Favorites: Paris restaurants

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

While we're planning for our trip to Paris, I thought I would come up with a few lists of the top spots we don't want to miss during our short stay.  This post will cover 5 of our favorite places to eat in the culinary capital that we hope to hit up again in May.  When we lived in Paris, we didn't eat out as much as we do now that we're living in Austin, but we had a few choice spots kept in regular rotation.  More than a handful of our favorite places to go involved getting our American food fix (particularly here and here), so, needless to say, we won't be including those in our eating program for this visit.

This is all wishful thinking, of course.  We'll likely have barely enough time to step into half of these places,  especially since Paris is full of new-to-me restaurants begging to be tried, but also, because I have no idea how eating out in Paris goes with an infant in tow. On verra. (Sidenote: if anyone has any tips or recommendations for visiting and eating around Paris with babies, I'd love to hear them!)

1.  A et M : This awesome restaurant will be a real treat for Gui and me.  We used to come here for special occasions (or when it seemed like it'd been too long since), and never found a place with better food for the price in all of Paris.  We're planning (hoping) to take advantage of all the family we'll have around to watch Avienne while we are spoiled by the always-impeccable service and beautiful food.  Best of all, it's in our old 'hood, so we can get all nostalgic and try to remember the good ol', simple days sans enfant.

2.  L'As du Fallafel : I can almost taste the warm-and-crispy-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside-goodness already.  I'm not looking forward to the long wait we'll undoubtedly face at this favorite among both tourists and locals, but I won't much mind once we've sat down to grub on the most delectable fallafel I've ever known.

3.  Le Parc : A real, down-home bistro that Gui's dad introduced us to when we first moved to Paris, Le Parc is easily at the top of our list.  It's not the best brasserie in Paris - maybe not even close, but it's one of those places that reminds us of home and it can't be missed when we're so close.  We have no doubt we'll be visiting Le Parc at least once on our trip if not for its perfect steak au poivre and traditional profiteroles, then for its mascot cat who likes to traipse about like he owns the place (he kind of does).

4.  Cojean : This place.  I don't know if I could ever have eaten here too often.  It was my go-to for lunch everyday, but I craved it on the weekends, too.  Fresh, complicated salads that I'd never have the time (or audacity) to make at home, simple sandwiches on perfectly-baked bread, velvety soups and dessert for any craving - you just can't go wrong.  

5.  Le Barav : I remember having some really great tartines and charcuterie plates here when Gui and I would get the courage to make the multiple metro transfers to get to the 3rd arrondissement.  It's a tiny wine bar, which means that in all likelihood, our petite famille will have to forgo the trip there, but I'm keeping it on the list as a "just-in-case" for the off-chance that we can indulge ourselves a bit after Avienne's bedtime.  

Honorable mentions (and only if we're in the neighborhood): Table Russe, Pho 14, Crêperie Josselin.  Man! I wish I could visit them all!

Next up:  Favorite Paris parks

1 comment

Emily Marie said...

Well you know I love l'As du Falafel :)
Also, no matter what little bio/farm to table type "fast food" places they have in the US, nothing compares to Cojean! Totally miss walking over to the one near Madeleine when I worked on rue Boissy d'Anglas. Small soup and mini jambon beurre, please!

Jérôme and I still go back to our favorite café in the 15th, Café de Commerce as well as Restaurant La Gare in the 16th. Love visiting our old haunts!

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