Club Paris is a long narrow dark place with tons of stuff on the walls. The walls are lined with booths sized for 2 or 4 people and closely placed tables running down the middle. The tables were set with “office chairs” complete with rolling wheels. The low ceiling had fans and 60’s rock played in the background. A large bar took up a lot of the front of the restaurant and it looked like you could eat there too. It was full of people so a reservation is a good idea but with a carpeted floor the noise level was not too bad. The floor did seem to be hollow underneath so you could feel/hear the staff running back and forth. Service was friendly and efficient but there wasn’t much time for chatting with so many people. It did die down some while we were there so I’m guessing a lot of the crowd was there for lunch during the workday where time was of the essence. There was a great vibe to the place and many renditions of the Eiffel Tower as well as Paris references. Outside was a wonderful sign that looked like it dated back quite a ways.
Tables were set with a basket of crackers and breadsticks. We decided on martinis for lunch as their wine list was limited. They were nicely done. They had a fairly large menu and one of their specialties was the Steak Sandwich. “It is unlike any other steak sandwich you’ve ever had, seasoned to perfection, broiled to order and served on garlic toast with choice of potato.”
You had a choice of top sirloin or tenderloin and we chose the latter and got French fries as our potato. It also came with some perfectly cooked, tender buttered green beans and a salad garnish (which was a throwaway). The garlic toast had been cooked on a griddle and was nicely browned and crisp with a good strong taste of garlic butter. The fries were crisp and came lightly salted. The meat had a perfect crusty char on the outside of the properly cooked rare ball of meat. It was beefy, tender and juicy – a delicious steak. The ingredients were all good on their own but wonderful when combined. A surprisingly simple but absolutely great plate of food.
As a parting gift, since they no longer give out matches they send you a little packet of wooden toothpicks. Novel, useful and creative.