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Paris in 2 weeks: The setup, the dilemmas, the list, the questions

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Paris in 2 weeks: The setup, the dilemmas, the list, the questions

denisedsPDX | Mar 26, 2011 02:01 PM

Hi Paris aficionados, it’s been fun / frustrating following the recs and debates as I prep for a few days in Paris. Having Lobrano, Pudlo, Clothilde, Time Out and the internet at my disposal have proven to be too much of a good thing when it all boils down to five dinners and 3 lunches, a limited budget and a large cast of players

I know the following is weighted (no pun intended) towards heavy & traditional, but my group includes my 78-year-old half-French traditionalist dad, who, while adventurous in his time, has no patience for cumin/mangoes/raw parsnips in his French food. But he loves and appreciates good food and I’d love to show him there’s something beyond Le Troumilou and Chartier. Just not too far beyond.

The DILLEMAS
We’re staying way up in Clichy, so logistics for long days of doing a thing or two between meals drives some choices. Also, French restaurant hours….considering our days include a Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday…enough said. And to top it all off, for some of these meals we’ll have 7 people. Oof.

A convivial atmosphere / joie de vivre / warm ambiance / funky setting goes a long way. Vats of communal terrine a plus. And I need a good value-to-quality ratio. No matter how “cheap” I pick, I risk a parental heart attack (and not just because we have a proclivity of pig parts, charcuterie and duck fat).

What I’d love from you-all: A reality check on accommodating our whole group, and reactions like: if you want THAT kind of food go here instead; you’re dreaming if you think you’ll get a rez for a meal in early April; there’s no way you can eat those two meals in one day, etc.

THE LIST (includes our whole group of 7 unless noted)

- Dinner at Aux Lyonnaise or Carte Blanche (based on locale; day or arrival)

- Dinner at Les Papilles (too tiny?)

- Breakfast at Bistrot du Peintre or lunch at l’as du Falafel (we’ll be at Bastille Market, heading to the suburbs for Sunday family dinner)

- Dinner at L'Ambassade d'Auvergne…could use a lunch candidate for this same day….

- Lunch at Café Constant (convenient to d’Orsay, may be a smaller group)

- Dinner at Jadis or La Cave de l’os a Moelle , same day as Café Constant

- Dinner at Chez Dumonet, sole meal of the day.

- l’Atelier for just 3 of us for lunch: is the 150 euro menu avail for lunch, and is it worth it or is a la carte better? Crazy to do this the same day as Les Papilles for dinner?

The following are the fallen soldiers due to complex logistics and, frankly, fear of risk. If you think any are must-haves to shake up a conservative list, I can try harder. Also, we’re traveling the week of April 8 so it may also be too late to reserve at some of these hot spots.

- Le Temps au Temp (friends raved about lunch at but it sounds like it’s on a downward trend?)
- Spring
- Frenchie
- Le Chateaubriand
- Le Violon d'Ingres
- l’AOC

Thanks in advance….if my question is this long, imagine how long my follow-up report will be………

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