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Bob Loblaw Jun 3, 2008 08:00 AM

Hi All-

As I continue my planning... I'm looking for places in Paris that have very good food, traditional is fine, but that aren't particularly stuffy.
Price is an issue, but I am also trying to pack as light as possible for the trip.
I'll probably be wearing the shoes that you can see at the bottom of the post. I.e. not straight-up running shoes, but not something that i can wear to fancier places.

Souphie, if you're reading this - didn't you post something about a bisto that you particularly liked, that was relatively informal (not elysees du vernet, in any case) , the kind w/the daily specials on the ardoise, etc.

in any case, for anyone, i'm open to suggestions.

  1. souphie Jun 6, 2008 05:31 AM

    The best food at bistrot prices are Chez l'Ami Jean and La Régalade. By far. Many other good places but those stand out.

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    1. re: souphie
      Bob Loblaw Jun 6, 2008 08:44 AM

      La Régalade was the one i was thinking of - Thanks! - just made the reservation.

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      whatsfordinner Jun 3, 2008 12:46 PM

      Just back from Paris. Our favorite bistro was Cafe des Musees in the Marais (49 rue de Turenne). It's friendly and casual, reasonably priced and the food is absolutely delicious.

      More dressy (but I think your shoes would be fine as the owner was in jeans) and more expensive (two 3-course meals and a bottle of wine - about 100E) is Le Pamphlet, also in the Marais (38 rue Debelleyme). Three dishes I still dream about: gnocchi with escargots and pesto, sea bream over potatoes, and pork over lentils.

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      1. re: whatsfordinner
        patz Jun 4, 2008 12:56 AM

        I second Cafe des Musees - I live right around the corner from it, and I'm surprised it's not mentioned more often. They have a great lunch special (13.50 for an entree and plat), and a regular dinner special (which I think is around 20-25 euros), both of which change daily.

        1. re: patz
          Bob Loblaw Jun 4, 2008 03:31 AM

          is this someplace where i'd need a reservation? (for lunch or dinner?)

          1. re: Bob Loblaw
            whatsfordinner Jun 4, 2008 08:35 AM

            I would make a reservation.

            1. re: whatsfordinner
              patz Jun 4, 2008 10:09 AM

              I've never made one, and I've never had a problem - it can't hurt, though - their number is 01 42 72 96 17

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