What to eat, what to drink and what to order. – savors of Paris not to miss.
When we travel we always say that we want to try all sorts of new foods and local dishes. But in the end intimidating menus and very often pure exhaustion lead us to ordering something simple an familiar like le hamburger or the poulet roti. so here are a few community dishes and items that I think people shouldn’t miss.
For an easy dish that you can pretty much get at any café or restaurant go for the Croque Monsieur. The basic idea I that this is a ham sandwich with really thick creme fraiche, layered with spreadable cheese, and then topped with another cheese and grilled. Usually served with fries or salad or both this dish is the childhood love of all French people – it is the sort of thing their grandma’s made them when they were kids. Add a runny egg on top and you’ve got a Croque Madame. pair this with a tap beer (or after a few) and you’ve got a great late night meal, or lunch, or snack, or breakfast!
Confit de canard! If you see this on the menu always get it. Even if you are convinced that you don’t like duck I guarantee that after tasting the crispy, buttery, garlicky heaven that is this French dish you will not regret it! Get it with purée de maison and fresh veggies if you can. Pair it with a good red wine (I suggest a bourgeuil or something in a Bordeaux. )
When you are ordering drinks for the family for the kids there is always coke but in Paris there are no refills! Coke is served in glass bottle and runs somewhere about 3.20€. That gets really expensive after a while. Try instead ordering “grenadine à l’eau” or sirups in water. It is cheap( sometimes free for -3 years old), sweet, lots of different flavors, and not super horrible for them. Make it more exciting by ordering a big bottle of sparkling water for the table and order a “supplément de sirop”. When you want just tap water ask for “un carafe d’eau” otherwise you may be paying for water ( though bottled water tastes millions times better and hasn’t been sitting around in dusty, opened bottles all week.)