Friday, December 12, 2014

Maison Pou

Métro: Ternes (line 2)
Address: 16, avenue des Ternes, 75017 Paris
Hours:Monday- Friday 9:30 am to 7:00pm
Saturday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Closed on Sunday

You want to know what French food is really about? You might think that caterers are only good for weddings, but in France, caterers are an everyday stop. Maison Pou is one of those institutions that are delighting locals. It's no tourist trap. You will find anyone from the little neighborhood grandpa and grandma to the busy businessman. Founded in 1830, Maison Pou won many first prize for their delicatessen products. They do everything from a simple salad to a delicate chocolate cake. I've stopped there many times and I have never eaten anything that I do not truly like. My personal addiction is their individual pizza (3.50 euros) which has nothing to do with the traditional pizza we all know. No, it's more like a tart made with a tomato compote which is to die for. Their quiche is also really good or their Greek salad. Their desserts are good but not their strongest point. It's quite affordable if you take the individual portions ( about 4 euros for a gourmet dish like quiche or pizza, count 5 euros for dessert) but careful when you buy by the weight. Prices take off real fast. Word of caution: no credit card under 10 euros and better get there early, there is a line everyday starting 11:30 am.

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