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Seeking opinions re: Spring v. Les Climats

Despite Parnassien's (much appreciated) dissent, I think I've been sold on Spring. As predicted they seemed very open to accommodating any dietary restrictions. I will labor to carve out time for lunch at les Climats as I remain intrigued and the location would be perfect. Thanks again everyone.

Jul 11, 2013
intbusesq in France

Seeking opinions re: Spring v. Les Climats

Thanks for the great answers. I think one of my concerns was that my fiancee does not eat pork or seafood and we would be at the Chef's whim at Spring. I have an email in to the restaurant inquiring about the possibility of accommodating her but I know that's a bit of a reach. If they can I think Spring becomes a no-brainer, if not on verra. John, I would love to do Les Climats for lunch but we may or may not have a lunch obligation. Au pire maybe we could swing by there for an afternoon snack given that we'll be nearby.

Jul 10, 2013
intbusesq in France

Seeking opinions re: Spring v. Les Climats

Will be in Paris for about 24 hours in early August and was able to get a 9:30 seating at Spring and an 8:00 seating at Les Climats. Am I crazy for leaning toward Les Climats? Can some of you that have eaten at one or both help me solve this dilemma? Thanks much.

Jul 10, 2013
intbusesq in France

South Padre Island and surrounding area Eats

Just came back from a weekend on the island. Had dinner at Senor Donkey and Cafe Kranzler and breakfast at Ted's and Grapevine Cafe. In the interest of sharing info here are some quick breakdowns:
- Senor Donkey: average to below average tex-mex, average service, average prices.
- Cafe Kranzler: decent "American" cuisine but slightly overpriced for what you get. Probably one of the better food options on the island, it was quiet and appeared to be mostly populated by locals. Objectively speaking though, the cuisine/setting/service/cost balance would not fare well in a real restaurant market and I think this place probably survives on being a respite from the throngs of tourists at the assembly line establishments that make up the SPI restaurant market.
- Grapevine Cafe: decent breakfast fare, particularly the breakfast tacos. Good coffee. Decent pricing.
- Ted's: below average breakfast fare but cheap.
This is obviously just a small cross-section of what's available but I was pretty underwhelmed. Best meal of the weekend was at Taqueria Almeida outside of Corpus Christ on the drive down (highly recommend).

Jul 08, 2013
intbusesq in Texas

Sunday night dinner in Paris.

By the way, I promise to come back with thorough reviews so that I can contribute and not just take from this board.

Jun 20, 2012
intbusesq in France

Sunday night dinner in Paris.

Fantastic, thanks for taking the time to lay that all out. I've been to Paris a half a dozen times and she's French so we're fine straying from "stereotypically French". Au pire for the lunches if we're short on time she can scurry back to the office while I take my time and wrap up/pay. I will enthusiastically review all your recommendations.

Jun 20, 2012
intbusesq in France

Sunday night dinner in Paris.

Thank you PhilD, your recommendations will be thoroughly reviewed, although we've eaten at l'Atelier in London so will probably look elsewhere. She's with the Paris outpost of an American firm so I think the long hours simply carried over.

Jun 20, 2012
intbusesq in France

Sunday night dinner in Paris.

Thanks for the clarification, it's back on the maybe list.

Jun 20, 2012
intbusesq in France

Sunday night dinner in Paris.

Thanks PattyC, I would certainly take a bad lunch service into consideration in evaluating dinner prospects. I know certain business models result in certain services being neglected in favor of others but I don't think that should be the case at a place like Nomicos.

Jun 20, 2012
intbusesq in France

Sunday night dinner in Paris.

Thanks Mangeur, this is the kind of prompt and specific response that makes this board valuable. Funny you mention picnics, this is her second summer in Paris, last time I was still in school as well so budget was real tight, which meant that we picnic'd more often than not. Good thing I'm obsessed with a good baguette and run of the mill mousse de canard. Le Frigate sounds appealing.

Jun 20, 2012
intbusesq in France

Sunday night dinner in Paris.

Thanks for the response Parnassien. 11PM is the latest she'll be working, and though I know we could still get a great meal at that time I guess I was thinking we wouldn't have the time for a leisurely 3 hour type meal, especially since I'm the only one on vacation (I'll nevertheless check out Chez Denise and Mini-Palais). The Michelin guide yielded a few bibs and similar options near her office but I agree that we're going to be hard pressed to fit in a decent meal in the allotted hour. Any quick and good lunch recommendations near rue du bac/rue de l'universite?

Jun 20, 2012
intbusesq in France

Sunday night dinner in Paris.

Greetings all, I've been lurking for a month or so as my upcoming trip to Paris approaches but this will be my inaugural post. I've seen some great info in the past so keeping my fingers crossed I'll get the same. I know some of what I'm asking has been answered to some degree in the past but I hope my question is sufficiently novel to not merit a "go and search for it".
Here's the situation: my fiancee is summering at a large firm in town and will be working much too late during the week for us to really enjoy any decent dinners Mon-Fri. As I'll only be there for a week that leaves Sunday night and the following Saturday night. We'll probably be hitting a lot of quick "bibs gourmands" type places for lunches within walking/quick cab distance from her office.

My selection criteria:
1) Open for dinner on Sunday night
2) Memorable setting
3) One Michelin Star or equivalent level cooking (I know Michelin isn't the only barometer out there)
4) 250 euro max (including at least one glass of wine/champagne each)

I've compiled a list of five and I'm hoping for any feedback on them, both good and bad, but preferably recent experiences. Also, if you have any suggestions that fit the criteria but that I've missed please advise. Thank you in advance for any assistance!

1) Le Violon d'Ingres
2) Senderens
3) Les Tablettes de Jean-Louis Nomicos
4) Pur
5) La Grande Cascade

Jun 20, 2012
intbusesq in France