How to eat on the cheap in Paris... I would recommend crepes!
We usually think of crepes Suzette -- named after either a French actress or one of Edward V11's young lady friends -- which are sweet crepes or crepes sucrees as the french would call them.
You can't live on sugar alone so how about crepes salees or savory crepes for a really affordable and delicious lunch or dinner in Paris.
Creperies dot Rue Mouffetard, this popular food and market street very near the apartment we stay in. As we make our way down Rue Mouffe, Chez Nicos catches our eye and the smell of crepes cooking wafts across the way.
Chez Nicos is a small, one man operation -- the open cooking area where the crepes are made is in full view of the 6 seater counter top where we wait for our order.
After 5 minutes -- during which the cook/server/waiter/cashier has also made some crepes sucrees for other buyers, our crepes are ready.
And they're GIGANTIC!
I ordered a vegetable crepe and it comes loaded with fresh roasted eggplants, mushrooms, bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, lettuce and lots and lots of crumbled feta cheese.
Jay ordered a cheese and champignon crepe and the hot cheese has melted into a golden pool.
The crepes used for crepes salees are actually gallettes or thicker crepes made of sturdier and denser buckwheat -- to hold in all those hot and yummy cooked ingredients.
You can see just how big one crepe salee is -- the bottle of Coke light is dwarfed by comparison. My roasted vegetable crepe salee is delicious and much too big to finish in one sitting.
I take half of it home where it will make a nice breakfast for the next morning.
Two tasty meals out of one crepe salee -- not bad at all for 5 euros!
If you put your mind to it, you can eat well -- and cheaply in Paris.