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Oct 3, 2013 07:58 AM

The original 'Les Halles'

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?

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    1. re: carolinadawg

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

      1. re: Puffin3

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

        1. re: pikawicca

          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

            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

              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.

        2. re: Puffin3

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

          1. re: bagelman01

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

            1. re: Puffin3

              Many of us understand, and completely!

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


          2. 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

              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

                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.