I tested two more burger joints in the last couple of days and I am telling you, the competition is really heating up! Now, the ones I am listing here serve other food than just burgers which was the criteria for my first list. BTW, I learned from that post that cross-posting on Facebook can have very positive effects on blog traffic – I had my biggest day ever when I posted to Big Fernand’s Facebook page and collected 300+ hits (a lot for a micro-blog like this one) almost entirely off of that page.
A couple of weeks ago, I tried Razowski’s (note that the link seems to be broken for some reason) and was not all that impressed. Maybe it is not too fair because I had to bike back home so the burgers weren’t all that warm when they were served, but still, it seemed to be pretty standard burgers and pretty greasy fries. I was not really all that impressed. I believe they serve other food than burgers including salads and tuna but I think they are most known for these burgers. Well, it was good (and would have been better warm) but rather small portions and rather expensive as well.
This week I had lunch at Schwartz’s in the 4th. This place is so amazing. Actually, I had to try the “Very, very best pastrami sandwich” and my friend had the burger but we shared. Now, the name of the place and particularly its location in the Marais are a dead giveaway to the Jewish origins of the restaurant and the decor is clearly New York, so I had high hopes for the pastrami and was not disappointed. This article however is about burgers so let me say that I tasted a bit of the burger that my friend ordered and was blown away. Delicious, huge portion (my friend had trouble finishing it), well-prepared and seasoned burger patty, fresh buns…and crispy onion rings – one of the best burgers I have had in a long time. Maybe better than the Big Fernard but at the least very close. If you are in the Marais, duck into Schwartz’s on rue des Ecouffes and you will NOT be disappointed.
There was an article posted by the guy from Goody’s that commented on the original burger post and this article was written all about the explosion of food trucks around Paris and even in other cities in France. I reviewed the Camion qui Fume last time and have honestly not made it to Goody’s yet (they were in Saint-Ouen today or else I would have gone there), and they mentioned yet another burger truck called Cantine California that I did not know on the chic Marché Raspail in the 7th. I spoke with Jordan who is in the photo here on the left and seems to be at least the part owner of the truck. He has been doing the burger truck thing for about 6 months working with fresh, organic beef, artisanal buns, and cuts his own potatoes every day. They serve tacos in addition to burgers so I’ll have to go back for those some time soon. The burger was delicious – just the right size, cooked medium rare as I asked with a light bbq sauce and some roquefort cheese if memory serves. Honestly, I preferred this burger to the one at le Camion qui Fume and I don’t understand why Jordan has only 3500 Likes on Facebook to the 13k or more for Camion qui Fume. In any case, they are great burgers as long as you either (a) are wealthy enough to live in the 7th and thus can take them home before they get cold or (b) don’t mind eating standing up because there is nowhere to sit and no peaceful park close enough to walk with warm burgers. I’d love to see what they would do with a more permanent space, especially since in that case, they could serve California beers or California wines (Jordan explained that the open container laws in Paris forbid the purchase and consumption of alcohol on a market. They can do wine tastings and they can sell wine but they cannot sell you a bottle and allow you to drink it there).
So there you go, another three burgers reviewed. I think my favorite for the ambiance (80’s music 🙂 is Big Fernand, for the flavor is Schwartz’s, and for the rugged, outdoor feeling would be Cantina California. Which one do you prefer?