Monday, May 5, 2008

Restaurant Bouillon Racine

You will need no help finding an expensive restaurant in Paris, so I will limit my dining recommendations to modestly priced establishments.

Located a few steps west of Blvd. St-Michel at 3, rue Racine, this 1906 brasserie is known for its historic Art Neauveau decór. A “bouillon” was a sort of worker’s canteen, popular in Paris in the early 20th century, meant to serve workers who could not return to their homes for meals. Bouillon Racine is decidedly upscale these days, serving traditional French brasserie fare. Jazz evenings are offered the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Menu in English.
€15.5 lunch menu M-F: starter+main or main+dessert (noon to 2:30)
€29 menu every day lunch/dinner: starter+main+dessert (noon-2:30 and 7-11 pm)
2:30-7 pm tea room menu
Tel : 01 44 32 15 60; A/C; groups accepted; credit cards
3, rue Racine; Metro: Odéon or Cluny-La Sorbonne
Note: At this same address writer George Sand rented an apartment in 1860 (she was 56 years old at the time). Next door, at #5, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow took up residence in 1826, while studying at the Sorbonne a few blocks away.

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