Aux Bons Crus

7, rue des Petit Champs

Telephone: 01 42 60 06 45

Métro: Palais Royal

 Aux Bons Crus, which opened for business in 1905, is very easy to miss.  Located behind the Palais Royal, this is a hole-in-the-wall establishment with ceiling clearance so low in the back room that you have to stoop to get to the tables.

Aux Bons Crus

The huge portions in this restaurant, which specializes in the hearty cuisine of Central France, are large enough to please the hungriest diner.  The menu displays multiple variations on the trusty ham-and-cheese theme:  enormous ham-and-cheese omelettes, thick ham-and-cheese tortes with thick layers of butter pastry; cheese and potato raclettes.  The croque monsieur with melted, cantal cheese and savory jambon de campagne atop a chewy slice of sourdough bread, comes with an enormous salad of candied onions, carrot sticks, chopper endive, pickles, and cauliflower florets.

Likewise, the assiette de trois saucisses could feed a family of four.  Generous chunks of Morteau, Mordelle, and lyons sausages are presented with a side order of lentils mixed with carrots and bacon chunks.  In a gesture of cholesterol bravado, the entire platter is topped with melted cheese.  Even the lightest appetizers, like the boiled leek salad, come smothered in a highly caloric, creamy vinaigrette dressing.

Go when you are hungry and order one of the assiettes de charcuterie.

Reservations are not necessary for lunch.

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