With the U.S. dollar continuing to weaken against the Euro, it’s getting more and more expensive to eat in Paris. Still, there are values to be had, if you know where to look, and price fixe menus - three-courses for a fixed price, drinks not included - are generally a good deal. Paris is home of the bistro, butf you are looking for something other than French food, the city boasts one of the world’s most diverse menus.
This contemporary bistro isn’t cheap, but it isn’t expensive either. The waiters are unusually friendly and the food is inventive and tasty. Be sure to try the price fixe menu, it’s a much better deal than going a la carte. It’s always crowded and noisy, so be prepared for a bit of a wait. 28 rue du Mont Thabor, Paris; # 01-42-96-28-18; METRO: Concorde
Go back in time to the 1930’s and sample comfort-food dishes from the Auvergne province in central France. The service is polite and the Art Deco interior looks original. 23 rue Bayard, Paris; # 01-47-23-46-98, METRO: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Le Pre Verre
You can get good foot at a reasonable price at this remarkable spot in the Latin Quarter. The modern French cuisine (with Asian influences) isn’t earth shattering, but the ingredients are fresh and the cooking is consistent. 8 rue Thenard, 5e, Paris; # 01-43-54-59-47; METRO: Maubert-Mutualite
Don’t let this bistro’s location fool you. It boasts friendly service, an interesting interior and good food at an affordable price. 15 rue des Panoyaux, Paris; # 01-43-58-45-45; METRO: Ménilmontant
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Karen Fawcett and Sarah Gilbert Fox of bonjourparis.com provided this extensive list of their recommended restaurants in the city.