof right now - even though I took notes there is no way I got it all)"
However I often feel rude taking such notes esp since I'm always with people interesting to talk with.

Jul 23, 2014
John Talbott in France

Pouic-Pouic

My memory is pretty clear - I was replying To Pti about Le Mâchon d'Henri. to which I have never been, not Pouic-Pouic to which I have been on January 25, 2013 and about which review Pasrnassien correctly noted that I quoted a Brazilian diner saying it was "ordinary."
To paraphrase Humpty "When I Use a Word, It Means Just What I Choose It to mean, Neither More nor Less."
I'll let you all debate the merits of Le Mâchon d'Henri, I have no opinion.

Jul 22, 2014
John Talbott in France

Pouic-Pouic

Never been, have I? Or are you talking about Talbot with one "T"?.

Jul 22, 2014
John Talbott in France

Foodie + Laid Back type -- one night in Paris

I like Phil's idea - Pirouette.

Jul 21, 2014
John Talbott in France

Paris....in August?

Petrelle is indeed a very nice place with a super-friendly owner/chef.

Jul 18, 2014
John Talbott in France

Cheaper Eats in Paris August 18-20th

Jul 18, 2014
John Talbott in France

The HotStuff

So Soup, you lost me.
Is the pizza at the old original Auberge or the Roi because I saw nothing like that on the carte.
John

Jul 18, 2014
John Talbott in France

Paris....in August?

A slight revision in my rating given above.
A meal at Le Tourbillon today was more in the range of ordinary (5-6) than good (6-7) so Le Tourbillon drops down.

Jul 18, 2014
John Talbott in France

1st time in Paris!!

And as a first-time visitor you should know that you can get practically anywhere using public transportation in not much time so don't limit yourself to the 9th although I like Parigi think it's a nifty area.
I'll put in a plug now even before you do your research as to their closing dates in August for Les Saisons, the Cantine de la Cigale, BAT, Bon Georges, L'Office and Neva Cuisine - all in or just outside the 9th.

Jul 18, 2014
John Talbott in France