Pink Flamingo – Pizza with a funky twist

How can you go wrong with a pizza joint that proudly boasts its connection to John Water’s movie Pink Flamingos? Pink Flamingo pizza boxes Not to mention the old school punk music, ala Ramones, on the speakers. Did I mention the VW bus parked on the street as an alternate dining table? Oh, and they have some great, inventive vegetarian pizzas.

Pink Flamingo is all that and more.
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Angora, a Turkish restaurant – 12th Arr.

It’s easy to miss this small restaurant in the 12th Arrindissemont. Its dark, tudor façade lacks the neon and flashing lights of neighbors on the busy intersection of Blvd. de Reuilly and Rue de Charenton. It’s conveniently located near Angora Restaurant in the 12th Arr.the Dugommier metro station, across the street from Monoprix.

Angora is a Turkish restaurant. The menu is filled with meat items and two solitary dishes under the vegetarian section. However, Mediterranean food is filled with vegetarian options. They were happy to modify the daily fixed price menu could be created with vegetarian options.

Appetizers

The meal started with a basket of warm Turkish bread. It has a soft texture and a hint of mint. The appetizer plate had a selection of dishes, including dolma, tzatziki, hummus, red pepper spread, phyllo-wrapped feta, and more. Each item provided a few bites and the flavors were perfect.

Dinner

For dinner, I received their vegetarian eggplant dish. The eggplant is roasted and covered with a chunky tomato sauce and soft cheese. Couscous and salad finished the plate. It was a delicious and filling meal.

For dessert, I chose the homemade baklava with pistachio. It was served warm with a honey sauce.

All of this cost a mere 19 euros. I added a bottle of Badoit mineral water for a total cost of 22 Euros.

While Angora is a small restaurant, they have an upstairs room for larger parties. It’s popular and begins to fill up after 9 p.m. You can make reservations, but it isn’t necessary. Angora also serves a great lunch menu at 11 Euros.

Angora, Cuisine Traditionelle Turque
240, Rue de Charenton 75012
Metro: Dugommier
01 44 87 02 08
  • Overall: 4/5
  • Vegetarian Options: 4/5
  • Vegan Options: 4/5
  • Value: 5/5
  • Location: 4/5

Chez Prosper – 11th Arr.

Sometimes you need a stick to your ribs dinner. Sometimes you need a joyful place to eat with noisy locals and waiters with a sense of humor. Sometimes you need a place you can always count on for a good meal. Sometimes you need all of the above.

Chez Prosper salad chevalier
Chez Prosper is a busy bistro tucked into the corner of Place Nation. It sits in the shadow of an old tax collecting station from the old gates of Paris. It’s a retro-bistro that looks as if it has been serving the masses for the past 100 years.

It’s not a vegetarian restaurant but it does feature one of my favorite salads of all time.

The Salad Chevalier is simple, yet ultimately satisfying. It starts with a layer of greens, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Then a heaping layer of sautéed potato slices are added. Topping off this salad is a tartine with three melted cheeses.

Salad dressing is provided in an old coke bottle for you to use as much as you like. Personally, I pour on this sunflower oil/mustard dressing. I’ve never left Chez Prosper without being full, happy, and satisfied.

If your meat eating friends are like mine, they’ll enjoy the salmon in blue cheese sauce and the steak tartar. I also recommend the dark chocolate tart with extra crème anglais for the finale.

Pros: Chez Prosper is a great value for your dollar, the Salad Chevalier will cost around 10.50 Euros. No reservations are required. The bread is bottomless. The staff is contagiously happy. Chez Prosper has two sister restaurants with slightly different menus.

Cons: It can get crowded, noisy, and smoky indoors. But that is what you’d expect in a popular Parisian bistro.

Chez Prosper
7, Avenue du Trône, Paris France 75011
01-43-73-08-51
Metro: Nation
Bistro
  • Overall: 4/5
  • Vegetarian Options: 3/5
  • Vegan Options: 2/5
  • Value: 5/5
  • Location: 4/5