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basque restaurants in paris

"Cantine du Troquet"
I haven't found it or the Cantine de la Cigale or the Dernier Metro to be as all Basque as Oyez…! P’Axoa is.

about 4 hours ago
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basque restaurants in paris

Let me throw one more in the mix here:

Oyez…! P’Axoa in the 14th: Winner of the Talbott Nicest but Slowest Service of the Year 2014 Award.

5.2 Oyez…! P’Axoa, 118, blvd de Montparnasse in the 14th, 01.43.27.22.00 (Metro: Vavin or ND des Champs) http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/... Not bad at all.

about 14 hours ago
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La Fourchette's deals; help me out here.

"JT's question"
JT reporting for duty Sir.
Twice in as many months I've gotten 20% off the carte at Sur Le Fil and it's a first class place with no pesky fellow Yankees.

about 14 hours ago
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10 Day trip from Barcelona to Paris. Once in a lifetime meal.

"Meal of the lifetime"
Hands down Fredy Giradet, 1985. Alas no longer cooking.

about 14 hours ago
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A Long Overdue Report December 11-25th - Paris/Alsace

Thank you but I think you got cut off.

1 day ago
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Après ballet

The moderators, quite rightly, eliminated my post in which I suggested you not go to the logical place - the Cafe de la Paix, for reasons that are not fit for a family website.

I also suggested that Mollard and Garnier might be more suitable.

1 day ago
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Appropriate Dress in Paris

"beautiful Hawaiian shirt."
My best one - beautiful Hawaiian shirt - was purchased at the PX in the hospital I was Evac'd to from the Nam, I would go out every morning past the guards/MP's to eat (getting back on topic) the finest sushi/noodles/tempura/tonkatsu/etc possible in 1967 and I'll bet the locals had never seen such splendor in a shirt.
But wear it here, as hip as I'm claimed to be - no way.

1 day ago
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Paris: Inexpensive, French, Pescetarian, and Really, Really good

Sorry I missed that, Parigi is a great source - I gave it a 5.8/10 but I missed the discussion.
Sorriest..
Back to normal programming.

1 day ago
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Paris: Inexpensive, French, Pescetarian, and Really, Really good

I must have been taking an old-guy's nap when we discussed Playtime; what did i miss?

1 day ago
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What are your favorite restaurants in Paris that don't cost a fortune or take months to get a reservation?

"I will be staying a block off of rue Cler"
Someone will have to explain to me how the Rue Cler has become "the" street to stay on or near.
In the meantime, a 49 percenter (that's the time he and his charming wife spend in Paris not Mitt Romney's evaluation of them) and Colette and i ate once more at the Bistrot Belhara, one block away.
It was again super (esp the asparagus & morilles and ris de veau), the price is right (a 34 E "menu") albeit with several supplements and there are no pesky fellow Yankees.

2 days ago
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10 Day trip from Barcelona to Paris. Once in a lifetime meal.

Me too like Clandestino.

2 days ago
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La Maison du Jardin

2006 is about when I had my last meal there; nothing wrong with it, just too many other options competing.

Apr 19, 2014
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Paris: Inexpensive, French, Pescetarian, and Really, Really good

Because Typepad was down I didn't post my report but it's at http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...

Apr 18, 2014
John Talbott in France

Brief Opnionated Boulangerie Report

And now that they've stooped to set up shop at Jules Joffrin, we're doing just fine.

Apr 18, 2014
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Spring or David Toutain? Or not at all?

David for lunch, Daniel for dinner.

Apr 18, 2014
John Talbott in France

Paris: Inexpensive, French, Pescetarian, and Really, Really good

OK; another idea from a chef who does both seastuff and veggiestuff really well - Jean-Marie Courtel at Sur Le Fil in the 14th; my second meal - I'd even recommend his dishes for vegetarians because the vegetables are so well prepared whether cooked or raw, chopped or whole, sauteed or tempured.
Our bill with 4 dishes, 1 bottle of wine, and 2 coffees was just 76.60 E with a 20% discount for a la carte items through LaFourchette.

Apr 18, 2014
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Spring or David Toutain? Or not at all?

Toss a coin.

Apr 18, 2014
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What are your favorite restaurants in Paris that don't cost a fortune or take months to get a reservation?

"name of this restaurant in the 7th "
It is Chez L'Ami Jean.

Apr 18, 2014
John Talbott in France

Brief Opnionated Boulangerie Report

That's Brian Hugh Warner.

Apr 17, 2014
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Après ballet

Le Bat - excellent.

Apr 17, 2014
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Birthday dinner for two, Saturday April 26th in Paris

"We locals do break our heads sometimes trying to guess what others think is romantic."
You are right as always but when I was 18 I thought the Tour d'Argent was romantic; when I was 40 it was La Grande Cascade; at 55 it was Ledoyen and now it's anyplace Colette will eat with me.

Apr 17, 2014
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A sort of stupid, overly obsessive, last-minute question re: Angelina

"Thank you, again, Parnassien, for more wonderful input. To offer suggestions in such depth rather than an "editorial opinion" really adds to this type of forum."
Yes Parnassien, many thanks for enriching our discussions.

Apr 17, 2014
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Off the radar restaurants in Paris?

Despite my reputation as a hipster-manque and charmer of folks of all sexes, I eat out alone a lot.
There is no place mentioned above I would not eat out alone at.
From comments on CH, I take it that singles in NY or LA sometimes are made to feel that they are taking up tables that could be better utilized by 2 or 4. But I've never felt that here.
And since the topic is "off the radar" places, while the youngster Parnassien noted elsewhere that I am partial to Le Lulli, 4 of us ate today at Le Marloe and it continues to be a winner with no fellow pesky Yankees in sight.

Apr 17, 2014
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Appropriate Dress in Paris

"FWIW, there is no smoking in Paris restaurants, either."
Although, as a life-long non-smoker and outdoors exercizer, it's kind of weird that we've chased the smokers (33% here still) out on the sidewalks where the clouds of pollutants and sea of butts confront runners and walkers alike. And of course there's the dog poop and turnstile jumpers but I wouldn't live anywhere else.

Apr 17, 2014
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Brief Opnionated Boulangerie Report

"APduG did not blow wind up my skirt"
As in Marilyn Monroe? Ohh la.

Apr 16, 2014
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Off the radar restaurants in Paris?

An update on Le Verre Moutarde, Christophe Ledoux (ex-Pre Verre) & Mathieu Desmoulins have a new (6-7 months) chef one Olivier Ferrel who has an interesting menu aka carte. Our meals today, for another blogger and I and our spice, were challenging and for me most successful.
As for the other places I listed above, in the last 9 months most have by now been discovered if not ruined by fellow pesky Yankees who with the New York Times set out to make for bad hair days in town.
But not at le Verre Moutarde, - "Oh Jim, it's so far out."

Apr 16, 2014
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dinner with children in Paris

""once every two months "
Once every two weeks."
I stand corrected; apologies Parigi.
But it indicates that this is one of the most FAQ's here as it was on the late Steven Shaw's invention.

Apr 15, 2014
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Lunch in the Marais

"NoMa? the MiMa? or the SoMa?"
Ok, you've caught me out.
I made these all up.
This is a bad Paris insider joke which began with calling South of Pigalle SoPi which our young sage Parnassien maintains is a true designation like NY's SOHO or Dumbo but the old folks raise their eyes at.
Joking aside, look at a map or if you are so inclined GoogleMaps, and what I and we are referring to are North, South, East and West parts of the Marais.
I apologize for the frivolity; my recommendations, however stand.

Apr 15, 2014
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Birthday dinner for two, Saturday April 26th in Paris

Would you kindly search romantic here because I do believe we've been through this exercise before.
Romantic at my age, and I'm the aged sage here, aka le venerable, is tilted more towards places like Laidback suggests, those in the Bois, or the Tour d'Argent or hey - here's one off the charts - Maxim's which seems to have been reborn yet again, at least from the bus.
Or if you want new and exciting and elegant - Le Lulli.

Apr 15, 2014
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Croque Monsieur in Paris

Oh OK I'll play in this sandbox.
Try the Terroir Parisien Bourse for a modern version and Le Marloe in the 8th for a post-modern one. http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/...

Apr 15, 2014
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