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Voilà! Fabulous steak frites à table, le Relais de l'Entrecôte.

The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook. ~ Julia Child

When I arrived back in Paris STARVING after a full day at Fontainebleau Chateau, I knew the time to dine at le Relais de l’Entrecôte had come.

The sight of Brasserie Lipp, Café de Flore, and Les Deux Magots – glorious cafés all – called to me as I exited the metro at St-Germain des Prés. It was a Thursday evening, just after 7 pm, and their sidewalk tables were filled with people laughing and raising glasses. But I stayed on course to Rue Saint-Benoit, while images of grilled beef and fried potatoes danced in my head.

Because I’d been told the steak frites at le Relais de l’Entrecôte was amazing and the portions generous.

Turns out they told me right.

The St-Germain location is one of three in Paris where all they serve is steak frites for lunch and steak frites for dinner. Every day. So they’re very good at it.

You need only state how you want your steak cooked. “Rare” was my choice. And once the server took my order, she brought the spicy walnut-laced salad that “comes with” right away. Salad, prelude to generous helpings of fabulous steak frites, le Relais de l'Entrecôte in Paris.

She whisked back again soon after I’d put my salad fork down and set before me the best steak frites I’d ever had. The cuts were super tender, bathed in the restaurant’s signature secret sauce. The rest of my plate was covered with perfect hot, fresh fries.

 Fabulous steak frites Round 1, le Relais de l'Entrecôte in Paris.

And when I’d finished my last slice of steak and munched my remaining frite, my eagle-eye server came back with another helping. Here’s what a second plate of bliss looks like:

Round 2 of my fabulous steak frites, le Relais de l'Entrecôte in Paris.

A simple great choice for simply great food in Paris.

(But there are enough choices on the dessert list to go crazy with afterwards ~ provided you still have room.)

Dine on fabulous steak frites at le Relais de l'Entrecôte in Paris, neighborhood of St-Germain-des-Prés.le Relais de l’Entrecôte, 20 rue St-Benoît, 75006; metro: St. Germain des Prés (Line 4)

OK, now that I’ve worked up an appetite, Hubby L. and I are headed out to a place over the Texas border (just under an hour’s drive from here) for some of this area’s best rib-eye and steak fries. Not exactly the experience outlined above – no Eiffel Tower or Louvre Museum nearby – but good eats nonetheless.

 Where do you go for slammin’ steak and fries?