The Fifth, that arrondissement that encompasses all of those colleges and their young minds and what remnants of the bohemian vibes left of the Latin Quarter of yore, has its own share of dining choices that range from everything touristy and high-end pricy to hipster cuisine and reasonable bargain.  Whenever we feel like something new but do not want to venture too far, we simply hop across the forgettable boulevard Saint-Michel into our neighboring borough for our next meal.
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Three Baguettes
10, rue Dante
M° Cluny - La Sorbonne

Euro - 9 to 16
One of the most sorely missed cuisine in our daily lives in Paris is Mexican – good, authentic Mexican.  Our continuing search brought us back to rue Dante where we first spotted this restaurant one night after having great Vietnamese nearby.  The place was packed when we arrived around at around 8 p.m. but we managed to score two wobbly stools by the back counter.  The atmosphere evoked memories of a dive in the Mission though not necessarily a taqueria.  Still, we held out hopes and were handsomely rewarded with the best Mexican meals we had had this side of the Atlantic.  Under shelves full of canned food (beans, jalapenos, sauces, etc.) for sale at a mark up and an assortment of themed knick-knacks hanging precariously from the ceiling, we had a deconstructed version of a burrito, pollo for Nez and carne for Riot, that tasted like the real thing.  The meat, cheese, and beans were wrapped in the tortilla but the guacamole, sour cream, rice, and salsa sat outside on the plate.  Different, surely, but they were tasty nevertheless once consumed together.  We were upgraded to window stools when they became available and Nez commented just how nice our moderate sized meals were; the burritos themselves were just about five inches long.  We left full and satisfied but not stuffed.  Behind us, at the communal table, strangers sat side by side enjoying chip and salsa with cheap beer from the tap (3.50€); Riot surely liked his refreshing glass.
  Try visualizing all of those ingredients inside one tortilla:  The burrito de pollo or carne (8€) with the meat and beans all wrapped up but everything else on the side.

  Skip the tortilla and give it to me on a pile of chips:  The nachos de pollo, arroz y guacamole (8.50€).
  It came unwrapped:  The tamal mexicain (5.50€) continued the restaurant’s deconstrution tradition.
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