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In Paris, Need Casual Recom. for the 6th

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I will be here for 4 weeks, and have my list of all the restaurants we want to hit this time. Unfortunately another couple that will be with us for a week or so, do not share our enthusiasm for French food, nor their prices, and we would like to find some nicer (non-touristy) casual and lower priced bistros/restaurant in the 6th, near St. Sulpice if possible, where I can take them.

I am eagerly awaiting our breakaway to begin on my list

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  1. Le Comptoir or Fish could make them change their mind. Close and inexpensive and quite good. Les fontaines is further from touristic area. Also Louis Vin.

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    1. re: souphie

      Thank you for your reply to my request for restaurants in Paris. Last night I ate at Jadis in the 15th and thought it was good, but not great. The diners were all Americans. I hope this isn't the kiss of death for this bistro. Today, I ate at Les Terrines at 97 Rue de Cherche Midi in the Bon Marche neighborhood. The people who run the restaurant were very sympatique and the food was reasonable and good. Again, the food was good, but not great.

      Enofile/ December 27, 2008

      1. re: enofile

        sad to say, I think it's probably harder to get a great meal in Paris at this time of year, as so many places are closed and chefs are away, even if their places are open.

        If I were trying to eat well dining out this particular week, I would try to stick close to the Marais and hotel restaurants.

    2. Rotisserie en Face, a sibling of Jacques Cagna, is wonderful and reasonable (as Paris goes these days).

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      1. re: Mark Sarvas

        I found a trip there very disappointing a year ago as compared to my experiences in the past. Maybe the kitchen has improved ... I sure hope so! I used to love that place.

      2. while in the 5th (not the 6th) try Le Petit Pontoise. It will meet their $ wants and your food desires.

        1. Huiterie Regis near Mabillon metro is the size of a closet, but great look, oysters, and wine

          1. You might like to try Les Chapentiers on rue Mabillon (quite close to San Surplice) It is a wonderful traditional bistro with a good prix fixe and daily plats that are famous. I second the reco. for Le Comptoir and La Rotisserie d'en Face (it was the second restaurant, I ate in, in Paris).

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            1. re: faijay

              I love Les Charpentiers - didn't get a chance to eat there last visit b/c of the transportation strike.

            2. Aux Fins Gourmets on St.-Germain (heading toward the rue Duc du Saint-Simon). Not touristy; a little rude. But fanastic roast chicken and duck w/ frites, and I hear great things about the gigot.

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              1. re: 18eme

                AFG is a quirkly little place, but unpretentious and good, and NOT touristy at all. They bring the gigot and carve it tableside, so you can indicate if the cuts, if you like.

              2. Ze Kitchen Galerie is very good and not too expensive.

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                1. re: rrems

                  I really like La Maison du Jardin, not very often mentioned here.
                  A small, cozy, quiet neighbourhood bistrot, you'll hardly notice, when walking on Rue de Vaugirard. Ask to be seated in the front room. Lots of regulars, not overly known by tourists. Menu some 30€. Classical French cuisine.

                  27, rue de Vaugirard, 6th arr. (very near the Luxembourg Gardens)
                  01 45 48 22 31
                  Closed Sat lunch and Sunday all day.

                2. L'Epi Dupin... close by and not too expensive for the quality of the food although it does get crowded.

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                  1. re: zuriga1

                    I second L'Epi!! Wonderful food. Can't go wrong!

                  2. There is always The Frog and Princess, at 9 rue Princesse; decent beer and the food is edible. Just a short walk from St. Sulpice.

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                    1. re: Oakglen

                      I really like Chez Fernand, Rue Christine. However, I more often go to the Montparnasse branch on Blvd. Montparnasse itself (M°: Vavin). I particularly like its boeuf bourguignon. The daily specials (on the ardoise) are nice as well. Depends what you like.

                      And I do second La Rotisserie d'en Face on Rue Christine as well. Their poulet rôti with purée is delicious.

                    2. Well, if you're friends aren't too fussy about what they eat (they only serve one meal) our favorite restaurant in Paris, just on the other side of the Luxembourg Gardens, is Les Papilles.Small, informal, find out what they're serving that night, and be sure to reserve. It's also an epicerie/wine bar, so you can choose your wine from the shelves, which keeps the already low price down:

                      Les Papilles
                      30 Rue Gay-Lussac

                      1. loved Chez Maitre Paul!

                        1. Les papilles was great. One of our favorites, and very different than a typical restaurant.

                          1. If you want to stop for a cold beer that's right a cold beer drop by the Unity Bar down the street from Pompidou Centre. It's a fun place and owned by an American from NYC. It is a lesbian bar and if you are lucky they may still have cabariet for the Queens.

                            In a laid-back atmosphere, this large lesbian bar not far from the Pompidou centre is not a slave to fashion. Metal tables and chairs are set around a billiard table, and fans can join in a monthly tournament. DJ night every Friday.