Chez Paul-12th arrondissement

A fixture since the 20s most of the classic seasonal bistro dishes are available including pot au feu, tete de veau, rognons, civet de sanglier, lapin and boeuf bourgignon.


It was a wet and blustery day that screamed for pot au feu and a hug from Valerie.

I was accompanied by my Chicago pal, Bob Glaser and over glasses of Cotes du Rhone we delighted in the boiled beef, vegetables and bone marrow that we spread on baguettes and generously salted with sel de Guerande.

Normally this would have been enough but a calvados and coffee delivered sufficient warmth to face the elements. Chez Paul never disappoints.

You can start with a sharable order of the house paté or rillette de lapin and if you want to save a few euros for a calvados the pichets of house wines are eminently drinkable. I enjoy the Cotes du Rhone.

Steve and Joan were in town from San Francisco and we took the chill off a particularly ugly day with a generous steak au poivre and pommes de terres dauphinois. We skipped the cheese course but relished 3 beautiful profiteroles bathed in chocolate sauce.


A lively place especially for a weekend lunch on a rainy day like today when regulars and families abound.

13 rue de Charonne (at rue de Lappe), Paris 75011
Metro: Bastille

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