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Food worthy stops from Granada to Seville

We are making the drive from Seville to Granada tomorrow. Were hoping got stop at the Mezquita in Granada but because it is a Sunday the timing is not going to work. Any suggestions for a lunch stop or interesting stop between Seville and Granada on a Sunday?

May 25, 2013
cathleenmarie in Spain/Portugal

Islamorada Trip Report

Spent President’s weekend in Islamorada. There are some nice dining options:

Pierre’s: Had two delicious dinners at Pierre’s. Pierre’s is a fine dining establishment, lovely atmosphere and menu. Really liked the fresh grouper with the basmati rice with apricots. My husband’s dry aged New York Strip was outstanding. They had a nice mojito but no craft beer selection—the waiter listed a (boring) litany of lagers and light beer options. The service was at times odd but did not detract from the pleasant setting and culinary offerings. On the second night the music was annoyingly loud.

Morada Bay Café: Went on a very cold Sunday and were not disappointed—they had heaters which kept everything warm. MBC is a very nice, clean, professional beach establishment—how often can you say that about a beach restaurant?! Drinks were good, lunch hit the spot. We were not there for sunset but think it is probably the place to be.

Chef Michael’s: In comparison to the atmosphere at Pierre’s, Chef Michael’s is more neighborhood-y. The place is so small that the host greets you in the parking lot—no room for a host stand inside, there are tables as you walk in the door. Had excellent appetizers—tuna tataki and best wedge salad ever. The main courses were not as good. My husband’s fish was overcooked, though the Adriatic preparation was delicious. My hogfish was overwrought—had the Juliette preparation, too much going on. They did have one nice Belgian beer—Le Fin du Monde.

Kaiyo Grill: Our hotel highly recommended this place. It is similar in atmosphere to Chef Michael’s, more casual than Pierre’s. Again the appetizers were outstanding (steamed pork dumplings and tuna tataki) but the main courses were a heap of average food. They did have one interesting beer option—cannot remember its name, not as good as the Fin du Monde.

Lazy Days: Went for lunch and ate on the balcony—nice view. Waitress was surly in that friendly local way. The inside is dark, scary and stinky—needs a good cleaning/ renovation. Really liked the lemon piccata preparation of the yellowtail sandwich. My husband had a grilled tuna, average or less.

Feb 19, 2013
cathleenmarie in Florida

Trip Report: Malibu--Santa Barbara--Manhattan Beach

Malibu Seafood, Malibu
I had initially written on CH inquiring about a restaurant somewhere between LAX and Santa Barbara. I got lots of excellent suggestions and in the end settled on Malibu Seafood, which was exactly what I was looking for. It was beachy, not fancy, had outside seating, a view of the water and good food. My husband got the tuna burger, which he really liked. I got the seared halibut, which was fishy—not horrible but a hint. The french fries were excellent. Despite my poor ordering I liked the place and would go again. I would try the tuna burger next time.

Bouchon, Santa Barbara
My favorite thing at this restaurant was the bread and butter. This is not to say that I did not like the place. The bread and butter were amazing. (OK, people at this point are writing off this review because so far I like fries and bread!) I liked the atmosphere—bustling, you could see the frenzy of the kitchen. The waiter highly recommended the (local) heirloom tomato and goat cheese salad. The tomatoes were unripe and there were these large triangles of fried matter. I actually asked what they were—bread. Strangest croutons I have ever seen. I had the local sea bass, which was good but not amazing. My husband again really liked his meal—he had crab cakes and tuna. One strange thing, which occurred at every Santa Barbara restaurant—no one ever seemed to notice when your glass was empty and offer another drink. I was drinking wines by the glass and my husband was drinking beer. So we had one drink where we would have normally had two.

Renaud’s Patisserie
We walked here from our hotel past all of these charming little bistro breakfast places. We show up and it is in a (cute) strip mall, but it was still a strip mall. What a pleasant surprise. Delicious/ perfect French pastries, fresh squeezed orange juice—came every day for breakfast. Le Pain Quotidien in Manhattan Beach was greatly lacking in comparison.

Cold Spring Tavern
When we would tell people we were going here they would ooh and aah, “such a perfect day to go there.” When we got out of the car the air was cool and there was this lovely smell of being in a forest. We ate inside the restaurant to the soundtrack of motorcycles idling outside, kind of unfortunate. It is a popular place with the biker set. I am not a fan of onion rings but felt like we should try these—I could turn into an onion ring fan, these were delicious. Had the BBQ beef sandwich, meh.

Julienne
This was my favorite restaurant of the whole California jaunt. Loved the atmosphere. Loved the food. The charcuterie plate was outstanding. My husband does not normally gravitate toward pate, but here it was a hit. Our mains were wild king salmon and pork tenderloin (I think). Would definitely go here again and recommend.

Santa Barbara Brewing Company
Cannot believe that I am listing this place, but I have to. My husband loves NFL football. Our hotel had flat screen TVs but alas no high def. So we go here to watch the Patriots play. It is SOOO loud, it is SOOO packed. The Monterey Chicken sandwich was delicious, as were the French fries. (My true colors are coming through, I LOVE French fries.) The service was excellent. Kelly, our waitress, never let our cokes or waters run dry (afternoon game).

San Ysidro Ranch, Montecito
This place is gorgeous but our waiter was asleep at the wheel. I would describe the service as inattentive. We sat on the lower patio, really gorgeous. (The upper patio is enclosed by glass and has a roof—but still more of an outside than inside feel.) It was a bustling night with lots of swell and beautiful people. We were seated immediately but it took the waiter at least 15 minutes to come to our table. We ordered dinner. My husband’s starter came out, mine didn’t. There was no one to tell. No one noticed or asked. What the heck, I ordered the $68 main course so did not really need an appetizer. Dinner is served. We would have had a second drink but there was no one to ask. We finally lasso the waiter and request the check. I scan it and my starter is not on there—he forgot it, not the kitchen (even though he tells me it is a terrific choice). He also forgets to charge me for my $24 glass of wine. I figure since I am checking to make sure he did not charge me for the appetizer, I should let him know about the wine. He adds it on. We leave. The stars in the dark black sky are gorgeous—best part of the evening. We did not leave angry, it was such a lovely night and atmosphere. I was shocked at the bad service. But it looks like you don’t have to be good to be packed.

Cava, Montecito
Mistake! I was planning on going to La Super-Rica Taqueria and was talked out of it by the Latina front desk manager—“I don’t get it I can make that stuff at home.” So I end up at Cava because it is outside and Mexican. I was a ghost—I sat there and no one waited on me, but they waited on the adjacent table. I finally had to go inside and wave someone down, very bizarre. I ordered a forgettable salad. Could not get passed the bruised, slimy, expired lettuce—one of my major pet peeves with restaurants. Nasty. [Let the stoning begin because I skipped LSRT in lieu of Cava.]

Manhattan Beach Post, Manhattan Beach
While Julienne was my favorite restaurant of the trip, MBP was my husband’s favorite. In feel it is masculine, bold, in your face. Our waitress was superb, nice change after the spotty service in SB. We loved the cheddar bacon biscuits, kale salad, scallops, and brussels sprouts. The highly recommended skirt steak was lost on us. Not sure if skirt steak can be anything less than tough and chewy. I recently made it at home and my husband said he was eyeing objects in case he needed to perform the Heimlich on himself. They had a nice selection of beers on tap and wines in 3 or 6 ounce pours. We would definitely go here again—very convivial, lively, welcoming, and tasty.

Wahoo Fish Taco’s, Manhattan Beach
Loved the fish taco for lunch.

Talia’s, Manhattan Beach
I wanted to like this place. It is a pleasant atmosphere. BUT they committed the great crime of bruised, slimy, expired lettuce and arugula. I do not get this. How could I restaurant think that customers want to eat this stuff?

Manhattan Beach Creamery
Really enjoyed a clandestine scoop of butter pecan ice cream.

Simmzy’s
My husband loves excellent beer on draft. This place does not disappoint. Their selection is amazing. Nice, open air restaurant. We did not eat here but would do so in the future for a casual dinner. The guys behind the bar were very pleasant…made for a nice end to the evening.

Oct 13, 2012
cathleenmarie in Los Angeles Area

Lunch somewhere between LAX and Santa Barbara?

The verdict--I am thinking we are going to stop at Malibu Seafood on the way to SB...and over the course of the weekend figure out where to go on the way back. I love all of the suggestions. Wish we had more time.

Oct 03, 2012
cathleenmarie in Los Angeles Area

Lunch somewhere between LAX and Santa Barbara?

The Sidecar Café looks intriguing. Wish they were open on Monday...would definitely have checked them out on the way back into town.

Oct 03, 2012
cathleenmarie in Los Angeles Area

Lunch somewhere between LAX and Santa Barbara?

Hoping to try Supa Rica one day for lunch while we are in SB.

Oct 03, 2012
cathleenmarie in Los Angeles Area

Lunch somewhere between LAX and Santa Barbara?

Looks tasty. Reminds me of the crawfish sacks at New Orleans Jazz Fest. Thanks for the recommendation.

Oct 02, 2012
cathleenmarie in Los Angeles Area

Decent Lunch near Newseum?

Would you consider Wolfgang Puck's The Source? Maybe too fancy? It is on the same block as the Newseum. With the three course prix fixe lunch, Newseum entrance is $10.

I adore the suggested Central...but it is a bit of a hike from the Newseum. A little closer might be Fiola.

Teaism is counter service place, so might be more casual than desired? Their bento boxes are delish, as is the Ochazuke with Salmon (green tea soup)...and the salty oatmeal cookies.

Oct 02, 2012
cathleenmarie in Washington DC & Baltimore

Lunch somewhere between LAX and Santa Barbara?

Thanks, that makes the decision easy. We are a party of two. They only take reservations for lunch for parties of five or more.

Oct 02, 2012
cathleenmarie in Los Angeles Area

Lunch somewhere between LAX and Santa Barbara?

Thanks for the recommendations...will check these places out as well. I did realize my Malibu and non-Malibu selections were in different realms. Hmmm, could that be the indecision? We will be stopping for lunch on the way to SB and on the way back into town. Might have to try two places along the coast...!

Oct 02, 2012
cathleenmarie in Los Angeles Area

Lunch somewhere between LAX and Santa Barbara?

I will definitely report back. Thanks so much for the suggestion of Sunset Restaurant, I will check it out.

Oct 02, 2012
cathleenmarie in Los Angeles Area

Lunch somewhere between LAX and Santa Barbara?

We are flying into LAX, landing at 11am (Friday) and driving to Santa Barbara via the PCH. I am trying to pick a place to stop for lunch closer rather than farther on our journey as we will be on east coast time. I was thinking PCH highway for the beachiness--Neptune's Net or Malibu Seafood...but the porta potties and table sharking at the former are off putting. Perhaps Malibu Seafood is equally charmless? So then I started looking at things in the Santa Monica area. We are not looking for a multi course meal or a production, just something delicious to kick off five days in Southern California. After perusing CH, things that are appealing: Michael's (patio--love the idea of being somewhat outside, looks covered), Gjelina, Blue Plate Oysterette. Would love to hear an opinion? Do I stick with the seafood shack--the idea is appealing if the food is worth it. Or do we try something in town? How would you start the weekend?

[In SB we are eating at Julienne, Bouchon, Olio y Limone, then we are trying Manhattan Beach Post while in MB.]

Thanks so much for any guidance you can offer.

Oct 02, 2012
cathleenmarie in Los Angeles Area

Lunch somewhere between LAX and Santa Barbara?

We are flying into LAX, landing at 11am (Friday) and driving to Santa Barbara via the PCH. I am trying to pick a place to stop for lunch closer rather than farther on our journey as we will be on east coast time. I was thinking PCH highway for the beachiness--Neptune's Net or Malibu Seafood...but the porta potties and table sharking at the former are off putting. Perhaps Malibu Seafood is equally charmless? So then I started looking at things in the Santa Monica area. We are not looking for a multi course meal or a production, just something delicious to kick off five days in Southern California. After perusing CH, things that are appealing: Michael's (patio--love the idea of being somewhat outside, looks covered), Gjelina, Blue Plate Oysterette. Would love to hear an opinion? Do I stick with the seafood shack--the idea is appealing if the food is worth it. Or do we try something in town? How would you start the weekend?

[In SB we are eating at Julienne, Bouchon, Olio y Limone, then we are trying Manhattan Beach Post while in MB.]

Thanks so much for any guidance you can offer.

Oct 02, 2012
cathleenmarie in Los Angeles Area

Paris Trip Report, heavy on the 7th...very long

I recreated a google map and made it public. It has places we visited (museums), pastry shops, chocolate shops, restaurants. I did not write all of the blurbs--often cribbed from elsewhere.
http://goo.gl/maps/Tvys

Jun 05, 2012
cathleenmarie in France

Paris Trip Report, heavy on the 7th...very long

Oui, 88 euros, same place: 2 lunches at 19.90€, French onion soup, escargots, herring, 2 coca lights (husband's midday caffeine requirement), one glass of rose. Would love a decoding of the herring dish served with a large jar of pickled vegetable. Fish portion was huge--appeared to be a community plate idea--take what you like, not all meant for you. We were perplexed, but mom dug in. Has anyone had this before? We loved our lunch/ this place.

Jun 05, 2012
cathleenmarie in France

Paris Trip Report, heavy on the 7th...very long

I neglected to note that we had an passable lunch Angelina at the Petit Trianon the day before. I had the ham and cheese sandwich and my husband had a tasty slice of quiche--outside on a gorgeous day. The Rue de Rivoli place was a different experience. Dirty, dingy, in serious need of a cleaning. That would all be OK if the food were agreeable but the food matched the decor. The quiche was barely cooked. The mixed salad with the quiche had small slimy gone by pieces of lettuce throughout--that absolutely creeps me out. For four people the bill was 90 euro. Au Fins Gourmet was 88 and in another league. Perhaps the Louvre location is better...I am warning about the RdR outlet.

Jun 05, 2012
cathleenmarie in France

Paris Trip Report, heavy on the 7th...very long

No problem re the euro thing. I saved all receipts and cards in an envelope--they are always helpful for future trips (addresses, phone numbers, what did we eat, etc.). I was thinking I might scan them and add them to my Paris folder.
Thankfully my husband will indulge in champagne. We have been good for each other--I have found out that I like hefeweizen and weiss beers...have not found the taste for the hoppy stuff yet.

Jun 05, 2012
cathleenmarie in France

Paris Trip Report, heavy on the 7th...very long

I wrote about FL above...but will repeat:
FL is a tiny restaurant, similar in size to Catherine Reed. I read about it on John Talbott's blog. It was also highly recommended as an option by the folks from whom we rented our apartment. The name is play on Eiffel. The address is 1 bis, rue Augereau in the 7th, 01.45.51.06.04. It is charming, I would recommend.

Jun 04, 2012
cathleenmarie in France

Paris Trip Report, heavy on the 7th...very long

1. Thank you. Reading about people's eating adventures and opinions was so helpful for our trip planning.
2. The waitress was delightful at AFG. Very welcoming and warm.
3. FL is a tiny restaurant, similar in size to Catherine Reed. I read about it on John Talbott's blog. It was also highly recommended as an option by the folks from whom we rented our apartment. The name is play on Eiffel. The address is 1 bis, rue Augereau in the 7th, 01.45.51.06.04. It is charming, I would recommend.
4. Yes, my husband had beer, the rest of us had wine. He is a beer guy, mostly craft stuff--not the mainstream lagers. We live in the DC area where accommodating his beer tastes and my wine desires is relatively easy in restaurants. For the most part we were able to find (good) beer in Parisian restaurants. We resorted to champagne where beer was not an option. The Craig Allen option at Spring was delightful.
5. Prices in euros:
La Caisse Noix 189.50
Catherine Reed 190.00
Cafe Constant 162.00
Dans Les Landes ?
Au Fins Gourmets 88.00
FL 202.00
L'Ami Jean 164.00
Spring 398.00 (but came through as $393.75 on my credit card)

Jun 04, 2012
cathleenmarie in France

Paris Trip Report, heavy on the 7th...very long

We just returned from an amazing week in Paris—great food and sublime weather. Thanks to the Chowhound folks who tried to expand our horizons beyond the 7th Arondissement. We were a group of four—my mom, 18 yo niece, husband, and myself. My husband is not a wine guy though will suffer through champagne if beer is not an option. I list the beer that was available in the restaurants in which we dined. I also list the cost, in American dollars (per my credit card). If euros are the preferred calculation, I could drum that information up. Not sure cost info is desired. Never have prepared a trip report...so

La Caisse Noix, 15th (dinner)
Our first night’s dinner, we made a wrong turn and got lost. We were seated in the back. Restaurant was warm. Waitress was surly and rude. Our point of view—she wrote it down wrong. Her point of view—we did not order correctly. Not sure why she thought my mother would have the ravioli for the first and the second course. We were scolded like school children. Needless to say this was our least favorite restaurant—stars were not aligned for us to like it. Favorite thing was a small dessert with strawberries, shortbread, pistachios and whipped cream (?)—delicious and fresh. Beer on tap was Wendelinus, tasty. Cost: $237.25 for four people.

Catherine Reed, 7th (dinner)
Loved this place. Very intimate, quiet, wonderful atmosphere. Lovingly prepared food. Catherine came out and spoke to us at the end. The food was of the moment—whatever was at its freshest. Favorite things were tomato tarte—gorgeous red and green tomatoes, the spring salad with fennel and radishes, beef cheek bourguignon. There was no beer on tap, I don’t recall there being beer in bottles either. Cost: $237.88 for four, included one bottle of champagne.

Café des Musées, 3rd (lunch)
We loved the atmosphere…sat at the table with door opening onto quiet side street. Gorgeous day. Waiter was sassy and fresh…we liked him. Delicious salmon, mushrooms stuffed with escargots, roast chicken. Husband did not love the entrecote—may be lost in translation, he is a fan of dry aged NY Strip. The Marais on a Sunday was a little too frenetic. CdM was lively but far enough from the hubbub to be relaxing. Cost: $130.71 (only one glass of wine)

Café Constant, 7th (dinner)
We loved the convivial atmosphere. The wait was 45 minutes—the bartender gave us a card so we could call and check on the wait time from a nearby café. The chocolate quenelles were a favorite of the chocolate lovers—my niece’s favorite dessert of the whole trip (and she tried a lot of desserts). Liked CC so much we went back for drinks each night after dinner elsewhere. Only four stools at the bar but the place was a block from our (incredible) apartment. The bar and wait staff could not have been friendlier. Beer on tap was Leffe Printemps and Leffe Blonde, tasty. Cost $199.84, included two beers and a bottle of wine (I think).

Dans Les Landes, 5th (dinner)
After a day in Normandy we went straight to Dans Les Landes. Loved sitting outside and watching the world going by. We ordered eight plates for four people—probably one and half plates too many, but we liked the tastes. The Salade Landaise was universally adored, as were the polenta croquettes with smoked duck, and the fried Camembert. We also loved the charcuterie plate. The fricassee of vegetables was dull (overcooked) and the pork bellies were one dish too much. We were served by one impatient waiter and one kind waiter. We liked the casualness and variety that this restaurant supplied to our dining list. The beer was an Oldarki on tap, tasty. Cost: Who knows? Their credit card machine was not working—only seemed to accept debit cards?

Au Fin Gourmets, 7th (lunch)
I got the recommendation for this restaurant off of Chowhound. We had visited the Musée d’Orsay and wanted a lunch option in the neighborhood. Perfect, loved the atmosphere—I would highly recommend as a place to eat when visiting the MdO. We sat outside, but the inside was equally as charming. The lunch menu is 19.90 euros for three courses. Delicious fish of the day, escargots and pickled herring. Loved the butter with the saucisson sec. We were too full for dessert. [Tourist tip for MdO—there is an excellent English language tour at 11:30. The museum was packed but there were only eleven people on our tour.] (Lunch) Cost: $109.62, four people

FL, 7th (dinner)
We were scheduled to go somewhere in the 5th but could not make the 7:30 reservation. FL was down the street from our apartment and an excellent last minute choice. Like Catherine Reed, it is a small and quiet restaurant, staffed by two—absolutely delightful. The waiter was charming. I cannot remember all of the food details but the steak was a huge hit with my niece and my husband. The only beer was Heineken—the sole unfortunate aspect. We had a lovely bottle of champagne. Cost: $251.63 for four people includes one bottle of champagne.

L’Ami Jean, 7th (dinner)
I had no idea what to expect—read all about the yelling and teasing, and was worried this would be a little too in your face. Thankfully I was wrong. We loved it. The casual atmosphere, sassy waiter, and outstanding food were real hits with us. I was positioned at a table where I could watch all of the kitchen action—professional, intense focus, and precise delivery of plates to tables. (I did not have views of the kitchens at Catherine Reed and FL—but think my table-mates with the view were equally rewarded.) Loved the spring vegetable with the vache qui rit foam; the veal was outstanding; my mom loved her fish. The rice pudding, as reported by many others, was terrific. Craig Allen Biere Blonde on tap was a huge hit with my husband. Cost $203.06 for three people, includes two glasses if wine and two beers.

Spring Restaurant
This was definitely the fanciest restaurant of our visit—and a great conclusion to a week in Paris. The sommelier helped pick a wine in our price range and something I had never had before—Saumer Blanc. The food was perfect—smoked river trout with crème fraiche, ravioli with foie gras and pigeon, fabulous cheese course, etc. When you reserve they ask you to let them know if you have any food aversions. The couple behind us had an extensive list of things they would not eat—wonder if they were served warm water in a bowl? We have aversions, but did not want to limit the chef or our experience. We were served things we would never order…and were rewarded with wonderful tastes. They served Craig Allen in bottles (excellent) and another French beer that was forgettable. Cost: $393.75 for four people, included a bottle of wine, two beers and the extra cheese course. (Strange because the restaurant receipt was 398, and I assume was in euros? Maybe they charged us in dollars?)

We were pleased with every restaurant…would even go back to Le Caisse Noix—there were extenuating factors (largely ours) which did not make it a stellar experience.

Shops:
Le Notre—gorgeous foods made a perfect first day lunch. Particularly fond of the quiche, the salmon wrapped vegetable terrine, the chocolate desserts.
Stéphane Secco(7th)—amazing pastries, gorgeous chocolate and lemon tartes. Wish we had a lunch or evening to dine in—would definitely have stocked up with foods from here.
That said, the boulangeries in the 7th were all delicious. I used the Boulangerie map someone posted on Chowhound to plot our breakfasts. http://tinyurl.com/3m32hmm
Michel Chaudun (7th)—I had read about his chocolate pavés—beyond delicious. Am kicking myself for not buying more for gifts.
Jacques Genin Chocolate (3rd)—great caramels, fruit pastes and chocolates
Carrette (3rd)—In our opinion they had the best salted caramel macaron. (near Place des Vosges
)Cheese—Marie Cantin and Le Fromagerie (Rue Cler) had wonderful selections

Embarrassing and regrettable choice:
I cannot believe I made this mistake and share it in the hopes that others may avoid it. I was trying to find an easy lunch option to bridge the gap between Musée L’Orangerie and the Louvre. We had previously eaten a lunch in the Tuileries and wanted something different. Went to Angelina on the Rue de Rivoli which was nasty, dirty, expensive, and awful. It was one of those hope springs eternal choices—maybe it will not be so bad. In the future I would go to the food court of the Louvre—the Paul option would have been just fine. We were going to Spring that night and did not need a large or fancy lunch. Having only one (truly) lamentable choice in a week is a pretty good in my opinion.

Things I discovered:
-Between my little bit of French and the restaurant staffs’ little bit of English, we could figure everything out. My iphone did not work in Paris, but I had downloaded a Larousse French English dictionary which worked offline and was somewhat helpful in translating menus.
-We seemed to have ordering problems that were not language based. Probably a good idea to review the order after everything is said and done.
-In the US I would never eat dinner at 8:30 or 9. In Paris we could barely get to dinner by 8:30 or 9. Do not fear the late dinner hour!
-I created a personal google map to plot pastry shops, chocolate shops and restaurants. Was very helpful in determining if we were near something delicious.
-Cannot wait to go back to Paris.

Jun 04, 2012
cathleenmarie in France

A week of dinners in Paris...?

Café des Musées for lunch is a fabulous idea. Was thinking of dinner but lunch makes so much more sense.
Thanks for the thumbs up on the itin. I will be sure to report how everything goes after our trip.

Apr 09, 2012
cathleenmarie in France

A week of dinners in Paris...?

Thanks so much for the advice...I would not have noticed my Constant heavy itin. Will revise as follows...not dramatically different, but tweaked a wee bit. Of course always open to advice.

Friday: Le Caisse Noix
Saturday: Catherine Reed (booked)
Sunday: Café Constant, am trying to find something open on Sunday...may try Café des Musées because we will be in the Marais that day?...but people in general seem to like the Café Constant
Monday: Just checked out Dans Les Landes and wonder if it might be a nice, relaxed option post-Normandy. I see they are open until 11 and it is tapas-esque. We most definitely can deal with that very remote 5th.
Tuesday: Still weighing options (maybe a little side jaunt to San Sebastian, as you suggest--though it is a little farther than the 5th!)
Wednesday: Chez L'Ami Jean
Thursday: Spring (booked)

Apr 09, 2012
cathleenmarie in France

A week of dinners in Paris...?

Thanks for the feedback on Les Papilles...I was beginning to waver on this selection. Perhaps better beer in restaurants is a lost cause, as it sometimes is in the US. We do not want to choose restaurants solely on beer selection, may be too limiting in France. I will be sure to report back on the dining experiences...and the state of the beer selection.

Apr 09, 2012
cathleenmarie in France

A week of dinners in Paris...?

ChezKiva- I am wondering if you meant to respond to another thread?

Apr 09, 2012
cathleenmarie in France

A week of dinners in Paris...?

My husband and I are coming to Paris in the end of May and bringing my precious mother and 18 yo niece who will have just graduated from high school. Mom and I were in Paris 15 years ago, stayed in the 6th. My niece has never been to Europe and is over the moon about this one week adventure. She is a fairly sophisticated eater (from a young age she liked escargots--which I think counts as sophisticated?). We are staying in the 7th. My thinking is that we will be tourists for most of the day and will want something close-ish to our apartment for dinner. Following are our dinner thoughts:

Friday: Café Constant or Le Caisse Noix
Saturday: Chez L'Ami Jean
Sunday: Les Fables de la Fontaine
Monday: returning from Normandy around 8 so will probably be too exhausted to go out for dinner?
Tuesday, Wednesday: I need your help. Based on my research, I am thinking of Les Papilles, Le Florimond, Catherine Reed, or FL. Any thoughts/ suggestions?
Thursday: Spring (have a reservation)

Any opinions? Are we on the right track? I have been perusing the Chowhound France for a month or so...so know that this is a group with opinions---and I look forward to hearing them.

Re my husband, he is a prince and suggested that we bring my mom and my niece. He is not a wine guy, he likes beer. Do French restaurants (in general) have a beer option? A Belgian beer, IPA, Porter, Leffe Blond or Brown, something else interesting and not an American lager would be very appealing. If not we will ply him with fine beers at our apartment before and after dinner.

Looking forward to hearing what you might think....

Apr 07, 2012
cathleenmarie in France