France Reinvents Fast Food
Published: April 2009
By Charlotte Druckman
Fast food is getting the artisanal treatment at a new crop of Parisian bistros, where comfort-food classics arrive at your table within minutes.
Burgers are made to order with a list of 10 special sauces in a three-story glass-walled space. Try the one with crisp bacon, cheese, onion marmalade, and barbecue sauce. 100 Rue Myrha, 18th Arr.; 33-1/42-62-08-08; dinner for two $65.
Chef Christian Constant whips up simple, hearty staples such as cod roasted with chorizo and white beans in a cast-iron casserole pan at the sleek counter. 135 Rue St.-Dominique, Seventh Arr.; 33-1/45-50-10-31; dinner for two $60.
The modern bistro is known for its many varieties of crêpes, whether traditional (ham and cheese) or seasonal (chicken, tomato, chopped chive, and citrus confit). 59 Rue St.-Charles, 15th Arr.; 33-1/40-59-84-01; dinner for two $44.
A convivial watering hole with a salvaged 1950’s bar, Charlot serves the perfect post-late-night brunch: eggs Benedict, creamy mac-and-cheese, and chocolate and strawberry milk shakes. 39 Rue Charlot, 13th Arr.; 33-1/44-54-03-30; dinner for two $58.