Dining à La Français Is A Tradition In Which To Indulge Often

Classic French menus are practically pre-ordained to include the standard fare of onion soup, steak tartare, snails and frogs' legs not to mention duck, rabbit and soufflé. Although these selections can vary according to the region that the classic French restaurant represents. If it’s Burgundian cuisine, you can count on the snails, for a taste of Bordeaux, try the duck at Le Petit Bordelais

The real classic here on this list, however, is Au Pied de Cochon. A fixture in Les Halles since the '40s, this landmark just keeps getting better. It's disinguished, too, by the Maitre Restaurateur label, meaning everything is made in-house. So go ahead and indulge in the pork paté, it's some of the best in the city, not to mention the signature dish, their pig's trotters. Another true classic on this list, at least for beef lovers, is Maison de l'Aubrac. For those who love steak and potatoes, you'll be in heaven here with their carefully raised cows served up as steaks with the regional specialty, aligote, a cheesy creamy French-style mashed potato.  

We tend to romanticize the inclusion of frogs' legs and escargots (snails) on a menu and call it French. But for visitors to France these seem to be the classic dishes that make us feel like we’ve tried the local cuisine. So, you’ll find the fairly new and very popular restaurant, with wine connoisseurs, at least, Les Climats, on this list. For a classic French bistro menu, and moreover, the ambiance of this place which has stood in its same Left Bank spot since 1845, Le Polidor is a great pick. For truly fine French traditional dining, nd you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere which does it better, or with more warmth and generoisty than Les Tablettes. And, to top off a day of shopping in the fabulous Place Ternes district, stop in at La Lorraine for lunch or dinner for a treat or even a platter of outstanding seafood and oysters. 

You can't say you've really been to Paris until you've dined here at Au Pied de Cochon. The name of the restaurant means "pig's foot" literally translated, or pig's trotters for the culinary translation. And that is what the restaurant became...  Read More

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Le Petit Bordelais
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Le Soufflé
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8ème Arrondissement
Maison de L'Aubrac
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This restaurant is devoted to the extrarodinary wines of Burgundy. The word "Climat," refers, in French, to the small parcels that make up the mosaic-like terroir of Burgundy and its famous vineyards. Hence, this is the best restaurant in...  Read More

Les Tablettes de Jean-Louis Nomicos
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Hands down one of the most cheerful gastronomic restaurants in Paris, Les Tablettes Jean-Louis Nomicos highlights the talented chef's Mediterranean origins. Nomicos took over this former Joel Robuchon outpost several years ago and has been...  Read More


Meet Paige Donner

Paige is a transplanted Parisian. She first arrived as a young bride in the early 90s to live in Paris, having uprooted herself from her native California.

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