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elephant_mcgee Apr 19, 2012 06:13 AM

A friend of mine is travelling through Paris on a Sunday, and we're planning on getting lunch or brunch. I've had a look at a few of the other relevant Chowhounds threads (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/785093, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/699601, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/699601), but Sunday tends to be a bit of an anomaly in Paris and none of the threads covered that.

He'll be leaving via Gare de Lyon, so we thought we'd try to eat near there. He'll have luggage, but if a place is sufficiently good we could probably widen our radius for it.

He doesn't want to spend too much (says that 40 euros would be too much). I'm guessing that doesn't include wine (which I'm guessing we won't be ordering, so shouldn't be a factor).

Recommendations?

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    Debbie from Valley Village Apr 19, 2012 06:20 AM

    Well, of course there's Le Train Bleu. It's in the Gare de Lyon. I know is probably very expensive now but absolutely stunning. If you google it you'll see what I mean. Haven't been there in many years but it's a landmark for a good reason. And it's in a train station!

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      phillamb168 Apr 19, 2012 07:30 AM

      If he's into beer, L'Express du Lyon is across the street and has what is probably the best beer selection in Paris. Craig Allen, Mikkeller, Brew Dog, and of course Belgians including Cantillon. The prices are super reasonable, the cheapest you will find in the area for sure, around 4 eur for a pint.

      Food-wise, they do omelettes and that sort of thing, prices are really reasonable, about 6 eur for the omelette, 1.10 for coffee at the bar, 1.20 for pain au chocolat if they have them.

      Downside, it is a PMU (for now - that's going away soon) so you get the occasional weirdo. However, that's life, and the service is usually pretty good at the bar.

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        elephant_mcgee Apr 22, 2012 03:09 PM

        Thanks! We ended up going to L'Européen:
        http://www.l-europeen.com/
        This was one of two places near the station aside from Train Bleu (which my friend thought was a bit too expensive) that's open Sundays, and it seemed to have slightly higher reviews than the other (Aux Cadrans). Despite this, it wasn't as crowded as I was worried it would be.

        My friend felt it was about what he expected for the money (90 euros with the 10% tip I think is standard here for a party of 3). I thought the food was good, but nothing that exciting. I had a choukroute, which I'd never had before, and thought was tasty and different. The fish was cooked nicely. They also seem to know how to deal with train passengers. They let you book online, and have a baggage check, and let you leave it there for an hour after you've left.

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