Hello and thanks in advance for any feedback provided. After much on-line research we have composed our detailed eating itinerary. In the process I definitely noticed that around half of our picks are barely on the Chowhound radar and wonder why? My one and only assumption is our chowing parameters. My wife and I are:
1) unconcerned with the number of Michelin stars.
2) we prefer to avoid tasting menus unless short--5 courses or under.
3) (service snafus aside) we aren't inclined to have any dinners that are longer than 2.00 hours-2:15 hours in length.
4) we have no concern if tourist dine there, although would not want to eat anywhere where there are considerably more tourists than locals. 60% local at least.
5) our focus is on bistro fare. We hope to have a couple of great steaks/beef dishes including bourguignon, frogs legs, escargot, coq au vin, roast chicken bouillabaisse, cassoulet, charcuterie, raw bar.
Here are our dining plans:
DAY 1. LUNCH: LA CONDESA
DINNER: LE SERVERO
DAY 2. LUNCH SATURDAY 2-STOPS: ARNAUD NICHOLAS + HUITRERIE REGIS
DINNER SATURDAY BISTROT PAUL BERT
DAY 3. LUNCH SUNDAY 2-STOPS: CLAMATO- + L'AVANT COMPTOIR
DINNER: LE BON GEORGES OR SEMILA
DAY 4 LUNCH: CHEZ DENISE
DINNER: ZE KITCHEN
Macaroons + vanilla tart + 2000 layer napoleon + lspahan croissant: PIERRE HERME
Eclairs: L'Eclair de Genie
Cream Puffs: Odette &/or Popelini
Fou de &/or Jacques Genin for pâtes de fruits
Du Pan des Idees
Des Gateaux de du Pan
Our just-missed eating list includes: BENOIT, CHEZ DUMONET, CHEZ L JEAN AMI
CLOWN BAR, LE MARY CELESTE, LA CABANE.
Our questions are:
1. Any places on our list that we should avoid, remove, swap out?
2. Which Sunday dinner option is best: Bon Georges or Semila (or Clown Bar)?
3. We do tend to like excellent hybridized cooking: French + strong foreign influence.
Are there any must-go spots that we left out (based upon our parameters)?
4. Ultimately for us, great meals are not about entire menus but singular transcendent dishes that induce craving--dishes you need to eat monthly or at least every other month. Any on your lists?
Again, thank you all in advance for any guidance and will report back by March 3rd on our experiences.
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