I'm going to be in Paris for several days at the end of May and beginning of June, and I'm trying to build up a list of affordable lunch places. I'm most interested in French places (classic, modern, regional or Spanish- or Italian-inflected) with set menus (appetizer, plat du jour, dessert) for around 10 euros, give or take a euro or three. Can be anywhere in the city, but should be, you know, delicious!
I'll throw out one I went to last year that I really liked (and which is no secret): La Gazzetta, near the Marché d'Aligre. Very precise Basque-influenced cooking: fresh, bright, light flavors, chic interior, and the lunch menu was 14 euros (the high end of what I'm looking at). Very satisfying meal!
Also, I guess I should ask this: Is there any way to an enterprising tourist to acquire the "lunch tickets" that French employers distribute to their employees?
Looking forward to hearing your ideas—and then tasting them!
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