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Paris: Looking for an old-fashioned, traditional experience

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Paris: Looking for an old-fashioned, traditional experience

Jerrysfriend | Oct 4, 2009 04:46 AM

Set for my 34th trip to Europe next month (95% included at least a few days in Paris). I find that I am happiest in restaurants there where I can have a more "foreign," 1950s or 1960's style experience and am least satisfied eating 'hip," with loads of Americans in attendence. If I wanted that, I could stay at home.
I am seeking more places where I will find mostly middle to upper class French customers who still "dress" properly for dinner (this means TIES!) and who enjoy good food, in at least moderate to somewhat more elegant places. This means that I want to avoid anything by Ducasse, Robuchon, Savoy, the 10th, 11th or 12th, jeans, untucked or black silk shirts on men, tables without tablecloths, etc.
I have found that Chez George (in the 17th) is what I am looking for, and at least to some degree, Drouant, Josephine and Les Balloon de Ternes. This time I plan on trying Le Petit Retro, L'Arome, La Rotonde and Garnier. Any other suggestions?

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