Best Restaurants: One of those un-adorned façades that houses a 12-table dining establishment, L'Ami Louis is a Parisian staple. It's not cheap -- about 150euro per head for lunch-- and it's not easy to get a reservation, but it's so worth it. Louis Gadby serves haute couture foie gras, duck from Barbarie, pork from the black pigs of Gascony, and handpicked black truffles from his own closely-guarded sources. Even Alice Waters counts this as her favorite Paris restaurant (it's said). If you're an epicurean -- as in slabs of foie gras and chicken cooked in goose fat - you're gonna love this place. It's not a romantic date restaurant, because your fellow diners could be anyone from Clinton (yes, Bill), to the celebrity on this week's cover of People, but for an authentic French meal at a famous, but not flashy, address, this is your sure bet. IF you can get a table.
Lunch, Bistro Traditional: Established in 1924, Chez L'Ami Louis is still a great place for a delicious meal. Don't let the building's aging appearance fool you, because the restaurant is known for its great French fare, including lamb cut French-style and foie gras. The quaint, simple interior establishes a comfortable, friendly environment and is ideal for a satisfying meal. An ideal place for people watching, too - Presidents Clinton and Chirac have been there. METRO: Arts-et-Métiers (line 3 or 11) / Temple (line 3)
Local Expert Paige Donner Says:
Best Restaurants: "If you're staying at a top hotel, get the concierge to make your L'Ami Louis lunch or dinner reservations for you. Also, people either love it or hate it, so keep that in mind."
Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: L'Ami Louis is for gourmets who like the best of authentic French food and don't mind paying for it.