Paris in February, 2002
Myself & 4 friends are coming to Paris for a week in February. I am looking for places to eat that are off the beaten path, non-tourist, locals love to eat there and the food is great, in-expensive, etc.. I live in San Francisco and know good food and the hidden areas ... so please let me know the treasures you know!
I, too, live in SF and am expecting to go to Paris soon. I used the advanced google search (link below) to find all the Paris postings. There are a lot of postings, including a number about bistros. There is also series of posts titled "P is for Paris" which are infromative. You could also use the Find in Page feature also.
I imported the interesting postings into word and, once they are culled & cleaned up, I'll save them in my PDA.
re: Rochelle McCune
I don't want to be dense or ignorant but how do you get that advance search to work only on the chowhound site. I had heard it was possible but I can't make it search the way you intimate it can. The only thing that annoys me about the Chowhound site is the lack of specific (as to region) search feature. Thanks for the help.
click on "international" board, then 'select all'; choose "find" and fill in "Paris" and you will come up with many, many recent posts on restaurants in Paris. Something I find they do well in Paris that is inexpensive and somewhat difficult to find elsewhere is North African/Moroccan..."Le 404" (named for some reason, after a car)is owned by the same people as Momo in London, but it's much better, less attitude and more reasonabe. The people who work there are nicer, too. The closest Metro is Arts et Metiers, it's kind of behind the Marais in a warren of cheapie restaurant-lined streets. Try the b'stilla. Yum!
Chez Michel near Gare du Nord is a wonderful bistro,frequented by locals and tourists in the know. It was recommended by a Toronto cookbook author and in the Paris edition of Gourmet or Bon Appetit. As I recall they specialize in dishes from Normandy. The week we were there they were focusing on game birds from Scotland. Everything was delicious;the sauces earthy. If you like foie gras,there was an amazing appetiser,and one of the game birds was stuffed with it.My husband had a french version of ravioli that was terrific. One of the desserts is a specialty of the area - basically, eggs butter and sugar. We loved the food, and the price, especially in American funds is very reasonable. I recommend ordering off their board.
We took Parisian friends there and they have told us they now go regularly.
Another find is L'Epi Dupin , 11 Rue Dupin, 01 42 22 64 56 . You will have to reserve in advance to get in here because it has become popular - but it is good.
A small spot in a not very trendy area is Le Tire Bouchon. It is run by a husband and wife team who try hard to please. The food is inventive and again quite reasonable. You should reserve here too, as it is a popular neighborhood bistro. I suggest ordering the fixed price. Address-62 Rue des Entrepreneurs - 01 40 59 09 27.