Le Petit Zinc is a charming little brasserie (a relaxed but upscale restaurant) in the 6th Arrondissement of Paris. You’ll find it on 11, rue St-Benoit and it’s open seven days a week from noon until midnight. I love the art nouveau décor and the uniforms of the waiters. Instead of the standard black suit with long white apron, they wear sailor suits, which is apropos since the specialty of the house is seafood. It’s been around since 1964, but only in this location since 1990, despite the appearance of yesteryear.
Today’s expression, malgré les apparences (malgray lez apahrahns), means “despite appearances.” Since nostalgia sells, often places that appear to be old in Paris are relative newcomers. That doesn’t mean, however, that they won’t provide you with a wonderful experience, like Le Petit Zinc.