Chez Alain Miam Miam
When the sixty-something Alain, who has an air of Niels Arestrup about him, hands you one of his colossal sandwiches at his rudimentary eatery on rue Charlot (this brand new shop opened in 2018), it almost feels like you’re adopting a child… But you can also order one at his original market stand in the Marché des Enfants-Rouges, now run by his son Jules. At the new spot, Alain continues chit-chatting with customers while filling his good oiled breads with organic vegetables (salad, onion confit, mushrooms, tomatoes and avocado), an excellent cheese (Cantal or Comté), and a generous portion of meat (baked or cured ham), served toasted if you prefer (€11). Other tasty treats: really delicious socca niçoise (€4), a vegetarian cone (made from a blini) filled with oiled-up vegetables (€11), unfussy, savory galettes (€11) and sweet crepes (€3.50). To drink, there’s Gallia beer (€4.50) and a few sodas (€2). // A.A.