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The original 'Les Halles'

Puffin3 Oct 3, 2013 07:58 AM

I found this old photo in an old coffee table book titled 'Lost Europe'. Thought some of you may be interested knowing where the restaurant name origination from.
Any one else have similar 'foodie' esoterica?

  1. bagelman01 Oct 3, 2013 01:48 PM

    Back in the late 60s and very early 70s it was our place to go after 2am when leaving a Paris nightspot for FRENCH ONION SOUP....the absolute best I have ever eaten

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    1. re: bagelman01
      greygarious Oct 3, 2013 02:33 PM

      In case you don't know, the Cook's Illustrated take on FOS is based on the Les Halles version, and the article explains the repeated reduce/deglaze process by which the original was made. (The CI version takes shortcuts.)

      1. re: greygarious
        bagelman01 Oct 3, 2013 04:02 PM

        The particular stallkeeper whose soup we favored explained that is was almost a pot au feu, as he always had a cauldron going and continually added to it. I often wondered how many years the mother/starter soup had been on the fire.

    2. carolinadawg Oct 3, 2013 08:18 AM

      Did you mean to attach the picture?

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      1. re: carolinadawg
        Puffin3 Oct 3, 2013 11:49 AM

        Sorry about that. 'She who must be obeyed' distracted me. LOL

        1. re: Puffin3
          pikawicca Oct 3, 2013 12:08 PM

          I imagine I'm not the only Hound who visited before it was torn down.

          1. re: pikawicca
            boredough Oct 3, 2013 12:19 PM

            My first trip to Paris was in 1970 but I don't remember seeing it then. (Wikipedia claims it wasn't dismantled until 1971.) However I can still visualize a nearby food shop called "Halles Capone". :-)

            1. re: boredough
              Bkeats Oct 3, 2013 01:30 PM

              Never saw the original as I'm too young. Been in the area many times. Looked like a giant construction site the last time I was there. My favorite place to eat in the area is La Tour Montlhéry - Chez Denise. Ridiculously large portions of great bistro food and wonderful house wine.

              ETA: And the frites..endless plates of frites

              1. re: Bkeats
                Delucacheesemonger Oct 4, 2013 08:29 AM

                l was fortunate to see it, and if you want a good view rent the movie 'A Very Long Engagement' Jodie Foster's role is that of a standholder at Les Halles around the first World War, very accurate re-enactment.

                Went to Chez Denise last night and it indeed was as wonderful as ever.

                1. re: Delucacheesemonger
                  Bkeats Oct 4, 2013 11:03 AM

                  DCM, I envy your lifestyle.

          2. re: Puffin3
            bagelman01 Oct 3, 2013 01:50 PM

            Rumpole would have never eaten French Food willingly........

            1. re: bagelman01
              Puffin3 Oct 4, 2013 07:15 AM

              Very very clever! Gold Star!
              But he may have enjoyed the 'claret'

              1. re: bagelman01
                Delucacheesemonger Oct 4, 2013 08:30 AM

                Nor would 'She who must be obeyed'

                1. re: Delucacheesemonger
                  bagelman01 Oct 4, 2013 12:21 PM


              2. re: Puffin3
                Bill Hunt Oct 3, 2013 08:42 PM

                Many of us understand, and completely!

                A few might refer to HER as "the jobjar queen," or some other, very affectionate term.


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