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Help: a week in Paris, bistro and seafood

foggy_town | Sep 17, 200901:25 PM

I will be in Paris for a week in the mid-October. I have been to Paris in the past, but the last time was 5 years ago. This time my wife will not travel with me. Instead my college aged daughter will join me in Paris. She is taking a semester in Spain, and will have a 1-week break in October.

We plan to dine mostly in informal bistros, and my daughter expressed an interest in tasting food from different regions of France. I have been browsing the board for a few days, and compiled a list to choose from:

Basque: Au Bascou, Chez L'Ami Jean
Alsace: one of those big brasseries (?)
Auvergne: L’Ambassade A’Auvergne
Lyon: Aux Lyonnais, Moissonnier
Provence: La Bastide Odeon, Casa Olympe
Brittany: Chez Michel
Gascony: Au Trou Gascon
Southwest: Josephine, L’Oulette
Other “famous” bistro: La Regalade, Chez Georges, Au Bon Accueil
Seafood: La Cagouille, Le Dome, Les Fables de la Fontaine

I have been to some in the list, but ut has been a while. We prefer fish and vegetable to meat, although I do not mind an occasional duck or veal (they do it better in France). We do not eat is pork, though. With these parameters in mind, can you comment on the restaurants to help me narrow down? I know almost every restaurant in Paris will have at least one fish dish on their menu, but I imagine some are stronger in the fish department.

In addition, we would like to have one meal at a fine dining establishment. The highest on my wish list is L’Arpege. I understand their lunch more reasonably priced (150 euro?). Does it offer a tasting menu experience for lunch? Thanks.

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