Escargots in Paris

Old May 20th, 2008, 10:24 AM
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Escargots in Paris

Haven't been to Paris in a while. Could anyone recommend a good escargot experience?
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Old May 20th, 2008, 10:26 AM
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No, but I look forward to hearing the responses. I LOVE escargot!!!
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Old May 20th, 2008, 10:32 AM
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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.
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Old May 20th, 2008, 11:00 AM
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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.

http://tinyurl.com/6f546k
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Old May 20th, 2008, 11:07 AM
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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.
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Old May 20th, 2008, 11:17 AM
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I had wonderful escargot at Allard last year.
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Old May 20th, 2008, 11:22 AM
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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!
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kerouac is a current Parisien.
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Old May 20th, 2008, 12:25 PM
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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.
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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.

http://tinyurl.com/5lvha4
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This photo album will a lot of escargots being eaten. Of course the snails are served in bigger amounts than the Parisians.

http://www.pyreneesmediterraneanliving.com/

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

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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.
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BM for October trip!!!!!!!
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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.

Yum.

Crefloors - I've wondered about those shell/escargot kits here in the US too.
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Travelnut, thanks. I recalled in another thread kerouac was not American and the name sounds French.

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mycatmiko,
great photo, thanks!!!

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http://www.geobeats.com/videoclips/f...scargot-dining

I saw trays of frozen ones that looked just like that at the "Bastille Day on 60th St" street fair in NYC.
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Our local Safeway now carries frozen mussels in sauce; perhaps escargots will be up next?
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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).
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