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.

Hankburgers

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.

Exki – fast, ecological, and tasty meals around Paris

Exki is one of the many new healthy fast-food restaurants that have opened in Paris recently. There are several locations in the city to get a quick salad, juice, and meal for lunch.

Exki has a strong commitment to organic food. Here’s a snippet from their web site:

Nous sélectionnons pour vous les meilleurs ingrédients saisonniers.

Nous refusons l’usage de tout additif.

Certains de nos produits sont labellisés BIO. Par exemple le pain, confectionné et cuit artisanalement sur pierre, sans aucun “améliorant” artificiel. Pour garantir sa fraîcheur, nous terminons sa cuisson, chaque matin, dans nos restaurants.

Sont également BIO : le lait, le yaourt, les jets de légumes, des tartelettes, des biscuits, des confitures,…
Exki philosophie

I have not visited this restaurant yet, so I cannot give a review.

Exki
9, boulevard des Italiens (2°)
118, avenue de France (13°)
82, boulevard du Montparnasse (14°)
01 42 61 06 52

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Gustav’s a Good Choice for Lunch

Fortunately, it is pretty easy to find a healthy lunch in Paris. Sure there are dozens of bistros, cafes, Turkish fast food, and pizza joints in every part of the city. But keep your eye out for the small soup/salad/pasta shops that deliver great vegetarian food at a reasonable cost.
Gustav' Good Choice
Gustav’ Good Choice is a small restaurant on Boulevard Pereire in the 17th. The location is central, but there is very little foot traffic in this part of the street. Gustav has to work even harder to keep bodies walking through the door. This hard work is evident in the small details.

The menu is small but well conceived. You have your choice of salad, soup, pasta, or the plate du jour. Fixed price menus may combine these choices with an optional dessert. Today’s choices were a vegetarian vegetable soup, a green salad, pasta with Gorgonzola and bacon, Eggplant Parmesan, and a chicken and rice dish.

The food is prepared in advance and heated upon ordering. This keeps the service quick and friendly. I had the eggplant dish with a fromage blanc and herbs combination for dessert. Gustav’ provides Eric Kayser bread; just one of the details that make this restaurant a step above.

Gustav is wheelchair friendly. There is a very small step to enter. However, there are no outdoor seats and the interior is rather cramped. I don’t know if they have a public bathroom. Most people take the food back to work or home to eat.

Similar Restaurants

Keep an eye out for these small restaurants. You’ll find a great lunch, fresh food, and friendly service.

Gustav’ Good Choice
154 Blvd Pereire (17°)
09 63 52 01 72
Metro: Pereire, Porte de Champerret
Lunch restaurant
Wheelchair Friendly: very small step to enter, cramped interior
  • Overall: 4/5
  • Location: 3/5
  • Taste: 4/5
  • Service: 5/5
  • Vegetarian Friendly: 4/5
  • Vegan Friendly: 3.5/5
  • M.E.F. Friendly: 4/5

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