bistro, cafe type place on the Left Bank of Paris
Going to Paris the second week of March. The air fare
is right and so is the hotel rate. Now I just need to
be able to afford to eat. I'll be in the 6th
arrondisement at Metro Odeon (or thereabouts) but will
definitely venture into other areas. Does any one know
of solid, maybe "working class" sorts of place for
a French meal? Thanks in advance.
Pat -- this is not a "working class" sort of place,
but I had a great meal there and it does not break the
bank. I highly recommend it.
It's called Le Bistro de l'Olivier. Address is
13 rue Quentin Bauchart (between Ave. George V and
Ave. Marceau) Ph: 01 47 20 17 00 . Nearest Metro
stop is George V .
I know it's on the Right Bank but it's worth the trip.
It is not a large place, so call ahead to make
reservations. They have a 3-course 190 FF menu. Wine
and coffee not included, of course. This works out to
around $32, and the quality is phenomenal. If the
place is busy and full, be prepared to wait a little
for your food. He cooks everything to order and takes
no shortcuts. The food is elegant but hearty
re: Gary Cheong
The greatest (size) bistro and for many the most exciting bistro is by far LA COUPOLE on the Boulevard
Montparnasse. Go late in the evening (but reserve)like
10 p.m. and see the interesting Parisians come out of their holes. Reasonable prices for good food. Living in Paris I go there about five times per year.
I can recommend the following within walking distance
of Odeon and are all reasonably priced;
Brasserie Balzar-rue des Ecoles
La Cafetierre-rue Mazarine
Polydor-can't remember but right off Place Odeon
Aux Charpentiers-rue Mabillon
Les Booknistes- Quai d'Augustin (if you want to splurge
A slight hike (25 minute walk) into the 7th gets you to
a good cluster of restaurants which specialize in
Southwestern cuisine. A bit pricier but worth it in my
Thomieux- rue St. Dominique
Chez l'Ami Jean-rue Malar (Basque and a personal
Les Fontaine des Mars-rue St. Dominique
d'Chez Eux-avenue Lowendale, a luxury bistro serving
mountains of food.
If you need more info, email me.
re: Don Byer
Are you asking me??? I never got there. I ended up
going to NY and having a wonderful culinary time, even
without stars. But now I'm embarrassed because in the
fun of planning the New York trip, I completely forgot
about the Paris query. More embarrassing still, I
didn't thank Gary Cheong and Steve Plotnicki for
replies. A very, very tardy thank you. I have made
note of your recommendations. I'll get there yet. pat