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Paris Noir-Partying in Black Paris

Author: Chi-townGirl
Date of Trip: November 2002

Metro: Anvers, upon exit at street level, look across the street, you will see a park. Walk along the side of the park. On the other side of the park you will see a Blue Store front that is an office supply store called Plein Ceil, it is on the corner of rue Rodier, walk down rue rodier almost to the end of the block on the right side, you can't miss it.

They have a Web site http://www.bojanglesparis.com/ and they have an email address bojangles@paris.com, I made my reservations via Email before my arrival in Paris.

Percy's Place
Percy's is located in the 16 Arr; the area is very nice and quite interesting to visit. There is a Monoprix along the way that is worth a visit. There is also a very good one hour photo across the street from Percy's. The owner does not speak English, but he still was able to develop 2 rolls of film for me.

We arrived for lunch at Percy's at 12:05. The restaurant was supposed to open at 12:00. Percy himself came to the door and said he would be open in 10 minutes. We walked down the block into a clothing store and returned; the restaurant was still not open. We walked around the corner to the church and took some pictures. We stopped at a shoe store and paused at the butcher's to guess if the bird with its feet and feathers still attached was a pheasant or a turkey. We finally sat down in the restaurant around 12:35.

Percy's is a beautiful restaurant, small but very inviting and cozy. There are signed pictures of celebrities on the walls, including Will Smith and Sharon Stone.

Percy's Souse Chef waited on us; she is from Chicago. She was very kind and personable and inviting. The menu is on laminated cards in CDs, very clever. The wine list is pretty interesting and includes wines from South Africa. Appetizers were not on the lunch menu but she made some just for us. She made crab balls, chicken wings and jambalaya. I do not like crab but the crab balls she made have changed my opinion of crab; they were phenomenal, melt in your mouth delicious. The chicken wings were marinated and delicious; a dipping sauce was served with them but not necessary. I have never quite tasted anything like them nor seen them presented in the manner they were here. The jambalaya was delicious also. My friend ordered the chicken and crab balls, but I was only able to wrestle one from her. Percy came out the check on us and he asked how everything was and I raved about the crab balls and that I only got one and he had the Chef make more: a man after my own heart. The Jambalaya I had was equally as excellent and presented in a clever manner. We had Percy's fried chicken for lunch which is 2 fried, boneless, skinless chicken breasts, mashed potatoes and cole slaw. The chicken was very well spiced, an interesting blend of seasonings.

The service was excellent and they were very attentive. Percy came to say goodbye to us and requested a hug from each of us. He is very striking so I didn't mind hugging him at all. We wanted to make reservations for dinner but they were full for dinner. They also have a live Jazz band at dinner.

Metro: Michel-Ange d'Auteuil, street level go to your right 2 blocks. Percy's is on the right in the 2nd block.

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