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Last Minute Paris

SteveA | Jan 23, 2004 07:47 PM

I have two questions, only remotely related. First, one of our days in Paris we will take a daytrip to Normandy by car. I want to leave our return time to Paris open, so no reservations that night. Thus, what is the best restaurant, bistro, etc. where I might have a shot at getting a table at the last minute, on a Thursday night? We’ll be going to Violon D’Ingres, Guy Savoy and Lucas Carton on other nights. On this night I don’t care about location or number of stars. I just want to know where I might realistically get in at 9 or 10 at night for a quality meal.

Second question: I know it’s controversial, but I’ve quite enjoyed L’ami Louis in the past. However, given our other plans, on this occasion I would prefer not to pay three-star prices for this type of food. Are there any other Parisian bistros that somewhat duplicate the L’ami Louis experience in terms of the type of food – big slabs of foie gras, beautiful roast chickens, huge roasts? There may be many, but I just haven’t found them. Thanks in advance.

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