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Authentic "Homey" Restaurants in Paris (And Favorite Dishes)

Went to Le Reminet last week and hope to go again before we leave Paris. About 2 blocks south of Notre Dame on a tiny street. Oysters, soup, main course, all excellent and very reasonably priced. White tablecloths but not stuffy. Very warm, personable hosts. Lunch "menu" was just 14 Euros...a steal. Last night ate at Les Papilles. South East of Luxembourg Gardens. One menu per night, served family style. 33Euros a person. Definitely homey but more casual than Le Reminet. Would highly recommend both.

Oct 27, 2010
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How to cook the mushrooms I bought at Grenelle market today?

Thank you all for the tips. The mushrooms were yummy as I anticipated they would be! And Manguer, Bistrot d 'Henri is open as we walked by the other night. So we CAN make reservations at Machon d'Henri? What is the main difference between the two?

Oct 24, 2010
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How to cook the mushrooms I bought at Grenelle market today?

Thank you all. Should be good!

Oct 24, 2010
kbrote in France

How to cook the mushrooms I bought at Grenelle market today?

In Paris and loving it. One week in the Marais and now in an apt off Grenelle near Cambronne metro. With my faltering French and his minimal English the young man at the mushroom stall sold me a variety of mushrooms when I asked for some to saute together. We all love mushrooms so my daughters and husband are looking forward to cooking our goodies tonight. I think we got chanterelles and girolles and something else?! One is very dark brown, almost black and almost like a delicate flower...what might it be? The others are both yellow to orange, one being brown at the top (or a yellowish brown) with a long, rubbery stem, the other more squat and a very bright yellow/orange almost the color of saffron. Can I just saute in butter and some thyme? Are we in for a treat or a surprise? And thanks to you all we have had wonderful meals at Le Reminet, Josephine Chez Dumonet and look forward to Les Papilles Tuesday. Do I need reservation at Machon d'Henri or Bistrot D 'Henri? Thank you!

Oct 24, 2010
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Paris Restaurants for Beginners

In Paris now for our visit and had lunch yesterday at Le Reminet. Keep this on your list . Our lunch was a 14 euro menu that would have cost $40 in the Napa Valley where I live. Started out meal with some of the best oysters I ever had. The quality and presentation of our meal was excellent. The father and son who run the place were so personable and warm in spite of my poor French and their lack of English. I would be happy to go back many times. Tomorrow night we go to Josephine Chez Dumonet and Tuesday to Les Papilles for dinner so I'll let you know about those. But I do recommend Le Reminet.

Oct 21, 2010
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where to eat girolles (chanterelles) in Paris?

In Paris now. My daughter had a mushroom dish today that included a variety of mushrooms,including girolles. We were at Le Reminet. Overall I thought our meals were fantastic and the service very warm and personable. So far my favorite meal on this trip.

Oct 20, 2010
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Good Thai food in the Marais?

I am in Paris now (Yay!!) with husband and two daughters. Staying the first week in the Marais. Girls have expressed a desire for Thai food one night, preferably in the Maris due to one daughters school schedule and our plans that day. We walked by a couple last night but can't remember their names and of course we feel better have some solid recommendations from the experts.

Oct 17, 2010
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Cheaper Eats in Paris

Les Papilles wil accommodate vegetarians. Just let them know ahead of time. I contacted Bertrand about my daughter not eating meat but that should would eat fish. He said no problem so we now have a dinner reservation there.

Oct 14, 2010
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Lunch on Tuesday near Notre Dame

My daughter was able to make a Tuesday lunch reservation at Le Pre Verre. We will also be lunching at Le Reminet. Dinner reservations so far at Josephine Chez Dumonet and Les Papilles. May throw a couple more reservations in there or may just wing it the rest of the trip. My family goes crazy when I over plan things!

Oct 14, 2010
kbrote in France

Lunch on Tuesday near Notre Dame

Thanks John. Actually, I just looked at Le Pre Verre which I had read about previously. I notice they are open on Tuesday. Do you think we need a res for lunch? And should we not go to Mon Vieil Ami another day? And walking from Notre Dame a bit is not problem. Anywhere in the Latin Q as long as it's near a metro. My daughter will be coming from class (near Ecole Militaire) and it would be easier for her if we were close to a metro stop.

Oct 13, 2010
kbrote in France

Lunch on Tuesday near Notre Dame

We will be near Notre Dame/Latin Quarter next Tuesday. My daughter who is in Paris now made us lunch reservations for Wednesday at Le Reminet. She tried making lunch reservations for us at Mon Vieil Ami for Tuesday but we have found they are closed Tuesday. Can you recommend a similar place for lunch on Tuesday?

Oct 13, 2010
kbrote in France

Les Papilles for a vegetarian?

I was able to make a reservation via email. Bertrand said the vegetarian will not be a problem as they will have a fish dish available. He was extremely prompt replying to my email too.

Oct 12, 2010
kbrote in France

Les Papilles for a vegetarian?

Luckily my daughter is not opposed to eating things that have a meat, chicken or fish stock as I understand much of French cooking involves these. She primarily avoids red meat. Occasionally eats chicken and loves fish. I am hoping I can contact Les Papilles and ask for a fish dish and possibly an extra serving of veggies for her.

Oct 11, 2010
kbrote in France

Great food Sarlat & St. Emilion?

After our upcoming two weeks in Paris we will have 4 nights in Sarlat and 2 nights in St. Emilion, Oct 29 - Nov 3. We will have a car and are looking for good food in both these towns for both lunch and dinner. Already have a res at Le Grand Bleu in Sarlat. Is it worth it or are there others we should try there? Thank you Chowhounds!

Oct 11, 2010
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Les Papilles for a vegetarian?

Anybody out there who can answer the question? I want to make reservations at Les Papilles but want to know if they can accommodate vegetarians. Thank you!

Oct 09, 2010
kbrote in France

Les Papilles for a vegetarian?

Thank you John for those recommendations. We are looking into places that specialize in vegetarian. But I really want to try Les Papilles after reading so many positive comments here and elsewhere. Do you know if they would adapt their menu for a vegetarian or allow for substitutions? Thank you.

Oct 08, 2010
kbrote in France

Les Papilles for a vegetarian?

I am finalizing my restaurant list for our upcoming trip to Paris. Most nights we will have our 2 daughters with us aged 20 & 23. The 20 year old is a vegetarian although she does eat fish. Was thinking of Les Papilles for one of our dinners but the more I read the more I am concerned. They have a set menu for dinner that seems a bit meat heavy and I am wondering if we should skip it or if they can make adjustments for her. Please advise.

We plan a lunch at Le Reminet and dinners at Josephine Chez Dumonet and Chez L'Ami Jean. Filling in other lunches and dinners with other recommended cafes, etc. but nothing final yet.

Oct 08, 2010
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Here is my list for Paris- Please have at it!

ChefJune. Thank you! Just the kind of recommendation I love. i just checked out Juveniles and it looks like a fun, inexpensive place that my daughters would really enjoy. And it's no too far from our Marais apartment.

Oct 05, 2010
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Here is my list for Paris- Please have at it!

Thank you both. Au Dernier Metro, Les Papilles, Le Reminet and Le Regalade are definitely on our list. I have emailed my daughter, who is in Paris, about making a reservation at Josephine. As you can see from my original question, we are staying in 2 different apartments. The first week in the Marais and the second in the 15th close to the 7th. I understand the above 4 restaurants may not be expensive but with 2 adults and two daughters 20 & 23, all drinking wine, we probably would end up with a sizable bill. We will take advantage of markets and prepare some meals in. Hoping for a good place for the Sunday night after our Eiffel Tower visit. How about Le Septieme Vin in the 7th? ideally, we would like to go somewhere within a 15 minute walk from the Tower. And any Marais dinner recommendations? Thank you for your help.

Oct 05, 2010
kbrote in France

Here is my list for Paris- Please have at it!

Thank you to all who have replied. I value your opinion. I realize it is a strange list. That is because with a family of four we cannot be eating at Josephine Chez Dumonet and Le Regalade twice a day for 2 weeks. (Please see original question) With four of us, all having wine, we would be spending an astronomical amount of money on food. As much as I would love to do this, we still have college tuition to pay for (not to mention our daughter's semester in Paris with the way she likes to eat and shop!).

I have only been to Paris for a week 7 years ago so I am not as familiar with the food scene as everyone is here. I was merely trying to find a "variety" of places we could try, including some inexpensive cafes and a couple well known touristy spots. While I don't mind the adjective "sucky", it would be great to know to which places that adjective applies. Are any of the lesser expensive places worthwhile? Or could you please suggest some that are? Which places on that list should we avoid. Specifically should we avoid Au Bon Accueil? I am looking for a place near the Eiffel Tower for a Sunday night dinner. What would be good instead? Again, thank you for your advice.

Oct 05, 2010
kbrote in France

Here is my list for Paris- Please have at it!

I posted a question a couple of weeks ago concerning our upcoming 2 weeks in Paris. My husband and I and 2 daughters aged 20 & 23. Here is a list I have come up with with your help, trip advisor and my guide books. This is a combination of moderately priced bistros and cafes, some touristy must dos, nicer restaurants and miscellaneous. Priority: Good Food! We will be in apartments and plan to buy some supplies for some breakfasts and simple dinners to save money. We have a week in the Marais and a week in the 15th near the 7th (Metro Cambronne). Also plan to do some of these for lunch to save money. Please comment on my choices and feel free to add more suggestions... like "skip- it" , "be sure to order the", "go for lunch" or "reservations a must"...Thank you! Can't wait...only 11 days to go!

Chez Josephine Dumont
Mon Vieil Ami
Angelina
Camille
Au Bon Accueil
Au Dernier Metro
Les Papilles
Au Bourguingnon Du Marais
Le Reminet
Le Regalade
Gli Angeli
L'as du Falafel
Le Procope
Fellini
Creperie Suzette
Le Creperie de Cloitre
Breizh Cafe

Oct 04, 2010
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Favorite Paris Restaurants, not too much $, family of four

This thread has gotten very funny. I thank you all for your suggestions. I am putting together a list of possibilities and as soon as I have compiled it I will share it and hopefully get some comments and advice. Once again, my goal is to eat well without spending 300 euros a day on food! Thanks.

Oct 01, 2010
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Favorite Paris Restaurants, not too much $, family of four

souvenir: Thank you so much. I absolutely love the idea and plan to do this at least once at each apt. Hopefully having a week at each apt. we will figure out where the best places are for cheese, bread, etc. Shopping for these things is a fun experience in itself. I also agree with the suggestion to eat the larger meal at lunch when the prices are lower and graze a bit for dinner. I am hoping to have a combination of meals in the apt, a couple of nice restaurant dinners and mostly bistro or cafe meals with the four of us. We just cannot be spending 300E+ every night for dinner. Keep the suggestions coming please! Thank you.

Sep 29, 2010
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Favorite Paris Restaurants, not too much $, family of four

Thank you both very much. Please keep the suggestions coming. I am continuing my research elsewhere but really value first hand experience recommendations.

Sep 29, 2010
kbrote in France

Favorite Paris Restaurants, not too much $, family of four

My husband and i along with our 23 year old daughter will be in Paris for 2 weeks Oct 16-29. We are visiting my 20 year old daughter who is studying in Paris for her fall semester. We will most likely be going out to eat most nights and that means my husband paying for four adults, with wine, almost every night for 2 weeks! I am worried about the price tag of this gastronomic experience. We will be in an apt. in the Marais for the first week (near the Pompidou Center) and in the 15th bordering the 7th (near Blvd. Grenelle) for the second week. My daughter's apt. is in the 14th near Parc Montsouris.

I imagine most of our meals will be in the Arrons: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. I am aware of the top restaurants (Guy Savoy, etc) and some of the new "hot "ones (Regalade St. Honoure, etc). While we would love to try all of these, and may try one, what I need help with is a little list of affordable, but good quality food restaurants, cafes and bistros. We love French, also Italian, and most everything else. I list a 5-10 good places for lunch or dinner that would run $10-25 per plat (our entree) would be great. We will splurge now and then and will also grab some crepes on the street but a list of recommended, tried and true favorites would be so greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Sep 28, 2010
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