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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Two Baguettes
Lac d’Or
5, rue Grégoire de Tours
M° Odéon

Euro - 8 or less
The usual post-happy hour routine of eating bad, oily food was attempted one Friday in this place far, far away from our usual Friday haunt and its happy cast.  We had successfully liquored ourselves up at the Frog & Princess over mojitos and snacks but were still somehow hungry and had developed a heck of a craving for some hot soup – that’s drinking speak for grubby Chinese.  It had also been a heck of a cold week in Paris.

There is not much of a selection when it comes to finding cheap Chinese in this part of town.  Our quest brought us to one of our favorite little streets in this area, rue Grégoire de Tours, which is a real joy to stroll and linger were it not for the slight annoyance of hawkers politely asking you to take a look at their menus.  Tonight, no one enticed us to take a second look at Lac d’Or but the reception was downright welcoming; the nice and soft-spoken owner even sat us by the choicest window table.
  The soup we did not come for:  The potage pékinois was dark and salty.

Nez wasn’t too hungry and wanted a beef dish; Riot was hungry – or at least he thought so – and wanted sweet and sour pork – is there a better after-drink dish? – in addition to the aforementioned soup.  Thus, we got the menu (8€) that provided the potage pékinois and boeuf aux oignons and a separate order of porc à la sauce aigre-douce (6€).  The soup looked darker than it should and tasted as salty as its dark color suggested.  The sweet-and-sour hope was dashed by subpar meat and sauce; it is telling when the best part was to pick out the few red pepper slices.  Nez’s beef was more of a stir-fried onion course, which in and of itself would not have necessarily been bad except in this case it was.  So, with an oh-for-three performance we will not be returning any time soon but the owners are just so damn nice.  And the price is amazingly low for what they could actually get away with around here.
  A stir-fried onion dish:  The boeuf aux oignons (8€ as part of a menu) is light on the meat and heavy on the vegetable.
  Short of our expectation:  The best part of the porc à la sauce aigre-douce (6€) were the bits of red pepper.
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