Batignolles for lunch
I'm looking for a good place for lunch in the Batignolles area. Not too touristy please.
Mercifully the trendy but occasionally frayed-at-the-edges Batignolles quartier is usually ignored by tourists. Although all three are a bit removed from the prime hang-out areas around the Square des Batignolles/ Eglise Sainte-Marie des Batignolles, my faves du moment are Le Bouchon et l'Assiette (Basque cuisine) on the rue Cardinet, Le Vieux Moutarde on the rue Saussures, and Atao (seafood specialist) on the rue Lemercier. A little closer to the Square des Batignolles, Comme Chez Maman on the rue des Moines @ rue Truffaut is impossible not to like. The ultra-cool kids congregate at Le Garde Robe-Batignolles on the rue Bridaine but lunch is a rather limited-choice deal. If you want cutesy and classic, Le Tout Petit on the place du Docteur Félix Lobligeois / rue des Moines. Google to see which one appeals the most.
re: John Talbott
Not sure if this helps but we went to Atao during Mother's Day for dinner. It was excellent. My wife wants to go back. Prolly pricey for that neighborhood but maybe lunch is cheaper. And they speak English if you need. One of the best cold seafood platters we have had. And they specialize in oysters.