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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 Comédie - 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 http://www.fermestsimon.com/en/ and La Petite Chaise offers wonderful onion soup and traditional cooking. http://www.alapetitechaise.fr/english... 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.


            2. Hmmmm, the impression that I got from your original post was that you were looking for something typically Paris, which is, after all, about tourism and history. If what you're looking for is a really good restaurant that is also affordable and would appeal to a foodie, then check out La Gare, 19 Chaussée de la Muette, in the 16ème arrondissement.

              The beauty of going to the 16ème is that it offers some of the most beautiful views, streetfronts, and people. It is one of Paris' wealthiest neighbourhoods, but there are many very reasonably priced restaurants. I have spent many visits staying at small bed and breakfast-type hotels in the area and the metro service from Passy-La Muette makes it very accessible.

              As for lunches, skip the restaurants. Instead head into a local boulangerie or grocery chain. They offer baguette sandwiches among other things. You can grab a jambon-fromage (ham and cheese) and munch on it so that you don't miss any of the sightseeing.

              PS. It's Saint Germain (no e).

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              1. re: cat7

                Thanks cat7. Skipping restaurants at lunch is probably just what we'll do....or perhaps just some ice-cream (I remember some wonderful ice-cream.....................!!)