Euro 2016 is in full swing, and if you're a soccer fan you've been enjoying watching the tournament that's been taking place in France. It got me to thinking about the trip Leisha and I took to Paris two summers ago. In celebration of a fun tournament and as a bit of a rememberance of our time in France, we're revisiting a post we wrote two summers ago that looked at some of the top French restaurants in Atlanta that don't require a passport or a long flight.
Paris is a wonderful city to visit with the art, the monuments, the scenery, the and of course the dining options. From small out of the way bistros and cafe's to five star restaurants and everything in between there is ample opportunity to satisfy your hunger. In 1765 a Parisian soup-vendor named Boulanger (which, confusingly, means Baker) put up a sign outside his shop in Latin, reading: "VENITE AD ME VOS QUI STOMACHO LABORATIS ET EGO RESTAURABO VOS " translated as "Come to me, all who labour in the stomach, and I will restore you." The idea of serving individual meals to customers who could sit down and eat them on the spot was, amazingly, very new; so the restorative aspect of Boulanger's innovation was incorporated into the name for this type of establishment. The word "restaurant" comes from the French word " la restauration", meaning "restoration". (http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Where_does_the_word_restaurant_come_from#ixzz20E6vX3wO}
Atmosphere Restaurant is a quaint, French Bistro located near Ansley Park in Atlanta, Georgia. Serving meticulously-prepared dishes, desserts and cocktails. Set in a beautiful, restored home built in the mid 50's, Atmosphere is warm and inviting - casual yet elegant. Rated the #1 French Restaurant 2011 - 2012 by Zagats. http://www.atmospherebistro.com
In 1994 Arnaud Michel wanted to recreate the casual bistros he knew growing up in the south of France where people could meet and enjoy light fare with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. The result was Anis Bistro, ocated in a converted house that has been renovated to transport its guests to one of the many charming restaurants you're likely to find in Provence. Michel Michel works with local vendors to secure the most authentic ingredients - wine and cheese from the south of France, pristine produce and seasonal seafood. Rated Best Romantic Terrace by Atlanta Magazine. http://www.anisbistro.com
Since 1974, Petite Auberge has served fine French cuisine and Continental classics. Nestled away in a quiet corner of the Toco Hill Center, this Atlanta French restaurant keeps its guests coming back with such distinctive favorites as Beef Wellington, Coq au Vin, Rack of Lamb, and a diversified wine list. http://www.petiteauberge.com
Bistro Niko is a piece of Paris, right in the heart of Buckhead. The modern French fare is authentic & simple, while the affordably priced wine list, exciting cocktails and extensive craft beer list ensure that everyone finds something to suit their tastes. Grand ceilings, art from Paris and a patio that overlooks Peachtree make Bistro Niko at once a destination and a neighborhood restaurant. http://www.buckheadrestaurants.com/bistro-niko/
Le Giverny, located on the edge of the Emory University campus, has been a treasured neighborhood destination for the past 18 years. The menu features the best of the diverse culinary traditions of France with unique twists on beloved French specialties prepared by French born chef Remy Kerba. http://www.legiverny.com
These are just a sample of the french inspired restaurants and cafe's in our great city. Whether it's your first date or 40th date you're sure to enjoy some great food, aromatic atmosphere and a little taste of France. A votre sante. Lisa (from paris)
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