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Help me Chowhound in France. How do you spy a great restaurant/cafe/patisserie?

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Help me Chowhound in France. How do you spy a great restaurant/cafe/patisserie?

jsaimd | Apr 18, 2009 07:15 PM

We are living in Vence for 6 weeks this spring to experience the culture, We will take a few day trips here and and there and spend time in Nice. Of course we have gleaned recommendations, but they are few in each place. Hoping this topic might be a use to folks all over France.

So how do you spot a good place to chow? For instance one guidebook says to never eat anywhere without the menu and prices clearly posted and to stick with places with French menus (rather than english). Here I know chowhounds peek in kitchens for certain ingredients, flours, or lack of certain types of shortcut food. Some look at the appearance of food or smell. So what do you look for?

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