Last summer, a friend in Paris introduced me to a little restaurant and wine bar called Verjus. Oh, what a gift! This cozy little spot in the 1st arrondissement is a stone's throw from the Palais-Royal and a short walk from the Jardin des Tuileries and the Louvre. Verjus is housed in a charming 19th-century 3-story building with the wine bar on the ground floor (once a horse/carriage stable) and a dining room upstairs.
While they offer a 4-course or 6-course tasting menu in the dining room, I sadly have never made it past the wine bar. And for good reason... The wine bar is sensational. The setting is gorgeous in its simplicity and everything on the bar menu is delicious with an outstanding array of wine. This tiny spot is welcoming and comfortable and it is quite typically to hear french and english conversations dance through the vaulted ceiling. I've tried a majority of the dishes on the wine bar menu and I simply don't want to leave once I've arrived. Their buttermilk fried chicken with napa cabbage, red chilies, and micro greens is some of the best fried chicken I've had anywhere in the world.
The owners/chef are American expats who have called Paris home for 7+ years... New Orleans born and Boston bred Chef Braden Perkins and his partner in work and life, Saint Paul native Laura Adrian. Next time I will certainly try the tasting menu, but only after enjoying the fried chicken and string french fries in the wine bar!