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"hang out" restaurant in western metro

Tavern on France in Edina

Oct 28, 2014
DukeFan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

"Tip and Tax not included." A new trick on visitors unfamiliar with Paris restaurants?

Harters,

As someone who lives in the US, I completely agree with you in theory. However, in most non-five star restaurants where this is practices service varies from average to horrible.

While I agree it should foster a team approach, my experience indicates otherwise.

Oct 27, 2014
DukeFan in France

"Tip and Tax not included." A new trick on visitors unfamiliar with Paris restaurants?

let me see if I still have them. I did this once at Frenchie. (trust me, restaurant wasn't my choice)

Oct 24, 2014
DukeFan in France

"Tip and Tax not included." A new trick on visitors unfamiliar with Paris restaurants?

As a frequent visitor to Paris, I have seen this several times, but almost exclusivity in a central arrodisement tourist trap (usually 3rd, 6th or 7th). Always in a place which has English language menus at the ready.

And whenever I see this, my pourboire is always the same. Null

Oct 23, 2014
DukeFan in France
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Left-handers - how do you handle your cutlery?

im a lefty and eat European style exactly for this reason. my fork never leaves my left hand.

Oct 23, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food

Top 10 new restaurants, bars and cafes in Paris

I've been to 2 on the list -- Folks and Sparrows and Rachels.

Folks and Sparrows is outstanding and I will definitely be back. Defintiely on my top 10 list. From a value perspective, some of the best in the city.

I was a little disappointed in Rachel's food was technically ok, but I found the spicy a bit off. In fairness, Rachel's is a French interpretation of many classic American dishes. As an American, I found them well prepared, but a bit underspiced to what I that. That said, it is probably more spiced to the French palate. I would be very curious to know what a native French thinks of the place

Oct 18, 2014
DukeFan in France

Solo lunch in or near 6e + Inexpensive Dinner

john,

what did you like about mangetour? been there once, had a 3-course menu and all three courses were overcooked and underseasoned.

Oct 13, 2014
DukeFan in France

Solo lunch in or near 6e + Inexpensive Dinner

are you fully committed to being around 6e for lunch? that is classic tourist trap area and you can get better quality and much better value if you venture out a bit

That said, within close proximity my list would include

- Rose de France great outdoor seating and good for clasics
- Le Louchebem best roast chicken I have had in Europe; are also know for escargot if you are into that
- Brasserie Lipp classic French bistro

Oct 13, 2014
DukeFan in France

"We don't take reservations for less than 6." Restaurant Owners Listen Up! [moved from Seattle board]

Andrew Zimmerns has talked about this several times on his podcast and I completely agree with him.

A no reservations policy works for several reasons

1) It encourages more dining at off-peak hours
2) It encourages more bar revenue (both drinks AND food)

He said if he would to open a low or mid-priced restaurant again, he would make it reservation list without only a few exceptions.

His other point though is that it makes it more difficult from a service perspective and that the restauranteur has to ensure that guests are cared for at a much higher level than a typical reservation driven restaurant.

Oct 11, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food
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"very good" pescetarian anniversary dinner in Paris on a student budget?

+1 on Le Bat. Great value with very good simple seafood dishes. In the neighborhood it cant be beat. My favorites are their salmon tartare and their seabream.

Only negative is that I think their desserts are average, but it wouldn't dissuade me from going

Oct 06, 2014
DukeFan in France

The Best of Nordeast Minneapolis

The Anchor, by far my favorite place and one of the best 3 burgers in town

Eating in Paris during an in-between hour and questions about Le Comptoir du Relais, A Noste, etc.

I'm a very well informed American and would worry about going north on 110th at night :)

Oct 05, 2014
DukeFan in France
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11 and 3rd border - simple solid places with good food ?

A couple thoughts, nothing, great but rather solid that meet your recs. However, the area you described has a couple very good Italian spots. If I was looking to eat in the area, I would eat in La Trottinette in a heart beat. Osteria de la animal is also quite good and much better than the simple bistro French recs it sounds like you are looking for.

That said, here would be my recs per your post

- Petit Breguet, decent bistro with an expanded menu; probably your best bet in the area.

- Aux Deux Amis, very cramped and crowded but could probably find something classic and simple here

Oct 05, 2014
DukeFan in France

Aldi

No. Aldi's quality standards are higher than almost any other US grocery store

Oct 02, 2014
DukeFan in Chains
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Our 1st time in Paris!! Want to do it right!!

i think it depends on price points and location. For a small bistro in the 13e, then I completely agree with you.

However, for an upscale restaurant in the 6e, then you need to attact tourists or business dollars to justify the huge rent. While they may not have a full-time PR person per say, I would think most higher end restos in this area at least work to maintain good relations with the top tourist hotels

Sep 29, 2014
DukeFan in France

Our 1st time in Paris!! Want to do it right!!

Running PR for a paris restaurant must be a near impossible task.

Being in a tourist destination, it is imperative that you attract attention from UK and US visitors. But doing so, without losing the essence of who you and maintaining quality staff is tough

Sep 28, 2014
DukeFan in France

Our 1st time in Paris!! Want to do it right!!

my take is that septime is quite overrated. Not bad by any sense, but not dramatically better than any bistro of smaller resto.

Also, when I was there a few months ago, the clientele was 95% American or British.

Sep 27, 2014
DukeFan in France

Ladurée macaron review of eight flavors

Laduree is good, but my favorite are the Orange macaron from Carette.

Sep 25, 2014
DukeFan in France

Paris - further questions

great advice. my other big piece of advice is to take the Big Brown Bus tour. you can see all of the key attractions with audio descriptions and get free transportation between them.

It almost pays for itself in saved taxi/metro fares

Sep 19, 2014
DukeFan in France
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Paris - further questions

skip the tour Eiffel, most overrated tourist attraction in Paris.

Sep 19, 2014
DukeFan in France

Top ten romantic foodie restaurants in Paris

also remember that even if the nicest of restaurants tables are much closer to each other than you would see in the US or UK.

If your expectation of romantic is not having someone else 18 inches from you, you will have trouble finding a spot in paris.

Sep 17, 2014
DukeFan in France

Kids and Allergies - long and a bit of a rant.

my view is a bit simplistic. (and for those that wonder I do have a six year old daughter in a well to do town in an ultraliberal state, so i know how how of control schools can be)

I believe that the primary purpose of education is to prepare children for the world, both academic and social. Part of this including taking responsibility for your own health and making good decisions.

I believe schools should work with those with eating restrictions and teach them how to make good decisions and provide others with awareness of the issue as part of the health curriculum.

That said, be forcing any potentially controversial food out of schools, you are eliminating these conversations and these teaching moments.

Sep 14, 2014
DukeFan in Not About Food
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Eating in Paris during an in-between hour and questions about Le Comptoir du Relais, A Noste, etc.

completely agree. there are a few touristy type places where you have to be careful at night as well.

Certain parts of bouvelard hausmann, especially by galleries lafayette are be a bit sketchy. But compared to Rome, Madrid or Prague, Paris is a very safe european city.

Sep 14, 2014
DukeFan in France

Restaurant for 3 30-somethings

I'd rec haute dish / marvel bar.

not because the food is any better than than the rest, however, I think it is more distinctly minnesotan than the rest.

you could also look at Alma or Bachelor farmer for more distinctly minnesota food

Sep 14, 2014
DukeFan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Vegetable side dish/salad in France??

great post Phil.

The phease "carafe d'eau si vous plait" should be one of the top 10 phrases in any paris visitors repetoire.

Sep 13, 2014
DukeFan in France

Corner Table 2.0

Mary,

it varies night to night. They dont always have a veggie tasting menu. you should cal before you book

Sep 13, 2014
DukeFan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Corner Table 2.0

was outstanding. one of the top few meals I've had in MSP in the past 5-6 years.

We both ordered the tasting menu plus we threw the pork belly dish in as well.

The theme of the tasting menu was mushrooms, but mushrooms didnt dominate any of the dishes but were a nice complement.

Service: was outstanding available but not overbearing and very knowledgeable about the food and wifey's wine; was even able to pace in the pork belly dish within the menu

The Food

Amuse Bouche: A few heirloom tomates with a light cream sauce

Potato/goat cheese terrine: absolutely outstanding and i dont like terrines. One of the best dishes i've had in a long long time

pork belly over saukerkraut: A great flavor combo and forget about the porkbelly, this was the best saukraut I have ever had

Grilled peaches wrapped in proscuitto: A great mix of sweet and savority

Lobster and sweet corn tortellini over a sweet corn veloute. Pasta was perfectly al dente, but the star was the sweet corn sauce

Steak with mushrooms and grilled shallots. Three great individual pieces with a nice sauce to blend. Not a big steak fan but it was perfectly cooked

Dessert-- Chocolate financier; an rich almond cake with a dark chocolate mousse and a nice carmael sauce; I am not a dessert guy but it was quite good

All in all, outstanding meal. Everything was good and the terrine, peaches and porkbelly dishes were outstanding. Even better than the original. This should be in every top 3 list for special occasion dining right next to LBV

Sep 13, 2014
DukeFan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Corner Table 2.0

anyone.... Bueller???

maybe this is a sign we should find another spot for date night

Sep 12, 2014
DukeFan in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Paris - further questions

If you don't eat Chinese, I would seriously suggest you add a Vietnamese meal or two to your itinerary.

There are tons of great Vietnamese places in Paris and you can real see the French influence on traditional Vietnamese dishes here.

Sep 12, 2014
DukeFan in France

Paris - further questions

answers to a couple more questions

10. oui, your spidey senses are on. overpriced tourist trap

12. absolutement. if you don't feel comfortable speaking French on the phone, the concierge of your hotel could be able to help you in advance.

Sep 12, 2014
DukeFan in France