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Au Pied de Cochon in Les Halles--worth a visit?

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My husband is intrigued by the 4AM french onion soup at Au Pied de Cochon. We hopefully won't be as drunk as I was in my early 20s during my previous visits and I really don't remember if the restaurant was any good or just famous.
We're in Paris for a limited time so I don't want to waste it tracking down mediocre food. For reference, I make my own onion soup at home and am really satisfied with my recipe--we live in SFand I found that Thomas Keller's Bouchon creation was very blah as is Cafe des Amis'.
Has anyone been there recently? Is it tacky?
I know it's cheesy (pun intended!) but we really like onion soup and if you have a recommendation for something open next week please share.
Thanks.

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  1. As ptipois has said, there is a real dearth of good onion soup in Paris currently. OTOH, pulling the brass trotters as door handles at APdC still gives you and entry to an older time, and while not as good as past times, the place is still pretty neat. After the soup go 200 yards away to Chez Denise for the rest of the meal latenight weekdays.

    1. "We're in Paris for a limited time so I don't want to waste it tracking down mediocre food. For reference, I make my own onion soup at home"

      In that case, don't waste your time. Onion soup is better home made, in SF or in Paris. And, if you must do the Irma La Douce Les Halles pilgrimage (but please don't), OS is a cold-night kind of trip and not a balmy summer thAng.

      1. cross the road to Au Chat Noir... if only for dessert (tarte tatin or mouse). APDC was 'ok' if i recall correctly.

        1. Au Pied de Cochon has become a truly horrid touristy place with terrible food and very rude service, I wouldn't be caught dead in it so there is nothing to recommend really. Better go to Chez Denise right away.

          As Parigi says, I am sure there's more good onion soup in SF than anywhere in Paris right now. Besides, it is a Winter dish.