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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Four Baguettes
15, rue Dauphine
Closed Mondays
M° Odéon

Euro - 9 to 16
Anything this close to the Pont Neuf is bound to be pricy and touristy, we thought, and couldn’t possibly be all that good.  We were wrong, at least with regard to this restaurant owned by a Mexican/American couple.  On a random Friday night, we dropped by with few expectations.  A sudden onrush of the aroma of delicious food sizzling on hot platters met us at the door along with a waitress.  Do you have a reservation, she asked?  No, we said, eyeing the several empty tables nearby and feeling OK that we hadn’t called ahead.  Nevertheless, we were told that the place was full but that we could wait.  We opted instead to give the proprietress our cell phone number and went for a walk along the river.  Before long, she called and we came back and claimed our table.

The sweet scents were still in the air.  The ambiance was inviting and the lighting understatedly festive and warm.  We started the night with a 50cl pitcher of margarita fraises (16.50€), chips and salsa, and fish ceviche (7.90€).  Pretty much happy hour fares but on this famish day they were preparing our appetites for the next course.  The salsa was subtle in taste but it grew on us and ended up quite tasty; the same with the fish marinated in lime sauce.  That’s the trouble when one arrives with preconceived notions of what the food should taste like.  As for the cold drink, it tasted as expected and packed a nice, little punch.
  A Friday night starter course:  The margarita fraises (16.50€) with chips and salsa.

  A hefty inbetween dish to whet the appetite:  The fish ceviche (7.90€).
For our main courses, the part where we really stuffed ourselves, Nez got the enchiladas verdes (13.50€) and Riot the pork and chorizo taquiza (16.90€).  (It was difficult discerning the differences between the fajitas and the taquiza on the menu; as far as we can tell, there difference is the price though we’re probably wrong.)  Nez was pleasantly surprised with her enchilada that came in a cassoulet under a coat of melted cheese and green sauce.  Surrounding it on the plate were small dabs of salad, rice, and refried beans.  The sauce, which is important in an enchilada, was good and did not make the tortilla too saucy.  When it came to his plate, Riot prepared his fajita like he did at home.  With a tortilla on one hand, slap on the guacamole, sour cream, lettuce, meat, salsa, and hot sauce.  He gnawled away happily at his creation and then suddenly grew conscious of the fact that he wasn’t eating with his knife and fork.  Everyone around was and they were doing just fine with the silverware, and so he did too.  Everything combined well and invoked a fond memory of Mexican cooking in America.  Although, Riot would probably get the beef next time because the pork wasn’t done the al pastor style he had had in mind (see preconceived notions, above).
  It is all about the sauce:  The enchiladas verdes (13.50€) with its good sauce.
  Ready for assembly, silverware recommended:  The pork and chorizo taquiza (16.90€).
Though quite full in the bellies, we finished the night with some excellent coconut ice cream.  It was almost 11 but the place was still ringing with happy patrons.  The proprietress came by to chat and realized that she hadn’t offered us the house-special jalepenos.  “I’ll bring it by next time,” she said.  Riot said he would take her up on that.  This was a very good meal and we’ll definitely return.  A très bientôt!
  Barely any room left for dessert:  The coconut ice cream (underneath the OK pineapple scoop) is excellent.
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