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Paris by mouth: Any dining suggestions for our restaurant critic, S. Irene Virbila?

I’m going to Paris for a four days soon and (way too late) have just begun to think about where I want to eat. What can I say? I've been busy and the time just got away from me. I did manage to snag two reservations this afternoon. Which leaves me with the two most difficult: Sunday and Monday, when many restaurants are closed. I'm stumped.

To research what’s new and interesting, there’s no better site than the year-old Paris by Mouth, a group site and blog from a star-studded lineup of Paris-based food writers. It’s a great resource namely because the contributors really know what they’re talking about. They include journalist and editor Meg Zimbeck, Clotilde Dusoulier (the blogger behind Chocolate & Zucchini and author of what I think is the best guide to Paris eating, “Clotilde’s Edible Adventures in Paris”), Patricia Wells ("Food Lover’s Guide to Paris" and a slew of fine cookbooks) and Alexander Lobrano (former European correspondent for the much-missed Gourmet magazine) as well as cookbook author Dorie Greenspan, author most recently of “Around My French Table,” winner of this years IACP award for best cookbook.

Poke around the site and you’ll find Paris by Mouth’s guide to Paris restaurants divvied up by arrondissement (addresses would help, just a thought). Also Paris pastry shops, bakeries and wine bars, even ice cream shops, all organized by neighborhood. Print the list or lists out to carry with you or make PDFs and stick them in your smart phone.

Meanwhile, anybody have good ideas for places open on Sunday and Monday night? So far, I’ve got the wine bars Le Baron Rouge and the newly expanded Le Verre Volé. At this point I'm hoping I’ll get lucky and one of my friends will invite me to dinner so I won’t have to think about it.

Why can I never remember to avoid Sunday and Monday when planning a trip to Paris?


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—S. Irene Virbila

Photo credit: Paris, as seen from the foot of the Eiffel Tower. (Associated Press /Remy de la Mauviniere)

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Dear Irene: Even though I've been trying unsuccessfully to get you to come to my restaurant for the past 11 years, I still love you and therefore offer this suggestion for Paris dining: Laperouse(51, quai des Grands Augustins, on the rive gauche, not too far from Lipp). It is very old (think it dates from the 1800's), rather traditional French and very, very good. Jonathan Burrows, chef/owner Mr Cecil's California Ribs. Bon Appetit!

A terrific place for great, great Sunday food and atmosphere is Chez Janou Bistrot and Restaurant provençal, 2, rue Roger Verlomme, 75003, in the Marais. It's open every day lunch and evening, (Sundays and Mondays included) with in and outdoor seating. The Farcis Provençaux (stuffed zucchini, tomatoes, peppers) is terrific, and they serve an awesome chocolate mousse in a really decadent presentation. There's a menu at the very clever website www.chezjanou.com .

Sunday go tos: Bistro d'Henri and Fish, both in the 6e.

Not sure about Monday night, but also recommend le Maison du Jardin in the 6e just outside of the Jardin de Luxembourg.

All are informal, bistro style cooking, all require reservations as they are extremely popular. Great value.

Bon appetit!

I am in Paris right now for a similar four day trip spanning Sunday and Monday. Dinner Sunday night was at the fantastic Le Violin d'Ingres. Beef cheeks "millefeuille" layered with artichokes served with chanterelles, spring peas, baby turnips, in a sherry vinegar sauce with garish of bone marrow and foie gras. Best meal of the long weekend so far.

Hi Irene, These are all great sites and I've been using them too, to plan our trip this weekend to Paris (maybe we'll run into each other?!) Just want to point out one site you missed, Alec Lobrano's Hungry for Paris. He's also part of Paris by Mouth (as you point out) but also has published a great little book that has places that are on neither site. Another great site is David Lebovitz's.
Have a great time in Paris. I know I will!

Paris by Mouth was great! That's where I learned about Du Pain et des Idees, a wonderful bakery near the Canal St. Martin. I also enjoyed coffee at Chez Prune and dinner at Le Baratin, though of course it's closed Sunday and Monday.

PbM reporting for duty! Thanks for such a glowing recommendation of our website. Here are a few additional resources and ideas to help you plan your edible adventures on Sunday and Monday:

A new article "Five Great Places for Sunday Dinner" presents our contributors' five favorite spots for capping off the weekend. Our number one pick is Fish - La Boissonnerie, and you can read the full article here - http://bit.ly/moD0Yz

We created a special topic in our brand-new discussion forum asking our food-obsessed readers to weigh in and help S. Irene Virbila select the best Sunday/Monday options for her upcoming trip - http://bit.ly/jgn03b

Finally, we're planning a picnic next Sunday June 19th to celebrate our anniversary and would love to meet S. Irene Virbila and any other LA Times readers that might be in Paris that weekend! The invitation is on our Facebook page here - http://on.fb.me/ikbIiX

Once again, we're so happy that you find our site useful. Merci beaucoup!


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