I'm back from my nice trip to the south of France, but not yet ready to post about it. Probably next Wednesday.
Some time ago I shared a lunch with fellow blogger Adam (“Invisible Paris”). He proposed that we should meet at “Chez Léon”, close to the Gare Saint Lazare. A good choice! Here you find some kind of authentic atmosphere, combined with simple but nice food at reasonable prices.
The restaurant was created in 1910 with some traces still there, renovated obviously around 1950 or 60 and hardly since.
Since 50 years it’s run by the same family and several generations are present, including the mother who appears on some of the photos (e.g. behind the cash machine). You should also notice the wooden boxes, where regular guest could keep their napkins etc... (not used today).
It seems also be some kind of unofficial meeting place for Truckers Union members and it’s one of the two restaurants in Paris recommended by a “Les Routiers” sign. You find more of these signs when travelling in the French province and you can normally be assured that you will find something similar to this if the sign is there. I recommend that you try!