The sixth is the center of our Parisian universe.  Though we take up just a tiny sliver of its 0.8 square mile (about 300 square feet to be exact), we have spent a large chunk of our dining hours within its boundaries, everywhere from hole-in-the-wall joints to nicer sit-down restaurants to the well-frequented Monoprix supermarket for a meal back at home.  There remain many known and unknown gems to be sampled but we have no doubt that we will get through most of them, or fail trying.  After all, we love eating as much as we love living where we live.
 
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Crêperie des Arts
27, rue Saint-André des Arts
01.43.26.15.68
M° Saint-Michel

 
Euro - 8 or less
We are better with restaurant names than we are with street names, but sometimes we still refer to the former with easier-to-recall monikers such as, “the grec sandwich place” or “the Mexican restaurant.”  Sometimes, however, a surnom sticks and nothing else will do.  Along that line, our favorite crêperie in Paris – a strong but supportable assertion – is forever known as “Joie and the Language Chameleon’s crêpe place.”  (Joie is Nez’s sister; the Chameleon is Joie’s husband.)  The name this establishment does business under is “Crêperie des Arts”; the name that greets tourists on this lively street is “Crêperie de Arts,” the “s” in the middle had fallen off a long time ago.

Under any name, this place dolls out the finest and freshest of the Bretagne treat.  Through the blue window and behind large glass jars of mysterious, mouth-watering crêpe fillings (one can assume that at least one is honey), the crêpe maker will take your order.  The choices are posted in a little frame to your right and nothing hits the pan until you’ve made your decision.  You cannot go wrong with whatever you set your eyes upon but Nez likes the simple beurre sucre (2€).  She likes it hot, almost too hot to hold; she likes to devour it on the short walk toward the river.  Joie is partial for the chocolat maison (2.40€), which is kept in a constant melting state in one of the many saucepans.  Go wild with what you want in yours, but whatever you choose, the final product is a small, thin concoction of the most sublime quality that you will finish in no time and will not forget for a long, long time.
 
 
 
 
 
  Yes, that’s a big bite mark, we just couldn’t wait:  This is what we come here to get (this particular one is filled with crème de marrons) and then consume on the way to the river.
 
 

 
 
 
 
  This is a totally different dish (not as enjoyable as the highly touted crêpes in the review):  We had the jambon et emmental (6.30€) galette au sarrasin (buckwheat pancake) when Riot’s cousin, the Dutchman, was in town.
 
 
 
  Should have gone with a crêpe instead:  The texane (9.30€) with ground meat, onions, and cheese.
 
 
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