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Nov 8, 2013 02:07 PM

Tuesday lunch near Marche Raspail

Looking for comfort food near the market...looking to spend the day in/around Bon Marche Epicerie and the blvd Raspail.....For background: My first choices for my other days in Paris: La Cuisine de Phillipe, La Fontaine de Mars, Brasserie Flottes, Le Tournebievre, Le Souffle, and l'Ambassade d'Auvergne....Souffles, Sausage & Aligot, and Cassoulets....
Also....would prefer not having to make a reservation, if possible.

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  1. Josephine Chez Dumonet.

    1. Why are you heading there on Tuesday? OK there is a market but the Bio market is on Sunday, the Tuesday market is pretty standard. Bon Marche is good (and has food outlets) and is worth a trip but I am not certain the area warrants a day trip (even if you include the Rodin museum)

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      1. re: PhilD

        Fish...thank you; but JCD will be a dinner one of our nights there....

        Phil....Given a choice, I would rather spend the Sunday in Le Marais, so Tuesday was the only option (assuming that I would like to experience the market)....kind of just liking the whole area and using the market as a frame of reference...

        1. re: VegasGourmet

          Better suggestion then, go to Marche Richard Lenoir on Sunday morning - its bigger and better than Tuesday Raspail and then walk back into the Marais for lunch and people watching.

          Also wise to remember Paris isn't big so easy to move between areas, for example I used to live close the Raspail and would walk to Lenoir for my groceries on Sunday, then meander back grabbing lunch on the way.

          1. re: PhilD

            Thank you Phil...Bus #96 to Saint-Claude to the market, then double back to the Marais....Perhaps I'll just use the Marche Raspail as a walk to Luxembourg Gardens and the Pantheon.

      2. "Le Souffle,"
        Since you're already eating at one souffle place that takes La Cigale Recamier out of contention.
        On the rue Saint Beuve are three places: the best is Moustache (Invictus next and Le Timbre OK if you don't mind someone else's elbow in your soup). But all require reservations.

        1. Too bad Le Soufflé is already on your list because La Cigale-Récamier on the rue Récamier off the rue de Sèvres would have been a great pitstop for less touristy and superior albeit pricey soufflés in a delightful setting before or after a shopping expedition to Bon Marché.

          Your preferences seem to be in a pretty narrow band of trad French. I dunno how long you will be in Paris but a little diversion into ethnic or more modern/ lighter French cuisine might be worth considering. For lunch after the Marché Raspail, you can follow the locals to Le Tourne-Bouchon on the bd Raspail near Rennes métro for some couscous. For a big cutesy factor and great desserts but limited options for a full lunch, it's the salon de thé Mamie Gâteaux on the rue du Cherche Midi. For an excellent no-rezzie neo-bistro with a fab price-quality ratio, it's Café Trama on the rue du Cherche Midi @ rue Jean-Ferrandi for a plate of lemon-ginger giant shrimp or beef tartare. For a brunchie lunch, it's the very good Colorova on the rue l'Abbe-Grégoire near Saint-Placide métro. For an excellent hot or cold sandwich, it's Cuisine de Bar on the first lower-number stretch of the rue du Cherche-Midi
          For updated classics with a (slight) Japanese touch, I'd try Le Petit Verdot on the rue du Cherche-Midi... very much a bistro du quartier with lots of local regulars and the odd sprinkling of (mostly Japanese) tourists. For a place reeking of the traditional and authentic (and, of course, long discovered by the tourist guides), Au Pied de Fouet on the rue de Babylone @ rue Vaneau (10-min walk from Marché Raspail and Bon Marché). Or, if you want somewhere closer, you can play restaurant roulette in search of your cuisine bourgeoise fix on the rue du Cherche-Midi between the rues Dupin and l'Abbé-Grégoire where there is a cluster of bistro du quartier type places... but I haven't tried any for years and suspect that some of the dishes are not entirely "fait maison" (which doesn't necessarily mean that the food is bad).

          1pm is peak lunch time so you should be able to find a table for an earlier of later meal without waiting and without rezzies. Some of the restos do however stop taking orders at 2pm.

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            1. re: Parnassien

              Actually, Parnassien...I was thinking of being somewhat "piggy" with soufflés and doing La Cigale for a dinner (which would then make 3 soufflé meals...also La Cuisine de Phillipe....)
              As for the more creative fare....that's for my second trip to Paris...this one is more homogenious (but not genius). Perhaps, I am somewhat "anti-chowhound" for this "bucket-list trip"....BUT, seeking opinions from people like yourself and JT who are far more seasoned/experienced than I about more simple and basic dishes can be enlightening

              1. re: VegasGourmet

                Well since the Youngster (Parnassien) & I agree on La Cigale-Récamier, go for it, and BTW, if it's light go to the end of the alley to the park-let I think is the best in Paris and sit and chill out and if really light go to the l'Espace Fondation EDF next door which often has cool exhibitions.
                As for a "bucket-list trip"....[with] more simple and basic dishes, that sends a chill up my old pre-senile, cranky twisted spine. It's kind of impossible to cross-check that against your "anti-chowhound" DNA. I mean - here, people keep singing the praises of Chez L'Ami Jean, Josephine Chez Dumonet, le Cinq, Maceo, etc. (with good reason) as much as Spring, Frenchie and Septime, (with good reason) so what exactly might you be searching for?
                The original Regalade, Ceriserie, Chez Jenny, l'Auberge Pyrenees/etc.?
                I think we're interested, if not in the idea of a bucket-list trip, in what would be an example of an "anti-chowhound" place serving "comfort food" slash "more simple and basic dishes".

                1. re: John Talbott

                  JT...I respond to "purity" "Grandma is in the kitchen on Sunday morning getting dinner ready"...perhaps "farm to table" in wine from the village. Remember that first great bowl of "chowdah" you had in New England?...For me, that was well over 50 years ago and I still remember it.
                  So, yes, I believe that "chill up the spine" can be just requires a different "set of standards"...