In Paris, burger joints and cupcake shops are popping up left and right. The American style ‘bouffe’ seems to really be catching on. How could it not?
There are many restaurants in Paris offering American cuisine. I for one, however, think that there are only certain joints that do it right. Many are good. But some are a pinch more authentic. Sometimes it’s hard to find the right combination of atmosphere, grub and beverages”¦ but I am being surprised more and more by some of the places that have joined the streets of this fabulously international city. And of course there are always new places to check out.
I can’t speak for all Americans, but hopefully this list will at least get you through your nostalgic craving for a bite of American grub… it sure does for me!
1) Blue’s Bar-B-Q
This was one of those places that I was so surprised I didn’t know about, so as soon as I heard about it I rushed over to try a pulled pork sandwich. It was divine. The place is run by an ever so lovely woman from Dallas, and really hits home with the déco and everything on the menu. They’ve got Brisket to Bar-B-Q platters to cornbread and of course Mac ‘n cheese”¦ my heart was beating so fast when I started reading the menu. I think the Root Beer Float is certainly the cherry on top of the menu. Blues is open daily from noon to 10pm or 11pm, and on Sundays from 1pm to 8pm, closed on Mondays.
Blues Bar B-Q, 1 rue Sedaine, 75011. Tél: 01 48 06 79 53
Schwartz’s Deli has been a staple in the Marais since as far as I’ve known. Recently they opened two new locations, one in the 17th and one in the 16th. The chain is known for its fabulous deco and little vintage quotes all over the place”¦ dancing popsicles and soda pops”¦ the works. Their burgers are as big as ever, and they’ve got a variety of American favorites on the menu: Mac ‘N Cheese, Veggie burgers, Mozzarella sticks, and of course some great breakfast choices that are perfect after a night out.
Glass is Pigalle’s newest hotspot, opened by the folks that brought us Candelaria. With a pinch of a rock feel that will make you feel like you’re somewhere underground, Glass has a little something extra to offer. They are focused more on the music, the feeling”¦ and of course they’ve got great taste in beer. This place has got some serious American spunk more into the roots than any place other I’ve seen in Paris; not only because of the growlers (I’m still in shock with happiness of seeing a growler in Paris), but they’ve also got Brooklyn Brewery on tap, and homemade hotdogs and pickles. Stop in for a pint and a snack, and you will feel like you’re strolling out of a bar somewhere across the Atlantic.
Glass 7, rue Frochot, 75009.
Camion Qui Fume is Paris’s first food truck! Run by an American, she has brought a whole new market to the City of Light that has blown all of the locals’ minds. Camion Qui Fume has a variety of different burgers, from classic to a bit more à la franà§aise, and parks in various spots across the city. Burger lovers everywhere can follow through social media to find out where she is, and to stop in and order a burger the New York way. These burgers are just sublime. And half the fun is the environment!
5) Breakfast In America (BIA)
I felt like I couldn’t leave out BIA as it is a staple in the expat world here in Paris. The little breakfast restaurant with toasters on the tables, a cozy, yet hopping atmosphere that makes you feel like you’re in a diner in Brooklyn. They’ve got delicious burgers, impeccable breakfast and heaps of delicious syrup. Breakfast is served all day long, from 8:30am to 11:00pm.
BIA, 17, rue des Ecoles, 75005. Tél: 01 43 54 50 28 or 4, rue Malher, 75004. Tél: 01 42 72 40 21
What are your favorite American spots in Paris?
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