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Le Café de Paris

Dynamic duo Louis and Janine Flematti have brought their combined epicurean skills and European chicness (he's Swiss; she's French) to bear in this Las Olas institution.

Le Café de Paris celebrated its half-century birthday in 2012 and shows no sign of slowing down. If you want to see the kitchen throw down with some real panache, order from the seafood menu and end with baked Alaska or a cherries jubilee.

715 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-467-2900


101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561-833-5090
(Pictured: Moules Frites "Mariniere")

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(Claire Perez/courtesy / July 2, 2013)

Q: I'm wondering if you could locate a recipe from Pistache French Bistro for me? I get their Moules Frites "Mariniere" every time I'm there with a glass of Rosé. It brings me back to the summers I spent in the south of France. I would love to know how to duplicate this at home. Merci! — Monica Campbell, Boca Raton

A: Thierry Beaud, proprietor of Pistache French Bistro (101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561- 833-5090, pistachewpb.com), hails from Bordeaux and grew up in Marseille and Paris. His fond childhood memories include time spent dipping french fries in bowls of Mariniere broth at the local brasserie, Léon de Bruxelles. "You could order mussels any way you want there. But I always went for the Mariniere," he said. "My father was a banker and traveled a lot. So when we went out to dinner, it was quality family time for us to catch up. This is when I developed a passion for food." You may recognize Beaud from his seafood restaurant and raw bar just across the bridge in Palm Beach, PB Catch (251 Sunrise Ave.; 561-655-5558, pbcatch.com).

France's national holiday, Bastille Day, is coming up. Commemorate it at Pistache on July 13 with dinner and "bal populaire" or July 14 with brunch, entertainment and the fifth annual Waiters Race. Bon appetit!

Q: We had lunch at GG's and loved the white bean soup. We have been going there for years and have never had a bad meal. Could we get the recipe? — Jim and Norma Sumner, Davie

A: "It's just like my grandmother's soup," said owner and chef George Delgardio, of his family's recipe. GG's of New York (5440 N. State Road 7, Fort Lauderdale; 954-484-0400, ggsofny.com) is a culmination of more than 75 years and three generations in the restaurant biz. Delgardio's grandparents in 1937 ran Troy Restaurant and Pizzeria on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, N.Y. In 1950, Delgardio's father opened Del Dio's Pizzeria and Restaurant in Canarsie. A South Florida vacation in 1975 was all it took for he and his wife to fall in love with the weather and relocate. Now in its 37th year, GG's has become a local favorite known for family style cooking, pizza, classic Italian specialties and a relaxed atmosphere.