This turn of the century bistro in Montparnasse is my wife’s and my favorite seafood restaurant in Paris. It’s a wonderful spot for lunch and people watching. The oysters, which vary from season to season, are always spectacular, super-fresh and loaded with flavor. Following the oysters, we enjoyed two great dishes, the lobster salad and sole Meunière, whose freshness, purity and simplicity are remarkable. We washed all this down with an absolutely magnificent bottle of André Perret’s 2009 Condrieu Chery. Normally I choose one of their excellent Loire Valley whites, but I couldn’t pass this wine up since I had had it earlier in the week and I knew it was a fabulous wine.
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Petit Louis Bistro
A lookalike, authentic French bistro, Petit Louis in Baltimore's Roland Park is the creation of restauranteurs par excellence Cindy Wolf and Tony Foreman. You feel like you’ve walked into a bistro on the Left Bank of Paris when you enter Petit Louis. The food is classic bistro, and they do it well. All of the courses we had were flavorful, sometimes a trifle rustic, but delicious in their intensity. This was good comfort food prepared extremely well. The wines started with one of the major surprises for me over the last year, the 2006 sparking wine from Tony Soter in Oregon. I had this several times while I was out visiting Oregon, and I had always been impressed, but this is a 10-year-old sparking Rosé that is just sensational, and I’m talking world class—it’s that good. Something this good from France would cost at least two to three times as much, so kudos to Tony Soter. The 1995 Billaud-Simon Chablis Mont de Milieu was oxidized and undrinkable. The 1996 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Clos St. Urbain Rangen de Thann was sweet, and although it went well with the foie gras, it was just a little too unctuous and sweet a wine...