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Chartier
7 rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 9th
Tel 01 47 70 86 29
M° Grands Boulevards

I used to live round the corner when I was just out of college and bartending for a living (read: broke), so I ate here a lot. It’s historic, has a lively atmosphere, totally French in terms of the menu (eggs mayonnaise, beet root and shaved carrot salad, snails, steak-frites), and cheap, cheap, cheap. But I have to say, the food was particularly disgusting on my last pass. The steak was ropey and the marinated mushrooms were inedible (they tasted like they were marinated in dirty dish water). But hey, the wine is decent (by the bottle, anyway – smart enough to avoid their house wine) and if you just want to fill your stomach on a few euros (€8-€15), it can’t be beat.

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