Food & Drink

French food is beginning to suck. Here's why.

Published On 04/01/2014 Published On 04/01/2014
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Bistrot Terroir Parisien de Yannick Alléno
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1. Terroir Parisien 24 Rue Saint-Victor, Paris, 75005

If you want truly local, seasonal fare then look no further than Terroir Parisien. Chef Yanick Alleno’s spot is devoted to reviving French classics by using local ingredients, ensuring all dishes are as fresh as possible.

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2. Caillebotte 8 rue Hippolyte Lebas, Paris, 75009

At Caillebotte you’ll get a marble tabletop at the bar, things doused in fancy sauces, and lots of smoked and steamed options (how 'bout oysters?). There’s even a family garden that supplies some of the vegetables on your plate, so you know your food is fresh.

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3. Pierre Sang in Oberkampf 55 rue Oberkampf, Paris, 75011 (Bastille)

Don't try to make a reservation (you can't), don't try to call (there's no phone number to call them), and don't ask for a menu (they don't have 'em). But what they do have is a Top Chef finalist chef and reasonably priced (and delicious) food.

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4. Café Trama 83 rue du Cherche Midi, Paris, 75006 (St Germain Des Pres)

This cafe with an Art-Deco design serves up classic French fare using only fresh ingredients and produce, and there is plenty of foie gras and charcuterie for your French fix.

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5. Le Verre Volé 67 Rue de Lancry, Paris, 75010

It might not be the biggest resto/wine bar, but it's cozy and is great for dinner and a glass of vino (or just snag a bottle to go!).

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6. Du Pain et Des Idées 34 rue Yves Toudic, Paris, 75010

This is your classic old-school Parisian bakery. Baker Christophe Vasseur spends 48hrs letting his bread rise and he never uses frozen dough to bake his masterpieces.

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