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Experience Paris Without Leaving The ‘Burgh

April 6, 2011 7:28 AM

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Eiffel Tower, France, French, Paris

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Eiffel Tower, France, French, Paris

Photo Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Even though you can fly directly from Pittsburgh to Paris, you don’t necessarily have to leave the ‘Burgh to get a taste of “The City of Light.” Whether it’s quaint cafe’s, authentic Parisian food or flaky croissants, Pittsburgh has what you need to satisfy your craving for French culture.

PARIS 66

6018 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15206
(412)-404-8166
http://www.paris66bistro.xbuild.com

Paris 66 is owned by Lori and Frederic Rongier, who opened the restaurant to fulfill their longtime dream of owning a place that served authentic, home-style French cuisine. The restaurant is open for brunch, lunch and dinner, giving diners a whole host of options to try. Patrons love the affordable price and delicious menu offerings.

CAFE DU JOUR

1107 East Carson Street
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15203
(412)-488-9695

Located on the busy strip of the South Side, Café Du Jour offers a haven for diners with an outdoor seating area. While the restaurant only accepts cash, the menu is extensive. Diners say the atmosphere reminds them of little bistros in Provence. If you’re looking for a local brew to go with your dinner, though, you won’t find it here. This restaurant is BYOB.

Le Pommier Bistro, Paris, Pittsburgh, restaurant

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LE POMMIER BISTRO

2104 East Carson Street
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15203
(412)-431-1901
http://www.lepommierpittsburgh.com/html_pages/homepage.html

Le Pommier Bistro has many traditional French dishes on their menu, including Coq au Vin and Sassoulet. They also have a wine list offering French fare, with rose, blanc, rouge and dessert wines listed. If you’re in the mood for something more unique, Le Pommier Bistro has a list of their own signature cocktails that are made with hard-to-find liquors like elderflower liquor, pear vodka and cassis liquor.

BRASSERIE 33

5863 Ellsworth Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15232
(412)-636-3090
http://www.brasserie33.com

This Shadyside restaurant is new to the neighborhood and features French cuisine with a wide range of fish and meat entrees. Chefs emphasize traditional French cooking, making sure a dish tastes just as delicious every time you order it. Even the staff adds to the Parisian experience, encouraging customers to order “en Françias”.

LA GOURMANDINE FRENCH BAKERY

4605 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15201
(412)-682-2210
http://www.lagourmandinebakery.com

If you’re looking for affordable French pastry, look no further. This bakery is known only for its delicious pastries, as well as their breakfast and lunch specials. For breakfast, a coffee and a danish are only $3. For lunch, guests can purchase different combination of food and beverage for under $6.

JEAN-MARC CHATELLIER’S FRENCH BAKERY

213 North Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15209
(412)-821-8533
http://www.jeanmarcchatellier.com

Located in Millvale, this bakery opened in 1992 and has been providing local residents with Parisian pastries ever since. Chef Jean-Marc combines his French training with his American culinary experiences to create unique cakes and pastries. If you’d like a tasty dinner on the run, Jean-Marc Chatellier’s offers a quiche dinner special to go that includes a quiche and two individual tarts or cakes.

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