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Apr 22, 2011 05:16 AM

Help Us With Three memorable dinners please!

My husband and I will be in Paris for three nights in late June (Wed. Thurs and Fri night) and have not been there for many many years. We don't want to spend a fortune but we would love some small, NOT fancy, NOT touristy restaurant suggestions for these three nights. We don't speak French but are well-traveled foodies. We tend to eat on the early side (age and health) and are not afraid of the Metro but don't want to travel too far at night. (staying in St. Germaine area) THANKS! (feel free to throw in suggestions for casual lunch - don't eat huge lunches....too much to see!)

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  1. Why not try le Procope at 13 rue de l'Ancienne Com├ędie - 75006 PARIS? It is the oldest restaurant in Paris and full of charm. Not too expensive and the onion soup is a treat. It's open from 11:30 a.m. until midnight.


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    1. re: cat7

      Thanks for the suggestion but from all I read (although it sounds historically charming) this one caters to sightseers and tourists! Perhaps we'll have soup there one day for lunch!

      1. re: nancizim

        Let us get this straight, you want to eat early, when all the other tourists do as well, but don't want to see any fellow tourists. Even as you hang out in Tourist Central and require the wait staff to be conversant in English or provide you with a menu in English. Good luck.

        1. re: Oakglen

          Excuse me but I didn't stay we needed to EAT in St. Germaine...just that we happen to be staying there. No problem with the Metro and no problem using a dictionary. But thanks for your kind input.

    2. Le Quincy, for authentic regional cuisine in the type setting that has almost completely disappeared in Paris.

      1. Cafe Constant (rue St. Domnique 139, in the 7th) is informal and has great food at reasonable prices. No reservations, but arriving early that should not be a problem. We also love Au Bon Accueil, in rue Monttessuy 14, also in the 7th.

        1. La Ferme Saint-Simon, you will love and La Petite Chaise offers wonderful onion soup and traditional cooking. Both tick all your boxes!

            1. re: uhockey

              Thanks everyone for suggestions. uhockey, did you write about that one on your blog? Archives?
              (couldn't find anything) CLARIFICATION: We are sleeping in St. Germaine area but don't need restaurants in that area ---- (we know it's touristy!) So please don't limit yourselves to that!

              1. re: nancizim

                I'm backlogged on my writing by about a month - Paris and NYC - but regardless I had a great meal there with my sister, it was $42EU a person, and they treated us like regulars.