Le Petit Bistravesty

February 25, 2008 at 2:50 pm | Posted in food | 4 Comments
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So… I’m back! In Paris, and also in the blogosphere. I know I’ve been missed.

While I get back into the swing of things, I thought I’d share with you a little discovery I made on my winter vacation. You know how I’m always teasing the French for their ill-conceived attempts at imitating American food? (see here, here, here, and here.) Well, I figure turn about is fair play.

Waiting on line for a feast of all-American food-court fried chicken, I noticed this establishment next door:

Le Petit Bistro

Oh look! A little slice of France, right here in the Providence Place Mall. Quiche, croissants, baguettes — why, apparently they even have a butcher on the premises! But let’s look a little closer…

Mmm… nothing says authentic French cooking like Santa Fe Chicken Ciabatta, followed by a Snickers Pie. Close your eyes, you could almost imagine you’re at your favorite bistro du quartier!

Or, maybe not. I wish I could tell you I ordered the Snickers Pie for research purposes, but really, what would be the point? I stuck with my fried chicken, and was very happy with that decision.



  1. Welcome back! I’m so glad you survived the food court and have brought back this story to share. Tell me: how many refills you can get on your Large Bistro Gourmet Coffee there?

  2. I can only imagine, Meg, since I didn’t go near the stuff myself. 😛

  3. I read your blog all the time, and I was so happy to see it return! As an American, I have seen these so-called “bistros” all over the place. It honestly just looks all like American food! Shameful…

  4. Shameful and funny, Sarah — I always wonder who they think they’re fooling…

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