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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Indiana Café
130, boulevard Saint-Germain
01.46.34.66.31
M° Odéon

 
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We were still smarting from the previous less-than-satisfying and too-expensive-for-what-we-got experience from the Café Indiana on the Grands Boulevards when Nez had that sometimes burrito craving.  Real Mexican – even Tex-Mex – this ain’t but it serves what looks somewhat close.  So, we made our way to the Saint-Germain end of that wonderfully aged passage – Cour du Commerce Saint-André – to give the Plains Indians themed decoration of Indiana another chance.  Happily, it wasn’t half as bad as we thought; the food was actually quite satisfying.

What wasn’t as satisfying was the price.  Even forgetting the horrible exchange rate, the thought of paying 14€ for a burrito is an insult to ones accustomed to paying half that for a great version in the Mexican food mecca called the Mission.  It is also like paying double for mediocre, co-opted Mexican at a chain like Chevy’s, which in a way is also an insult to the good men and women of the Mission.  Thus, on principle mainly, but no less due to economic considerations, Nez forwent the object of her quest and settled for the attractively-priced lunch menu of a plat and café for 10.50€; Riot did not stray from the same line of thinking.
 
 
 
 
 
  Beef tacos on the street of Paris:  The tacos boeuf (10.50€) here are not a bad attempt at the real thing.
 
 

 
 
 
For her plat, Nez chose the tacos boeuf, which by all appearances looked like the real stuff and tasted not far off.  Riot selected the Americana option of a plain hamburger that succeeded in hitting all the right marks.  All in all, this meal ranked somewhere between eating something to stop your stomach from growling and eating something that makes you go “wow.”  In other words, what one typically has for lunch except for the part about sipping expresso after the meal, watching the world go about its business, and doing all that with a killer backdrop all the while.
 
 
 
 
  A solid American burger:  The hamburger (10.50€) looks and tastes every bit the part.
 
 
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