Dining out in Paris should be fun, relaxing andnever, never stressful. Whether a 3-star restaurant or a neighborhood bistro there should always be a warm welcome and an excellent rapport qualité-prix-a positive relationship between price and quality. Bon appétit!
Le Bistro des Vines-17th Arrondissement
M,Claire and I had seen my pal, the blues pianist Mitch Woods, perform two vibrant shows at the Meridien Hotel on Friday night and we wanted to extend the fun over lunch on Saturday.
Walk into Jamin and you access a tradition of five decades of fine dining. Launched by the Bordelais chef, Jean Jamin, the stoves have been manned by Gérard Bresson, Dominique Bouchet and Joel Robuchon, who earned his third Michelin star while on his way to international repute.
Le Grand Bistro Muette
In the heart of Paris’ elegant 16th arrondissement the Bistro de la Muette could just as easily be called the Bistro 42,as in euros-the cost of a complete meal that features a choice of entrée, plat,dessert ou fromage and a bottle of wine for two.
La Bonne Franquette
This typical Montmartre bistro that periodically becomes a cabaret, has stood on this site in various permutations for over 400 years. Being the snob that I can be, that was reason enough to avoid it, but on this crisp fall morning I popped in to take off the chill with a café/calva, and met owner Patrick Fracheboud who went the extra mile and served me a glass of calvados with my coffee.
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No one should have a bad meal in Paris! Whether a 2-star restaurant or a local bistro there should always be an excellent rapport qualité prix– relationship between price and quality. At my favorites you will be treated as a regular and have a satisfying experience. Just tell them “Terrance sent you.”
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