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Le Colimaçon is for tourists, and the quality is below acceptable. You’d never find a French person eating there. You’ve lost me there David.

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David, we are going to Paris in June. My husband is a beer drinker. What is the beer scene like in Paris and will most restaurants serve beer? Thx.

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Apr 16Liked by David Lebovitz

OMG, I went to Le Colimaçon back in Feb ‘99 and loved it, but have never seen it mentioned until now! Glad it is still there and still good!

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Hello David, I recently started getting your newsletter. I am coming on my own to Paris in in mid-May. I am looking for bistros or restaurants where I can have a good meal but the meals don't have to be the very best or most sought-after. I think I will feel more comfortable in that setting. I don't have any special requests. Do you have suggestions or previous posts? I will be in Paris for 12 days staying In Saint Germain des Pres and later in the Marais.

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Yes, you can check my previous posts here in the newsletter under the "Paris Eating & Drinking" category. Also check my list of Favorite Paris Restaurants here (which I update regularly) https://www.davidlebovitz.com/paris/

Have a good trip!

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(I prefer the former over the latter.)

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I've paid for the year. Why the continuing requests for upgrade to paid?

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Apr 13·edited Apr 13Author

Are you getting personalized notifications/requests about that? In each newsletter that goes out to all subscribers, there's a place where people can enter their email to upgrade their subscriptions. If you're already a paid subscriber, you're all set and you can just scroll past it : )

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Apr 12Liked by David Lebovitz

Loved vicariously eating my way through that beautiful food. Thanks for sharing photos and descriptions.😊

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Apr 12Liked by David Lebovitz

I have so enjoyed trying out your recs. when In in Paris. Last year was Kubris and Saint Sebastian. Sat next to Jon Bonne at latter and learned and listened about wine. Really nice man. This year I have booked Colimacon because of you and shall also try Bistrot Instinct. Any thoughts? Will be there early June

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Jon is very interesting and glad you met him. I don't know Bistrot Instinct so can't say.

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Apr 12Liked by David Lebovitz

Thank you for the tip on tips. I feeling guilty for not tipping more generously and then have to remind myself that it's a very different situation here. I was a server in college. It's bizarre that we had to rely on tips for a salary.

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It's hard to get used to if coming from a tip-obligatory culture. I still feed awkward not leaving anything but most servers do a good job so I don't mind leaving something as a gesture.

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Apr 12Liked by David Lebovitz

You have definitely taken the shine off of our of dinner of pie and veg (not that it was shiny to start with … it’s the dinner we have when the week has overtaken me … big time). Such scrumptious food thank you.

Deb Perlman mentioned your book My Paris Kitchen recently … with regard to fresh pasta so I ordered it (the book 😳) and it has arrived!!

The standard of food this weekend will definitely improve … pasta being the first effort.

Thank you again for a great post … and book … in advance!! 💐

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Enjoy the book!!

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Wow, what a gourmet tour, and the photos of the food, amazing! Well done David. I can’t see us ever getting back to Paris so for me this was a nice way to see “what’s cooking”

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Apr 11Liked by David Lebovitz

Do you stroll around to find somewhere to go or do you go with a specific restaurant in mind?

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Generally have a place in mind. If you just walk in to a place for dinner, chances are they won't have a place for you (unless it's a very casual café) People have traditionally reserved in restaurants in Paris because most are small and they like to know how many people are coming, and who.

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Apr 11Liked by David Lebovitz

David I want to especially thank you for your "Two Paris Dining Notes" ... on booking restaurants early. WOW This heads-up is such a valuable piece of advice .... it paid for my annual subscription in one go! My daughter and I are coming mid to late June and I am sure things will be busier than even now. I am coming to Paris to eat and I (largely you) have identified numerous restaurants where I would like to go. It would be so disappointing not to be able to get in. Thank you again! Marguerite

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Happy it was helpful and yes, reservations have become a lot of important in Paris - even on weeknights. The good news is that a lot of places now have online reservations so it's easier but be sure to cancel if you can't make it and also some places will call or email you to confirm the day before or the same say. So make sure they have your contact info : )

Have a good trip!

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Apr 11Liked by David Lebovitz

Thx again

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Maybe next newsletter…are there any vegetarian restaurants, or mostly raw that are fresh and delicious. Your palette is amazing but mine is so much more limited. Speciality salads? Hold the mayo please type places. Loved the restaurant descriptions.

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Years ago (2008!) I did a post on vegetarian restaurants in Paris: https://www.davidlebovitz.com/tips-for-vegeta-1/ But to be honest, a good number of restaurants have either vegetarian options or would prepare something vegetarian, that I don't think one needs to go to a specifically vegetarian restaurant. Almost all the restaurants here would do something vegetarian if asked but in some cases, especially in places like Comice, you would want to let them know in advance.

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Apr 11Liked by David Lebovitz

On your rec, we made reservations at Kubri in December. While there, we loved it so much, we made reservations for the next night too, as we always stay in the 11th. Just really outstanding. Our fave was the Hispi Cabbage too. Had it both nights.

The staff is really friendly too. Anyway, thanks for the 411 :)

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Apr 11Liked by David Lebovitz

Armchair gastronomic tour. I love it. If I cant eat it, I love reading about it. Thank you so much.

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