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Peter2 May 20th, 2008 10:24 AM

Escargots in Paris
Haven't been to Paris in a while. Could anyone recommend a good escargot experience?

zelphiacat May 20th, 2008 10:26 AM

No, but I look forward to hearing the responses. I LOVE escargot!!!

crefloors May 20th, 2008 10:32 AM

I've orderd them several times at different brasseries...can't remember where..and they were always good. I think it would be hard to go wrong.

cigalechanta May 20th, 2008 11:00 AM

This is a restaurant famous for it's escargots. Too bad the photo is dark, you can't appreciate the huge snail that sits above the entrance.

kerouac May 20th, 2008 11:07 AM

It's impossible to go wrong because every ordinary place buys them frozen with the garlic butter already in the shells (usually from the German wholesaler Metro, but also from Picard and some other places). You just put the snails in the oven for about 10 minutes until the butter starts bubbling in the shells. It is always good, and the customers never know the difference.

I have several packages myself in my freezer for snail emergencies.

ekscrunchy May 20th, 2008 11:17 AM

I had wonderful escargot at Allard last year.

ciaodeb May 20th, 2008 11:22 AM

A great question, Peter2.

Thank you, Cigalechanta, I printed out the restaurant you gave and the page with the snails made my mouth water. They prepare them so many different ways!

Kerouac- are you living in USA, I don't think so but if yes, where did you buy the frozen snails? I have never seen them in US supermarkets. Maybe from a restaurt distributor but not retail. MERCI!

Travelnut May 20th, 2008 11:26 AM

kerouac is a current Parisien.

crefloors May 20th, 2008 12:25 PM

I've seen snails in the supermarket but not frozen. I have seen them in a kind of "snail kit" I guess. The shells are packaged on top of a can of snails. I have never tried them so have no clue if they are good or not.

mycatmiko May 20th, 2008 12:46 PM

Cigale -

I ate at L'Escargot Montorgueil in November. That was the place we chose for our big night out. My boyfriend had never had snails and he's now a fan. That was one of the top meals of my life. Here's a better picture of the snail.

blackduff May 20th, 2008 01:19 PM

This photo album will a lot of escargots being eaten. Of course the snails are served in bigger amounts than the Parisians.

They're served with bread and aioli plus lots of good red wine.


mms May 20th, 2008 01:21 PM

kerouac--That is too funny! We took the kids to Paris when they were around ages 7 and 10. They loved the escargot. We were at the store one day and saw the big bag of frozen ones, and the kids were begging us to buy it and take it home. If we could have found a way, we would have. It was quite a large bag too.

GiuliaPiraino May 20th, 2008 01:22 PM

BM for October trip!!!!!!!

zelphiacat May 20th, 2008 01:26 PM

Along the same lines, I remember when I was living in Lisbon and at certain times of the year little cafes would have their entire front windows covered in the tiny periwinkle snails. You'd order up a batch and they'd give you a toothpick and saucer of garlic butter.


Crefloors - I've wondered about those shell/escargot kits here in the US too.

ciaodeb May 20th, 2008 06:53 PM

Travelnut, thanks. I recalled in another thread kerouac was not American and the name sounds French.

It is nice to get many people from various counties on this board!

cigalechanta May 20th, 2008 07:07 PM

great photo, thanks!!!

mimi who loves cats besides her dog, Pastis

MademoiselleFifi May 20th, 2008 07:39 PM

I saw trays of frozen ones that looked just like that at the "Bastille Day on 60th St" street fair in NYC.

Underhill May 20th, 2008 08:27 PM

Our local Safeway now carries frozen mussels in sauce; perhaps escargots will be up next?

Travelnut May 21st, 2008 05:11 AM

never said Kerouac wasn't American, just that he lives in Paris. (Jack Kerouac was a famous American writer of the "Beat Generation", primarily the 40's and 50's).

kerouac May 21st, 2008 05:18 AM

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