Cheap and Bordeaux might sound like an oxymoron. But finding an economical meal in this high-end region is easier than you think. The reasonable restaurants of Bordeaux are just raring to serve you. Check out L' Entrecote, the busiest restaurant in the city. People often line up for hours to eat at this restaurant, so be sure to arrive early. A simple idea for a simple menu -- walnut salad, steak served with a sauce whose recipe is a well-kept secret. The simple decor compliments the bustling atmosphere; don't expect peace and silence, as it is always crowded and the waiters are always in a hurry.
Get a taste of the real thing, visit Le Parlement des Graves. Right in the center of the restaurant district, this place offers a simple decor of white stone and gentle colors. It opened in 1994 and quickly developed into one of the most popular in town. Its menu displays regional dishes such as veal sweetbreads and prawns fried in olive oil with lime, or the platter of mixed grilled fish dressed with lemon and oil, all prepared in the chef's inimitable style.
Excellent traditional bistro fare is what's to be had at Le Cafe Francais. Have a rest on the Cathedral Square while enjoying traditional bistro cuisine at its finest. The large cafe is popular with shoppers on the town, and with city hall employees. A house specialty is the steak tartare, prepared in front of you. The terrace offers a panoramic view of the square. Go ahead, visit these fuss-free restaurants and get your fill without emptying your wallet.
75-77 rue du Palais Gallien
76 rue du Pas Saint Georges
29 Rue du Chai des Farines
4 rue des Piliers-de-Tutelle