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Tex-Mex in Paris

August 19, 2009
Courtyard seating at The Studio Restaurant

Courtyard seating at The Studio Restaurant

Okay, Tex-Mex is likely not the first type of cuisine you think of when someone says Paris.  In fact, as a born and bred Texan, I can tell you most Tex-Mex in Paris is barely tolerable.  However, there is a hidden spot in The City of Lights serving up some surprisingly high-quality Tex-Mex at an even more surprising price. 

The Studio, hidden within Le Marais (4th arrondissement), is a truly unique dining experience.  You may have some trouble finding this restaurant situated off of  rue de Temple.  You enter through a long covered archway and follow a cobbled path with small boutiques lining either side.  Just when you think you may be lost, the covered path gives way to an open air courtyard.  This courtyard contains the patio seating for the restaurant, and the maitre d’ stand is placed immediately in front of the entrance.  The Studio takes up one side of the square, while the other two sides of the two story building are actually devoted to a dance studio (Centre de Danse du Marais)! 

The best place to sit is at one of the covered tables out in the courtyard where you can sip margaritas and look up through the windows lining the upper story of the dance studio to watch a dance class.  When I have gone the past, I’ve seen classes practicing flamenco dancing and salsa.

My favorite combo: Margarita 8,5€ and Fajitas for one 18€

See their menu for all the other delicious options.

The Studio Restaurant

41, Rue du Temple
75004 Paris, France
+33 1 42 74 10 38
Happy Hour: 16h30 to 19h30

Metro: Chatelet or Hotel de Ville

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  1. August 19, 2009 10:07 pm

    Mmmm. Now I’m craving Tex-Mex. Thanks for the yummy information.

    • Ashley Bruckbauer permalink
      August 19, 2009 11:05 pm

      I think Tex-Mex may be what I will miss the most while in China, but maybe I will find another recommendation for you guys there…hmmm. 😉

  2. August 21, 2009 6:14 pm

    Good Tex-Mex in Paris?

    I’m surprised but good to know 🙂

  3. November 18, 2009 5:03 am

    This is one of my favorite places in Paris for a drink in the summer! I love the courtyard and will probably return to try the tex-mex next time!

  4. January 5, 2011 3:12 am

    You happen to stumble on the very first Tex-Mex restaurant in Paris, which kicked off the Tex-Mex craze in that city in the 80’s. Read about it here:

    http://www.houstonpress.com/2000-11-23/restaurants/the-french-connection/2/

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