Escargots in Paris

Old May 21st, 2008, 06:09 AM
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Old May 21st, 2008, 07:26 AM
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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.
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Old May 21st, 2008, 07:33 AM
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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).
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Old May 21st, 2008, 07:35 AM
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Right, Patrick. My father used to say that sawdust would taste good in the sauce they put on escargot.
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Johnny Carson is purported to have told a waiter, "I'll have an order of escargot. Hold the snails."
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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.
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Names from Brittany are full of C's and K's.
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Old May 21st, 2008, 09:34 AM
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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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Kerouac
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Old May 21st, 2008, 11:26 AM
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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.
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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.

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Old May 21st, 2008, 11:43 AM
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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."
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Old May 21st, 2008, 12:24 PM
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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.
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Old May 21st, 2008, 01:23 PM
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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.
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Old May 21st, 2008, 07:41 PM
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<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!
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Casual and inexpensive place that serves escargots: Chez Papa. Locations all over Paris.
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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).
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No, NP, they definitely DO have escargots on them. As well as cheese. Maybe it's only served in Brussels.
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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.
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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.

http://sites.resto.com/lefruitdefendu/
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Léon in Brussels does not have snails on their menu, unless I missed something.

Here is the menu:

http://uk.chezleon.be/images/files/CarteLeon2008.pdf

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

French Léon menu here:

http://www.leon-de-bruxelles.fr/bien...n/la_carte.php
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