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If you've been in Paris, you've probably been in this situation: It's 8:00, you're wandering around an unfamiliar arrondissement after a long day of staring at 18th-century paintings, your spoken French is way short of Madame Sarkozy's, and you're hungry and want to rest your dogs at a fantastic restaurant. Merde!
Calm down, weary traveler. Alec Lobrano, the former European editor for Gourmet and an American expat who's called Paris home for 25 years, has your back. With the recently released second edition of his Hungry for Paris, Lobrano supplies more than 100 in-depth suggestions, from the hautest dining rooms in town to the bistros where you can kick back with an omelet and a groaning plate of boudin noir (like La Bigarrade, Jadis, and L'Epigramme).
With this new edition he highlights some of the bright young stars of Paris kitchens who are taking French food in a whole new, and delicious, direction. It's like having that native pal in Paris who whispers a hot tip in your ear. Take it.
And then join Lobrano for dinner. With local food maven and blogger Wendy Lyn,of the Paris Kitchen, he's launched a twice-monthly hosted gathering called the Paris Supper Club. The movable feast takes place at favorite haunts of the two outgoing hosts, and leaves you feeling you know the city a lot better for having eaten well, in very good company.