Petit Trois -- chefs Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo's neighboring cafe counterpart to Trois Mec (which I've still yet to get to - I swear it's already my 2015 New Year's resolution!) -- is officially my new I-can't-wait-to-be-a-regular local restaurant. With less than a total of two dozen wood stools in this perfectly Parisian bar, it is the ten or so along the marble counter that are most vied for with their view directly onto the small open kitchen and the talented brigade at work. Open seven days a week from noon to 11:00 PM, the "Bar à la Carte" full menu at Petit Trois is the embodiment of true, traditional food you'd find at any neighborhood bar in Paris. The first bite of the Celery Root Remoulade with freshly shaved horseradish took my mother, my dining companion for this pre-birthday celebratory lunch, straight back to her university days in Paris, and each succeeding dish maintained that same sense of seemingly transporting our bar-stools in Hollywood to the Montparnasse area cafes. With no hint of brown, the pale yellow, smooth, rolled Omelette with Boursin Cheese and Chives has an ultra creamy interior texture and is a classic masterful example of culinary simplicity. The Burgundy Escargots are tender and unbeatable in their pond of garlic and parsley butter. The Croque Monsieur, dare I say it, even rivals my mother's home-cooked rendition of the decadent ham and mornay sauce French staple! Paired with a crisp glass of rosé, wonderfully friendly service, and a general sense of celebrating the feeling that camaraderie and really good food are what help make the world go round, I very much look forward to making myself a recognizable face among Petit Trois' clientele.
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