Hank Vegan Burgers

I remember talking to a guy that told me how much he hated Paris. Shocked, I asked him why. Well it turns out he visited the Charles DeGaulle airport and didn’t bother leaving the airport area. But what really ticked him off, was that the hotel’s fancy restaurant didn’t know how to make a hamburger! So they chopped up a steak, barely grilled it, and served it on a brioche for $40.

Hank Burger entrance

So what does this have to do with a vegan hamburger restaurant? Paris has changed it’s view on the lowly burger over the years. Places like Hippo, McDonalds, and other chains have introduced cheap burgers and bistros have begun featuring fancy burgers more often on their menus. The steak tartar has been cooked, stacked, and covered with a fried egg.

Hank Vegan Burger

Hank is taking this appreciation for the burger and replacing the meat with vegan goodness. The Hankburger menu includes a variety of burgers and side dishes. For those more adventurous tourists, the Touriste burger changes with the seasons.

The burgers are seriously hand-crafted. They take their time making sure everything is perfectly placed on the bun. For me, the standout of the meal were the fries and their vegan mayonaise.

For the burger, I thought it was good. In the vegan world, there are two approaches:

  1. Imitate meat
  2. Ignore meat and emphasize vegan proteins

I’d say Hank falls in the second camp. This was a tasty sandwich, but I wouldn’t call it a burger. I point this out for your meat eating friends, as they may be disappointed by the lack of texture and chew. If they are ready for a vegan sandwich, they’ll be happy customers.

Hank burger, fries, mayonnaise, mustard, and ketchup

Hank is located in the Marais district on Rue des Archives. It’s a small restaurant with a large takeout clientele. It’s a great street food alternative to the nearby Falafel restaurants. It’s open for lunch and dinner.


Hank Burger about to be eaten

Hank Vegan Burgers
55 rue des Archives 75003 Paris (3°)
09 72 44 03 99
Metro: Rambuteau (11), Filles Du Calvaire (8), St Sébastien-Froissart (8)
Fast Food
  • Overall: 4/5
  • Location: 3/5
  • Taste: 4/5
  • Service: 5/5
  • Vegetarian Friendly: 5/5
  • Vegan Friendly: 5/5
  • M.E.F. Friendly: 2/5
  • Accessibility: 3/5

Accessibility: the entrance and restroom are on the ground floor, but there is insufficient room for a wheelchair to access the restroom.

Pink Flamingo – Pizza with a funky twist

How can you go wrong with a pizza joint that proudly boasts its connection to John Water’s movie Pink Flamingos? Pink Flamingo pizza boxes Not to mention the old school punk music, ala Ramones, on the speakers. Did I mention the VW bus parked on the street as an alternate dining table? Oh, and they have some great, inventive vegetarian pizzas.

Pink Flamingo is all that and more.
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Le Potager du Marais

Le Potager du MaraisThere’s something deeply satisfying about a bowl of vegetarian French Onion Soup. Traditionally, this dish features a rich broth of beef consume with onions sauteed to a dark color and a large crouton floating on top. All of this is smothered with melted cheese. The soup makes you feel like a warm embrace by your favorite grandmother; if it’s possible to have a favorite.

But alas, beef doesn’t sit well with the vegetarian in us. My favorite chef, Jacques Brosse, once created a heavenly French Onion Soup with a rich wine base for me. It was one of the best dishes I’ve ever tasted. Jacques is about to open a new restaurant in Paris, so watch for the news.

It was with these high expectations that I ordered a bowl of Onion Soup from Le Potager du Marais. First off, the soup was good. It wasn’t great. It didn’t make me jump up and scream “Mother Trudy, come here and give me a big fat hug!”

Frankly, I don’t think jumping up would even be possible in this tiny table with a long community table. It would have been more like asking the person next to you to stand up, pull the table out, extricate yourself between two other diners, stand up and then yell “Mother Trudy, come here and give me a bit fat hug!”
Vegetarian French Onion soupThe Onion soup had a rich broth but could’ve used more onions. Instead of a big hunk of crouton, the soup was dotted with smaller chunks. Frankly, the smaller chunks are much easier to manage. It was then covered with a thin layer of cheese. It was also a tad bit salty for my taste. The bread they served on the side was also a bit bland.

Don’t get me wrong, Le Potager is a popular, friendly restaurant that features a great menu of vegetarian and vegan food. There were several daily specials, including vegetable curry, broccoli soup, and pasta primavera. The other diners licked their plates clean. The lady next to me just about died when her nattily atired boyfriend held his curry plate up and licked the last drop off.

It’s just that the Onion Soup had a lot to live up to. It’s hard to beat a memory.

Le Potager du Marais is super easy to find. It’s just down the street from the Rambuteau metro. It’s a great place to get something to eat after spending a day at the Pompideu. Be forewarned, this restaurant is tiny and packed. It’s a good idea to make a reservation during peak hours. However, they are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Surprisingly, they do not accept Cheque Dejeuner (subsidized lunch tickets for those that work in Paris).

Le Potager du Marais
22, rue Rambuteau (3°)
01 42 74 24 66
Metro: Rambuteau
Organic Restaurant
Cheque Dejeuner are not accepted
Wheelchair Friendly: This restaurant is not wheelchair friendly. It is very tight inside.
  • Overall: 4/5
  • Location: 5/5
  • Taste: 4/5
  • Service: 4/5
  • Vegetarian Friendly: 5/5
  • Vegan Friendly: 5/5
  • M.E.F. Friendly: 3/5

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Au Levain du Marais – 3rd Arr.

I have not visited this restaurant yet. The information comes from Vivre bio à Paris.

Au Levain du Marais
32, rue de Turenne (3°)
01 42 78 07 31
Saint-Paul or Chemin-Vert
  • Overall: unrrated/5
  • Location: 4.5/5 stars
  • Taste: unrated
  • Service: unrated
  • Vegetarian Friendly: unrated
  • Vegan Friendly: unrated
  • M.E.F. Friendly: unrated

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