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Restaurants That Sound Interesting - Whimsical Gourmet

Okay - it's just a list and many of these came from the book, The Whimsical Gourmet's Guide to Paris: The Non-Definitive Guide to Dining, Sightseeing, and Good Old Fashioned Mischief. He used to have a website, www.whimsicalgourmet.com but it appears defunct and the book was published in 2002, so take the reccomendations with a grain of salt.

He uses a letter scale:

  • A+ The Best
  • A Outstanding
  • A- or B+ Very Good
  • B Good
  • B- or C+ Enjoyable
  • C Satisfactory.

    I culled the list down based upon budget and what sounded interesting to me.

    This one isn't from the Whimsical Gourmet; Ann from HI sent it to me. Spring

Here are some others though by Arrondissement:

1st Arrondissement
Willi's Wine Bar
13 Rue des Petits-Champs
01.42.61.05.09 (from WG, B for food A for wine)

2nd Arrondisment
Aux Lyonnais
32 Rue St. Marc
Tel. 01.42.96.65.04.
From WG: B for food, "The pates are homemade and as good as any you will find in the city." Dinner between €24 and €30; lunch around €14.
Closed Sundays, August

Cafe Runtz
16 Rue Favart
Tel: 01.42.96.69.98
From WG: B for food, Alsation food (e.g., onion tart, foie gras, excellent white wines.) Fixed price menu includes small app, main course, dessert and a demi of wine - €19.

Pierre a la Fontaine Gaillon
1 Place Gaillon
Tel: 01.42.65.87.04
From WG: B+ food, closed Saturdays. "They do all the classics ranging from lobster bisque, confit de carnard, and a fabulous beef stroganoff."
Ouch from Kim, this one is expensive though.

3rd Arrondissement
Ambassade d'Auvergne
22 Rue du Grenier-Saint Lazare
Tel: 01.42.72.31.22
From WG: B+ food. Covers Auvergne region of France, cabbage soup, sausage, coq au vin, apple gratin. dinner €30 to €38 (with wine), €23 to €30 for lunch. They also have a fixed price.

Chez Nenesse
17 rue Saintonge
Tel: 01.42.78.46.49
From WG: Food - B - classical French (veal and stuffed figs, onion soup, duck salad). Weekday price fixed at under €14. Small but interesting wine list. Dinner about €35.
Closed Saturday, Sunday, Christmas, August
Doug Phillips also reviewed this place on slowtrav: Chez Nenesse Review

4th Arrondissement

Berthillon - Ice Cream, need I say more
31 rue Saint Louis en Ile

5th Arrondissement

Chez Toutoune
5 Rue de Pontoise
Tel: 01.43.26 56.81
Provencal Bistro
From WG: weekday lunch/dinner €22 and €33 fixed price. Food - B

l'Equitable
1 Rue Fosses-St. Michel
Tel: 43.31.69.20
From WG: Food - B
Closed Sundays, Mondays and August

6th Arrondissement

Jean Pierre Carton - pastries - need I say more.
6 Rue de Buci

La Derniere Goutte
6 rue de Bourbon le Chateau
Wine Shop (I think this is run by the same guy that owns Fish).

7th Arrondissement

Au Sauvignon
80 Rue des Saint-peres
Tel: 01.45.48.49.02
Closed Sundays
Wine Bar

11th Arrondissement

Astier
44 Rue Jean Pierre Timbaud
Tel: 43.57.16.35
From WG: B+, Closed August; Dinner prx fix at €22. Call for reservations. Bistro.
Sounds good to me.

I have other scattered recommendations around which I'm going to get and of course update my Paris notebook with but I wanted to put this somewhere while I had a moment.

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