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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

I can be anything you want me to be. The magic of the internet!

Sarvowinner May 21st, 2008 06:09 AM


Very enigmatic!

cigalechanta May 21st, 2008 07:26 AM

Saturday is National Escargot Day here in the US.
Those lucky to be in New York,
One if by Land, Two if by Sea
at 17 Barrow St(7th ave.south) is preparing an all-snail menu.
available thursday through Saturday.

NeoPatrick May 21st, 2008 07:33 AM

Snails have been eating our tropical foliage here in Florida like crazy. Come to Naples and you can have all you want for free. If you take a minimum of three dozen, I'll even throw in a head of garlic and a stick of butter.

Just about any time they are offered as the first course on a menu in Paris, I order them. They always seem to be great (although I'm convinced that if they were rubber erasers, they'd still be just as good in all that butter and garlic).

Nikki May 21st, 2008 07:35 AM

Right, Patrick. My father used to say that sawdust would taste good in the sauce they put on escargot.

JulieVikmanis May 21st, 2008 07:48 AM

Johnny Carson is purported to have told a waiter, "I'll have an order of escargot. Hold the snails."

Christina May 21st, 2008 09:14 AM

My dad used to say the same thing about some food -- that anything would taste good if drowned in butter and garlic (or whipped cream).

I don't even like escargots much, they don't have much flavor, as they are just sort of garden slug refuse as far as I'm concerned. But I think Le Vieux Bistro near Notre Dame does them as good as any, and if I really were seeking that out, I'd go to the restaurant with the snail over the door which is a historic building (and sign) -- L'Escargot Montorgueil, which is at 38 rue Montorgueil. That is their specialty, I guess.

I just finished reading On the Road by Kerouac, coincidentally. The name doesn't sound French to me at all, since they don't even have a k in French much. He claims his ancestors were from Ireland, then Brittany and the name is of Breton derivation.

kerouac May 21st, 2008 09:31 AM

Names from Brittany are full of C's and K's.

cigalechanta May 21st, 2008 09:34 AM

I have seen the Ks alot in Brittany. He did speak a French Canadian dialect. He was born in Lowell, Ma. where they celebrate him every year.

elizacat May 21st, 2008 11:26 AM

I was in Paris in Sep 06. Had great escargot at Au Bourguignon du Marais at 52 rue Francois Miron in the Marais near Pompidou. The escargot were served out of their shells(easy to eat) in a bright green delicious sauce. This is a very nice little bistro in general, specializing in Burgundy wines at reasonable prices with good service. The night we were there it was very popular with mostly a French crowd.

Nikki May 21st, 2008 11:42 AM

In 1972 I spent a summer between college years traveling in Europe. My friend and I were on a train in Switzerland. My friend was reading "On the Road" and the guy across from me was reading "Sur la Route".

And so they were.

NeoPatrick May 21st, 2008 11:43 AM

Something you'll never hear in a restaurant -- "your escargot are so fresh and so good, just bring them to me plain with no garlic and no sauce."

BTilke May 21st, 2008 12:24 PM

Although I love escargots in the classic way--butter, garlic, parsley--I also can't resist them in Badische schneckensuppe (Baden snail soup), a lovely soup made with snails, shallots, cream, celery, carrots, leek and veal stock. I'm trying to make them for us at home, but I can't get shallots! Both Waitrose and Sainsbury's have been unable to get shallots in for a month.
Fortunately, I will be in Brussels this week-end, I will try and pick some up there.

My other favorite escargot dish can be found at Leon's chain restaurants--mussels topped with escargot and cheese. Yes, there's plenty of butter too. My arteries allow me this dish once a year.

There's a Leon's in Paris (at least one), you might want to sample escargots in this dish as well as the usual way.

NeoPatrick May 21st, 2008 01:23 PM

BTilke, I love mussels at Leon's, but opening the shells is a bit much for my partner so he always gets the "mussels escargot style" which I think is what you are talking about, but they don't have escargots on them -- they are just served "like" escargot. What's more after he finishes the entire platter of them, they always offer a second one for free -- but he never takes it.

ciaodeb May 21st, 2008 07:41 PM


<Saturday is National Escargot Day here in the US. Those lucky to be in New York, . . .>

I will be in NYC this Saturday for a play and will look for escargot on menu in restaurant our friends are taking us to!!! THANKS!!!!

NOW, for L'Escargot Montorgueil, I watched the video clip MademoiselleFifi had kindly provided and this elegant restaurant is suited for my 15 year old dh. Lady in beginning of video says there are many places to have escarot. Do you know of other, more casual and less expensive places? I cannot imagine every restaurant offers them. MERCI!

kerouac May 21st, 2008 09:05 PM

Casual and inexpensive place that serves escargots: Chez Papa. Locations all over Paris.

MademoiselleFifi May 21st, 2008 10:35 PM

Are you serious? There's a "National escargot day" here?! Is it annual or just a one-time thing? That all-snails menu sure sounds interesting-- if tomorrow weren't the last evening before my very unprepared trip to London, I'd be very tempted. (Every time I come to this forum trying to search for London info, I get sidetracked reading all the Paris threads instead).

BTilke May 21st, 2008 10:58 PM

No, NP, they definitely DO have escargots on them. As well as cheese. Maybe it's only served in Brussels.

NeoPatrick May 22nd, 2008 04:50 AM

Well, that's possible. I've never been to a Leon's in Brussels, but at the four or five Leon de Bruxelles branches we've eaten at in Paris (maybe 15 times total) their very popular dish, "Les Moules à “l’Escargot” gratinées", are simply open faced mussels with garlic, butter, parsley, and cheese -- or mussels served "in the style of escargot". It's hard to imagine that such a big chain with Bruxelles in their name wouldn't be doing one of their primary dishes the same in all their restaurants. But I can assure you that anyone would eat these mussels and "think" they were eating escargot. I'm sure the word escargot in the name makes lots of people think they are eating escargot when they aren't. But since I've never eaten them at one of their restaurants in Brussels, I'll have to take your word for it that there and there alone, it is an entirely different dish from what it is in Paris. Why that is, I can't imagine.

Here's their menu with the gratineed escargot style mussels en plaque listed.

BTilke May 22nd, 2008 08:05 AM

Yes, I know the dish you mean, and that is also a tasty temptation, which I plan to resist this week-end. But occasionally once or twice we've had a dish there with the real things included.

FYI, if you get to Brussels, a nice new restaurant to try (watch the short video on their web site). Great food in an excellent non touristy neighborhood. And they do have snails on the menu--occasionally.

kerouac May 22nd, 2008 09:45 AM

Léon in Brussels does not have snails on their menu, unless I missed something.

Here is the menu:

It is a much bigger menu than the Léon offshoots in France.

French Léon menu here:

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