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.

Pain, Vin, Fromages – the name says it all.

Pain, Vin, Fromage restaurant in Paris at NightHow long will you be in France? A day, week, or month? Will you have enough time to experience the best aspects of French cuisine? Maybe, if you visit Pain, Vin, Fromages, a small restaurant in the Marais district of Paris. The name says it all, you’ll find great bread and a wide assortment of French cheeses and wines.

I haven’t had the opportunity to eat here yet, but I’ve walked by and it looked very good. Of course, I’m a bit jaded. I have two major vices: bread and cheese. So this restaurant hit a soft spot.

The menu

Their menu is simple and well thought out. The items, not surprisingly, fall into three categories: bread, wine, and cheese. Each item, from the bread sticks to the 50 varieties of cheese, is carefully chosen and paired with wine by Vincent Durand, the resident oenologist.

Vegans are not going to find a lot of choices at this restaurant. But lacto vegetarians should love the extensive cheese selections, tartines, and most importantly the fondues.

Pain, Vin, Fromages is conveniently located near the Centre Pompidou in the Marais. It’s only open for dinner.

Pain, vin, fromages restaurant
3, Rue Geoffroy-l’Angevin, 75004 Paris (4°)
01 42 74 07 52
Open everyday from 7 p.m. to 11.30 p.m.
Metro: Rambuteau
Wine bar

Kosher Pizza invades Falafel Alley

Kosher Pizza in ParisWhat is a pizza joint doing on a street dedicated to falafel? It’s bringing back a bit of Paris history and that is a good thing for us. The street has been a bit sad for years as the old Kosher Pizza restaurant sat empty and boarded up. Perhaps rue de Rosiers is returning to its history of kosher food instead of the latest batch of clothing stores.

Kosher food does not allow dairy and meat to be served or cooked together. That means this is a vegetarian pizza restaurant by default. You can even have it sans cheese for your vegan fix.

The lack of meat is not the only thing different about the Kosher Pizza Restaurant. The walls are covered with Orthodox Jewish posters and scripts instead of Venetian sunsets, the standard images of Michelangelo’s David have also been replaced with rabbi photos; which reminds me a bit of the Rabbi trading cards available from Archie McPhee in Seattle.

The Pizza

Kosher Pizza in Paris
The pizza has a ridiculously thin crust. It is more like a cracker than the dough you’d see in a thick crusted pizza. Perhaps this is a nod to matzo.

The pizza options are mostly variations of onion, leek, egg, olives, and eggplant. It’s a bit surprising to see pizza names, like nicoise, and not see the traditional meat ingredient listed.

I was a bit worried when I sat down and watched a young couple eat three pizzas. I was unfortunately brought up with the concept of quantity over quality at pizza joints. Forget the California bite sized pizzas, bring on the buy 1 get 3 free delivery specials.

However, I was pleasantly surprised at how filling the provincial pizza was. It’s a cracker thin crust with sauce, a sprinkling of cheese, and topped with ratatouille. The cheese is so minimal that I’m sure vegans would love this pizza without the cheese. The toppings blended nicely with the sauce.

Kosher Pizza is obviously closed on sabbath and Jewish holidays. It’s a bit more expensive than its falafel neighbors, but you’ll appreciate the unique experience.

Kosher Pizza
17 rue des Rosiers (4°)
Metro: St. Paul
01 48 87 56 88
Wheelchair Friendly: Wow! This is very accessible. There are no steps to enter and the bathroom is easily reached from the dining area. Even the tables are wheelchair friendly.
  • Overall: 4/5
  • Value: 3/5
  • Location: 5/5
  • Taste: 4/5
  • Vegetarian Options: 5/5
  • Vegan Options: 5/5

Want a little penis with your panini?

Paris boulangerie
LeGay Choc is a fun boulangerie in the Marais district. It’s probably best known for its window filled with penis shaped bread and chocolate. But this place is more than phallic treats, it also has a nice selection of vegetarian goodies.

LeGay Choc also features a nice selection of tartines, sandwiches, and quiches. I was in there a few weeks ago getting some croissants for breakfast and was surprised by the selection. I’d say they were filled with good taste, but lets just say the food tasted good 🙂

There are lots of vegetarian options in the Marais. Keep LeGay Choc in mind when looking for a simple, fun lunch idea. It’s also the best place to get a sourdough zizi for the next dinner party.

LeGay Choc
17 rue des Archives (4°)
45 rue Ste Croix de la Bretonnerie (4°)
33 rue  Rambuteau (4°)
Metro: Rambuteau, St. Paul
01 48 87 56 88
Wheelchair Friendly: Entrance and bakery are tight and can be crowded.
  • Overall: 4/5
  • Value: 4/5
  • Location: 4/5
  • Taste: 4/5
  • Vegetarian Options: 3.5/5
  • Vegan Options: 2.5/5
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Piccolo Teatro in the Marais is now closed

Piccolo Teatro
The Piccolo Teatro was a small, romantic restaurant in the Marais district. After reading reviews on the internet, I was anxious to try it. Unfortunately, this restaurant’s web site (the web site is also gone) states they are closed and in fact the place is for sale.

Gordon Ramsay Steps In

This restaurant was featured on Gordon Ramsey‘s television show. He tried to give the owner a new chance to succeed. Alas, this wasn’t successful. I’ve posted this information to let people know the status, there are plenty of outdated mentions on other sites.

Piccolo Teatro
6, rue des Ecouffes (4°)
01 42 72 17 79
Metro: St-Paul
Closed Restaurant

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