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
   
Paul
77, rue de Seine
01.55.42.02.23
M° Mabillon

 
Euro - 8 or less
It is difficult to find a quick bite to eat in this bazaar called rue de Buci.  We like long meals but sometimes, like immediately after class, we also like a quick one.  The only logical choice we encountered was the Paul on the corner with rue de Seine.  We grabbed an outside table and waited a while for it to be cleared; apparently the shift had just changed.  But as soon as we had a clean table and menus in hands we had to move under one of the small awnings as threatening droplets of water came down from the sky.  Perhaps, we thought, we should have gone home and made something instead.

In due course, we got our lunches:  Nez a crêpe chèvre tomate (8.80€) and Riot a tartine saumon (also 8.80€).  Nez’s was a limp concoction with a smattering of goat cheese and a halved tomato that we could not help thinking we could have gotten somewhere up the street among the many crêperies on rue Saint-André des Arts.  Riot’s was two slices of wheat covered with an unfortunate spread of salmon, celery, and mayo that caused him to reach for the salt and pepper shakers many times over the course of lunch.  Prefacing it with “We really like the pastries at Paul,” we thought and exclaimed the same sentiment:  We could make something better at home.
 
 
 
 
 
  A quick wrap that could be had at a better crêperie down the street:  The crêpe chèvre tomate (8.80€).
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
  Bread with a spread that is light on essential flavors:  The tartine saumon (8.80€).
 
 
 
 
 
  This is the kind of stuff you go here for:  The strawberry Charlotte (16.30€), fruits and cream surrounded by ladyfingers.
 
 
 
 
 
  A quick, delicious snack:  Riot loves the triangle (say, “tree-angl”) at Paul, especially with the regular cream filling (say, “nah-tyoor.”)
 
 
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