Boston chowhound in Paris (mini- report ... procrastinated)
I've been meaning to post this since March - hope it's helpful!
With help from the Chowhound France board and a few books, one of the major goals of our two week vacation in Paris was to eat ourselves silly. Luckily we were near the rue Monge in the 5eme and had a small apartment with kitchen. We came a little late to the amazingly flaky buttery croissants of Pascal Pinaud on the rue Monge, but once found, we had them nearly every morning. We'd noticed the pastries before and kept a steady stream of them coming and the tradi was also quite tasty. A nearby charcuterie, market and in a pinch, Franprix gave us a good base.
The my coffeehound mom found her fix at le Cactus on rue Linne. Good coffee and friendly service kept her going back, along with the fun of watching the neighborhood stop by for morning coffees.
For going out, the budget wasn't high but we were able to get some fine meals in. Creperie Pot O' Lait just off rue Monge had crispy, tasty galettes and tender crepes. We went back for a flambee.
We managed to stop in at the last day of the Foire Agricole and looked at cows and sheep and ate some tasty duck foie and tasted fine cognac.
Maoz felafel on rue St. Andre des Arts hit the spot at least 3 times - Though it's an international chain, we were happy to find good falafel!
5 Saveurs D'Anada in the Mouffetard area for the Vegetarian - not super exciting, but lots of veggies and some interesting textures to the tofu/seitan/tempeh trio
The Omnivores made it to the Biche au Bois on rue Rollu. It's a bustling little place that is only open for dinner on weekdays. My coq au vin was gamier than my DC's duck and it was all good. My ile flottant was the best I'd ever had - so light and moist. 2 menus and a bottle of wine was well under 100 euros.
Jardin des Pates in our neighborhood (rue Lacipede) hit the spot for the Vegetarian with the rice noodles and tofu, but the chestnut noodles that came with the duck entree were cardboard-like. The appetizers were good crudites.
Pulcinella in Montmartre was suggested by Clotildes Edible Adventures, but the pasta was heavy if tasty and one DC did not like her peas. The waitress didn't seem to want us there anyway - even before the pea incident...
Maceo was the end of vacation blowout that kept all 3 diners happy. Great food and service in a spacious dining room. The Vegetarian enjoyed the "menu vert" and the Omnivores enjoyed their foie (among many other tasty treats)
Merci, Paris! and les Chowhounds