New local tradition : eat a burger?

I was quite amused by this article in the New York Times about the invasion of burgers in Paris. The raves, however, are not for the variation that you find in McD nor Quick (of course not, the blasphemy!) but rather some “Frenchified” burgers. Yup, even burgers are not exactly burgers in this city of gourmet food lovers. Got to be Paris chic, baby. ;-)

Burgers served at the Café Salle Pleyel
(Image by Ed Alcook for the NYT)

How? By doing what the French do best – redefining burgers with new taste (using herbs, fleur de sel etc), new texture (why not use T-bone steak?), or new ingredients altogether (foie gras burger anyone?).

As a good measure, the NYT also throws in a few recipes to try:

So will you be ordering a burger the next time you eat out at a restaurant? Or will you be cooking some at home this evening?

On a side note, I am not sure if I care for remarks such as “expatriate French chefs reinventing American classics in the United States made it safe for their countrymen to try it back home”. Now, come on!

4 Comments so far

  1. seurann on July 17th, 2008 @ 2:17 pm

    If I can comment, it seems that it’s mostly a "upper class" restaurant thing… Actually I’ve been spoiled with a real american burger baked on the barbecue with home made sauce. And I’m not sure I would pay 30€ for a burger, even with foie gras inside…

  2. Lil (lilianl) on July 17th, 2008 @ 3:07 pm

    Hehe, actually there’s quite a lot to that article that I didn’t quite like (I’ve lost count of the number of times I rolled my eyes) and like you, I will not pay that price for a burger – not when Evan makes a really good one at home (cf 4th July BBQ on my usual blog) and I get fed there for free :p

  3. seurann on July 17th, 2008 @ 3:39 pm

    exactly and it makes me wonder if it’s not a purely "marketing" thing to attract tourists…

  4. Lil (lilianl) on July 22nd, 2008 @ 5:42 pm

    hmmm… to make paris more "american-friendly" so to speak? interesting idea… ;)

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