Best Croque Monsieur in Paris?

Old Feb 21st, 2006, 01:15 PM
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Best Croque Monsieur in Paris?

There's nothing quite like a good croque monsieur and I'm planning on having several during my upcoming trip to Paris. While I'm sure I can get a very good one at nearly any cafe in Paris, I was wondering if anyone had stumbled across a particularly good one that they thought was worth mentioning. Merci.
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Old Feb 21st, 2006, 02:35 PM
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You have it right. Croque Monsieur is available throughout Paris at almost any cafe. It's hard to distinguish them. I've had a good one at Deux Magots across from the St. Germain church, where Descartes is buried. The quality of the mustard counts. Of course it's not on my diet anymore.
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Old Feb 21st, 2006, 02:38 PM
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I like Cafe Bonaparte just steps away from the Deux Magots. Maybe it was the best because it was the first meal I had in Paris. The onion soup there was fabulous too!
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Old Feb 21st, 2006, 02:55 PM
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Okay, sorry, count me ignorant....what the heck is a croque monsieur? Maybe I need to get one on my upcoming trip.
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Old Feb 21st, 2006, 03:16 PM
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I had a lovely one at Dame Tartine on rue Brisemiche in the 4th (facing the Igor Stravinsky fountain outside Centre Pompidou).
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Old Feb 21st, 2006, 03:26 PM
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It's basically an opened-face ham and cheese sandwich which uses the pain de mie bread (instead of a baguette) and béchamel sauce, topped by shredded gruyère and broiled. Simply delicious...can't say as I've had a bad one ever. Nice for a snack or light meal.
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Old Feb 21st, 2006, 03:46 PM
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The cafe on the corner of rue Dominic and rue de Grenelle.
With a glass of red wine, perfection.
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Old Feb 21st, 2006, 03:49 PM
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Klondike...Merci, it is going on my list of musts for September.
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Old Feb 21st, 2006, 03:52 PM
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Or, with a Kronenberg 1665 - sublime.
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Old Feb 21st, 2006, 04:03 PM
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Thanks all, I may just have to try all of these places! I'm hungry already.
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Old Feb 21st, 2006, 04:08 PM
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1665! Sacre bleu! I'm a year late and a sous short.
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Old Feb 21st, 2006, 04:11 PM
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L'ombre de Notre Dame: facing the front of the cathedral, take the street that goes along it on the left. It is, as its name says, in the shadow of the cathedral, and I love love love it!!!!!

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Old Feb 21st, 2006, 04:12 PM
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No. I just made two typos. I noticed the e instead of the u, but not the 5.

Sorry, guys!
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Too intent on the Turkish figure skater I guess. Great story - and program! Kimmie's on now.
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Old Feb 21st, 2006, 04:14 PM
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Actually, you missed the "ou" instead of the "e" or the "u."
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Old Feb 21st, 2006, 04:18 PM
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well, heck, I'll just give it up and call it a night!

Bye, y'all.
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Old Feb 21st, 2006, 04:21 PM
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OK, how do you ask for a 1664? Do you say in French "one thousand, six hundred sixty four" or "sixteen sixty four" or something completely different?
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Old Feb 21st, 2006, 04:28 PM
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Not gone yet. Was reading a trip report.

I ordered it like I ordered everything in France. In English. With a Southern accent.

Kronenbourg sixteen sixty four.
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I guess, lynny, perhaps just ask for Kronenbourg?
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Old Feb 21st, 2006, 05:09 PM
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In French, it's "une Kronenbourg seize cent soixante quatre."
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