La gratinée des Halles
The other name of the famous onion soup! Consumed in large quantities by the workers of the Halles, aka the belly of Paris, it is a great classic of the culinary heritage of Paris.
Simple and comforting.
La tête de veau à la Gaillarde
The calf's head at La Gaillarde Tasted especially in the district of La Villette, the calf's head at La Gaillarde (also called today sauce gribiche) was served because close to the big slaughterhouses. Head, tongue, brain, everything is served, with this inimitable sauce made from mustard, boiled eggs, capers, parsley and pickles.
La langouste à la parisienne
The crawfish at the Parisian Way Here, the lobster is served cold with mayonnaise, with a macedonia of vegetables, boiled eggs, lettuce and artichoke bottoms.
Le potage Saint-Germain
The soup Saint-Germain L'ile de France, vegetable land, produced in the past large quantities of peas. Prepared with peas, bacon and onions, the soup Saint-Germain is still prepared today under the name more common pea soup split.
Le hachis parmentier
Shepherd's pie, Famous dish based on mashed potatoes and minced meat, the piehole was created by the famous Antoine Parmentier under Louis XVI, a time when the potato was however decried, because it was believed that it transmitted diseases ... Today, it is one of the most popular dishes of young and old!
Le sauté de veau chasseur
The hungry veal sauté Slowly cooked with white wine, tomatoes and Paris mushrooms, the veal fillet was highly appreciated by Parisians!
5 Historic Paris Bistros You're Going To Remember
1. Le Chardenoux – 1908
On the menu are old bistro favorites with modern twists like foie gras with toasted brioche, scallops with chorizo, organic beef burgers with bacon, house-made frites, and a bevy of French classic desserts like baba au rhum, moelleux, pain perdu with pears. If the interior is filled, there are twenty outdoor tables — on the sidewalk, Parisian style.
1 Rue Jules Valles 11th Arrondissement, Paris
2. Drouant – 1880
This is the place to seek out when you crave a classic Parisian meal. Think les poireaux en vinaigrette (sautéed leeks with vinaigrette), or steak tartare, or foie gras, or frog's legs, long-simmered lamb, thick slabs of grilled Charolais beef, and hearty patés. Founded in 1880 by Charles Drouant, an Alsatian who came to the big city to seek his future, where he opened a bar tabac, a modern concept at the time. Quickly, his reputation grew as he turned out beautiful plates of fresh oysters (his brother was an oyster farmer in Brittany).
16-18 Place Gaillon, 2nd Arrondissement, Paris
3. Bouillon Chartier – 1896
Salade frisée aux lardons, herring with waxy yellow potatoes, endive salad with Roquefort cheese, hardboiled eggs with mayonnaise, roast chicken, tête de veau, choucroute Alsacienne. And for dessert? Creme de marron (chestnut), peach melba, apple compote, or our personal fave, prunes in wine with vanilla ice cream. It's got to be the best bargain in Paris; entrées start at €2, plats under €10, and unbelievably, desserts at €3.
The sturdy wooden chairs and tables are packed tight. Red and white checker tablecloths are the only adornment. Middle-aged men in classic black and white uniforms deliver efficient and brusque service.
7 rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 9th Arrondissement, Paris
4. L'Escargot – 1832
A listed Paris heritage site, you can't miss the golden giant snail that sits above the bistro's awning. Located on the semi-pedestrian food street Rue Montorgueil, L'Escargot has been serving up luscious butter and parsley escargots since the Second Empire. As you would expect, the menu offers a plethora of escargots — traditional (butter and parley), black truffle, foie gras, 24 carats (extra butter), and with curry & roquefort. But it's not just about the escargots, you can also order sardines, caviar, foie gras, and classic French beef, lamb and fish plats.
38 Rue Montorgueil, 1st Arrondissement, Paris
5. La Tour de Montlherey – Chez Denise
If you're in search of classic Parisian bistro experience that has not changed in a hundred years, this is the place. It's busy around the clock with an eclectic mix of clientele, all served by efficient, no-nonsense servers who manage to run, flirt, and smile despite the rush.
To start, order the escargots bathed in golden garlic butter or a salade frisée with crunchy, homemade croutons, and a warm, runny egg on top. Follow this with tripe au Calvados (if you're an adventurous eater), or grilled veal chops and frites, all washed down with the house Brouilly wine. Reservations are essential.
5 Rue des Prouvaires, 1st Arrondissement, Paris Tel: 01 42 36 21 82