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Paris - Looking for Smaller Resto - Mid Price - Good Food - Not touristy

vtmark Apr 2, 2012 05:51 AM

Hi -

I am staying near Les Invalides and will be in Paris for 5-6 days. I speak french but haven't been to Paris in a while.

We are looking for smaller bistro's etc, perhaps off the eaten track and more for lunch than dinner. willing to go up to Belleville, etc for the right place.

Ideally it would be a smaller chef owned resto, with no english menu, and a local crowd...

Don;t want to spend an arm and a leg...


  1. Laidback Apr 8, 2012 08:43 AM

    A place that fits your criteria and is near you is Reed on Rue Amelie. Then there is Fourchette du Printemps in the remotest part of the 17th.

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      pammi Apr 2, 2012 01:30 PM

      another French language website I like-chroniques du plasirs

      1. mangeur Apr 2, 2012 10:39 AM

        Le Bouchon et l'Assiette

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          PattyC Apr 2, 2012 07:05 AM

          We just returned recently and I posted a report here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/841915

          We went to several places that would fit that description. I would say Neva Cuisine, Au Passage, Les Saisons, Albion and La Table d'Aki. All were mostly or all locals except for us.

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          1. re: PattyC
            Parigi Apr 2, 2012 07:26 AM

            I agree on Patty's list.

            But the best way to find recs of restaurants where tourists do not have a chance of knowing would be to inquire with a French-language site.

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              vtmark Apr 2, 2012 07:45 AM

              Parigi -

              any suggestions of a french site for Paris..?

              1. re: vtmark
                Parigi Apr 2, 2012 08:19 AM

                Le Fooding guide.
                Omnivore guide.

            2. re: PattyC
              vtmark Apr 2, 2012 07:45 AM

              Patty -

              Thanks will check these out.

              1. re: vtmark
                plafield Apr 2, 2012 08:06 AM

                If you're interested in mostly lunch, you might check out John Talbott's blog. Many good places that cost less than one arm. http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/

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                  mick Apr 2, 2012 10:53 AM

                  You may get a "sense" of who's dining on a particular day or night but I don't know how anyone can look around a filled restaurant and say "were the only non locals" or nearly so. Unless your willing to go around and interview each patron and they are agreeable to that you just don't know. Yes, you may here much more french spoken but to pronounce we are the only non locals is a little, perhaps, pretentious. Its not as if the resataurants/bistros etc listed by PattyC are not known to non locals. Tourist, I guess that would be me find these places out, however unfortunate that is to some.

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              ElizabethS Apr 2, 2012 06:05 AM

              We really enjoyed L'Affriole last year - in the 7th. Pics on our blog here....


              Last year lunch was 27E

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                vtmark Apr 2, 2012 07:45 AM

                Elizabeth -

                Looks good, I will also check out, thanks....

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