Chez Denise, Paris, France – Walking in at lunch time on a weekday and I am the only tourist in sight. Long and narrow, simply furnished with red and white checked table clothes, I am ferried to the back, the last table before the kitchen. A server swings by with a large chalkboard listing entrees. Peasant French food…nothing fancy – kidneys, brains, tripe, lamb, foie gras, simple fish dishes. I go for my first brains. Dishes arrive and everyone’s looks amazing, with large, hearty helpings. A large platter of incredible pommes frites is placed on the table. Everything tastes amazing. Other diners are slipping out, back to work. We stay and enjoy a dessert and some Armagnac. Another Armagnac. We are the only ones left in the restaurant. The lights are turned off. “Should we leave?” “Non, non….rester ici.” Another Armagnac. Finally, after hours of conversation and wonderful food and service it is time to leave…and find a place for dinner. 5 rue Prouvaires, 75001 Paris, France (Louvre / Place Vendôme) picture from http://www.whitings-writings.com/bistro_reviews/denise.htm
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