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    Default French Dining Tips anyone?

    Hubby and I and some friends are planning on going to a nice french restaurant sometime in the next several months and have never been before.

    I was wondering if anyone had any advice or suggestions on how to choose a french restaurant- any tips or need to know things- and if you have any- say what your favorite dishes are and why.

    I am a big sauce person!
    I don't eat fish or shellfish and am only interested in chicken, pork, and beef as far as meat.
    I love strong flavors.
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    They should have steak au poivre, try it. If it sucks, run away as fast as you can. If they can't do that well, the rest of the food probably isn't all that great.

    Man, steak au poivre, and a nice Bordeaux. Now I am starving...

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    French. Watch out since they can have dishes including snails or frogs. And many people (me included) don't really like those.
    But for the picking first:

    I recommend you check your phone book or the internet for restaurants near and if possible go there to look at them. That way you can check the atmosphere and how clean it is. Also the restaurants have the menu hanging at the doors, so you can check if there is something you would like.

    Good dishes are any soups or also Entrecte, a very delicious kind of meat, normally served with herb butter and some other things to go with. It is a little more expensive than other dishes, but once in a while you can do that.

    In any case, go and check some restaurants if you can. That way you avoid bad surprises.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ladypinkington View Post
    I am a big sauce person!
    I don't eat fish or shellfish and am only interested in chicken, pork, and beef as far as meat.
    I love strong flavors.
    Maybe you should go for an indian or brazilian restaurant then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GargoylesLegacy View Post
    French. Watch out since they can have dishes including snails or frogs. And many people (me included) don't really like those.
    What the hell ?
    Dude why do people always tell that, I'm french and neither have nor am planning to eat those stuffs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EcK View Post
    What the hell ?
    Dude why do people always tell that, I'm french and neither have nor am planning to eat those stuffs.
    I'm not french and have several times It is part of french cuisine though, but not a major highlight.

    You get a lot of that in asia too - and it's more common (as in, street vendors sell them.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptgatsby View Post
    I'm not french and have several times It is part of french cuisine though, but not a major highlight.

    You get a lot of that in asia too - and it's more common (as in, street vendors sell them.)
    Was just playing the offended french guy.

    I'm not a great fan of the local cuisine. Too rich for me. I'd rather go for some clean and lean japanese stuffs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EcK View Post
    What the hell ?
    Dude why do people always tell that, I'm french and neither have nor am planning to eat those stuffs.
    Well, you know I came to find out that when you actually go eat stuff in the actual country the restaurant is from (France in this example), they don't have such stereotype-food. But when you go to a French restaurant in other countries they do have that stuff. Seems they like to feed the stereotypes or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GargoylesLegacy View Post
    Well, you know I came to find out that when you actually go eat stuff in the actual country the restaurant is from (France in this example), they don't have such stereotype-food. But when you go to a French restaurant in other countries they do have that stuff. Seems they like to feed the stereotypes or so.
    What gets copied is the delicacies, at least in more ethno-centric areas. We have it all here, but I've noticed that there is more stratification in other areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EcK View Post
    Maybe you should go for an indian or brazilian restaurant then.
    I don't think not eating beef or shellfish would go over well at a Brazilian restraunt, as most of what I encountered there was either shrimp or steak! (or pork sausages)

    maybe coq-au-vin? didn't see chicken on the Do Not Eat list!
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