French restaurants in Portland—like much of the city’s cuisine—vary in levels of traditionalism. Some, like Woodstock’s Bergerac or the mini-chain of French boulangeries Petit Provence, hew closer to familiar French cooking, while places like Normandie and Paley’s Place tend to incorporate ingredients and techniques from across the world.
Whether strictly traditional or bold and innovative, every French restaurant in town was forced to deal with the pandemic that struck the city, shuttering restaurants and reshaping the culinary landscape. Some places, like Belgian cafe La Moule or the Parisian-inspired Bistro Agnes are on hiatus, and will hopefully return to the city soon. But others remained open, offering takeout, meal boxes,
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