9 Places You Should Visit in Paris (According to Phil Rosenthal)

Where to eat in Paris? Take our advice: Do a Phil Rosenthal “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having” food crawl to these 9 Parisian gems. PBS.org/whatphilshaving
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    Les Deux Magots
    The historic haunt of Hemingway, Picasso, and James Joyce, Les Deux Magots is renowned for its hot chocolate - thick and rich like a melted chocolate bar. Phil ventured to Les Deux Magots after learning that his intended destination, Angelina, was closed, but the café played no second fiddle.
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    Marché D’Aligre
    This was Phil’s first stop in his search for the best famed French culinary staple, the roast chicken. Phil and renowned French-American chef, Alix LeCloche, picked up their poultry and set up shop to dine in a nearby park on the most luxurious of banquet surfaces - a ping pong table.
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    Arpège
    Owned by world famous French chef Alain Passard, L’Arpège prides itself not only on its three-star Michelin rating, but also its role in trailblazing the farm to table movement in Paris. Phil made the trek to Loire Valley to see firsthand where Passard gets his fresh, organic produce. At L’Arpège, Phil had some aesthetically pleasing potato salad, then later paired a wild plum, basil, and fresh almond sorbet with a 1968 port. http://www.alain-passard.com/
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    Blé Sucré
    At Blé Sucré, Phil took on the the mighty croissant with American ex-pat and Parisian pastry expert, David Lebowitz. David and Phil pondered the origins of the baguette as they palate what Phil called “layers of flaky goodness and buttery niceness.” https://www.google.com/maps/place/Blé+Sucré/@48.8505812,2.3767135,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x47e6720609b62aaf:0xda8fb6358465b3c8
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    Pierre Hermé
    Pierre Hermé prides itself on its extravagant displays of color and flavor in each treat; Phil called it "A real temple of high end stuff." Mixing foreign flavors like passionfruit and lychee into traditional French desserts, Pierre Hermé gained notoriety in Paris for its distinctive, revolutionary style. Among other treats, Phil dove into the grapefruit yogurt and Tom Kha Gai macaroons. http://www.pierreherme.com/
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    L'avant Comptoir
    A more accessible option for those seeking L’Arpège’s flavor and its farm to table foundations, Yves Camdeborde’s L'avant Comptoir never fails to disappoint. Phil entered with a hunk Perail de Brebis cheese, and exited with a full stomach, and some scrapbook-worthy reaction faces. http://www.hotel-paris-relais-saint-germain.com/flash/us/
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    L'Ami Jean
    Phil found savory solace at Stepan Jego’s L’ami Jean, where he tried steamed mackerel topped with blowtorched rosemary, scallops accented with bacon and onion, and most importantly dessert: rice pudding. “The best dessert. Feels like the soul of Paris, the soul of France,” he said. http://lamijean.fr/
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    L'As Du Falaffel
    Phil tries his hand as falafel-stuffer at L'As Du Falaffel, located in the Marais of the Jewish Quarter in Paris. This falafel stand is the most highly rated restaurant on Yelp in all of Paris. https://www.google.com/maps/place/L'As+Du+Fallafel/@48.8567176,2.3606243,17z/data=!4m7!1m4!3m3!1s0x47e66e025c679797:0xb90dd055f78e64bf!2sL'As+Du+Fallafel!3b1!3m1!1s0x47e66e025c679797:0xb90dd055f78e64bf
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    L'Ami Louis
    A heavyweight in the Parisian culinary scene, Alix LeCloche returns in the role of roast chicken consultant to help Phil judge the claim that L'Ami Louis has the best chicken in Paris. The result? L’Ami Louis proves that the title is well earned. “The perfect chicken,” says Alix. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Chez+L'Ami+Louis/@48.8670704,2.3581488,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x47e66e0f94eb6f21:0xaf33bb75b26d4fd4