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May 19, 2013 10:27 AM

Something near opera/Madeleine/vendome?

We'll be in this area tomorrow and my wife would like to find a place nearby with a respectable croque Monsieur. I'm not having the best of luck with my internettery at the moment and would appreciate any suggestions. Merci!

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  1. It's a very difficult quartier... very short on real life. If you don't mind overpaying (which is inevitable in this neighbourhood), the croque monsieur at le Castiglione on the rue St-Honoré near the place Vendôme is probably your best bet.

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    1. re: Parnassien

      Kind of what I expected. Any better prospects if I stretch the area over towards Les Halles?

      1. re: gromit

        The problem is that croque monsieur belongs to the No-Big-Deal genre. A croque can range from bad to ok. It is something locals eat on the run. It is "do" food, as in: this'll do. I certainly don't even remember the ok ones. A couple of bad ones do stand out. There is no such thing as a croque that makes one want to cross town for. I'd be hard put to come up with a recommendation even if you widened the area to the entire Paris, and you want a recommendation for just an arrondissement or two.

        1. re: Parigi

          Sure, I get that. We've had a string of cross-town-for-it type meals, and my wife's in the mood for something simpler. And, well... That's where we'll be tomorrow. I'm not looking for the city's best, just hoping to avoid an expensive letdown.

          1. re: gromit

            If you abandon the croque monsieur urge, maybe le Comptoir Baulois on the rue Godot de Mauroy sorta between la Madeleine and 'lOpéra might work. It's very small and relatively charming épicerie/ salon de thé/ resto specializing in the products and cooking of la Baule/ southern Brittany... nothing will be terribly familiar to her but it is relatively simple cooking... get there at noon to snag a table and save room for the impossibly decadent deserts.

            1. re: Parnassien

              "my wife's in the mood for something simpler."
              Why not Le Mesturet serving decent brasserie-y fare in a funky old-fashioned setting?

      2. re: Parnassien

        The bar area at le Castiglione and Chez Flottes (the Croque Imperial is a personal favorite) serves throughout the day. Popular spots for the local workers in this pricey neighborhood.

      3. I too would drop the Croque idea and go say to L'Ecume St Honore for oysters.

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        1. re: John Talbott

          Wonderful suggestion, but we were there Friday.

          1. re: gromit

            Best baguette sandwiches in the area at Le Petit Vendôme, in the very heart of the Opéra neighborhood. With plenty of Auvergne charcuteries and a big waiting like at lunch hour.

            The closest you can find to your ideal of a croque-monsieur, a specialty about which the best that can be said is that it is not worse around Opéra as it is anywhere else.

        2. Papparazzi in the Square de l'opera -Louis Jouvet. it is a hidden gem in that exact area. A bit hard to find,so bring a map but a quiet oasis in all the activity of that neighborhood. They have light as a handkerchief pizzas,so large they have to be served on two plates. lots of other choices too,but the pizza is so divine I can't get away from it..It's full of Parisian businessmen and women. I suggest you get there slightly on the early side.

          1. To update, lunch plans fell apart altogether, but dinner was at Pirouette, so all is good. Perhaps a croque Monsieur still awaits in the future.