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easy dinner after a looong touring day - ecole militaire/les invalides area

redhead Apr 19, 2007 06:04 PM

Can anyone suggest an easy, relaxed atmosphere bistro/brassarie type restaurant in Paris that we can walk to from our hotel after an exhausting day of touring...somewhere where we have a bit of choice (not stuck eating a full 3 courses necessarily) and can just sort of chill after running around all day..prefer non-pretentious, tasty, homey style cooking rather than true fine dining (though we will make time for this as well!) We leave at the end of May...

many thanks!

  1. Laidback Apr 26, 2007 02:21 AM

    "prefer non-pretentious, tasty, homey style cooking rather than true fine dining"...
    In the 7th, this perfectly describes Ginette Boyer's "Au Petit Tonneau" open every day lunch and dinner at 20 rue Surcouf.

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    1. re: Laidback
      redhead Apr 26, 2007 05:49 PM

      I'm making my list...thanks so much for the help so far. Can't wait to start eating!

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      Oakglen Apr 20, 2007 09:39 AM

      The last time we stayed in this area Cafe Constant, 139 rue St. Dominique, became our "hangout" spot. Informal, reasonably priced with good food and no pressure to order a full meal. Could be a good fit. Reservations not taken so go early or late; the place is quite popular with locals.

      1. ChefJune Apr 20, 2007 06:42 AM

        you didn't say where your hotel is located, so it's hard to make a recommendation.

        If you're in the 5th, I'd suggest Les Fontaines on rue Soufflot between Blvd St. Germain and rue St. Jacques.

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        1. re: ChefJune
          Dodo Apr 20, 2007 07:23 AM


          I read the required location (hotel or not) in the title... ;o)

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          Dodo Apr 19, 2007 11:09 PM

          You may want to consider Pasco, on 74, Blvd. Latour-Maubourg, with a fab view over the Invalides at night. Mediterranean cuisine. Closed Mon.

          Another one (more traditional), Le Maupertu on 94, Blvd. Latour-Maubourg. Closed Sun.

          With some luck, you can profit from the outside terrace at both places.

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