East Side Burgers is Paris’s first 100% vegetarian fast-food joint.
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but Paris isn’t the best place for vegans and vegetarians. Obviously you can always order things without meat and whatnot, but what about places dedicated to this lifestyle? I always felt like when I get asked about where to go if you’re a vegan, I never have much to say. Now I do and I’m stoked about it.
One doesn’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy a delicious veggie burger!
The way East Side works is simple: you queue up, choose your burger, drink, etc. & make your order, have a seat, and they’ll call your name when your burger is ready.
East Side serves two or three different kinds of burgers a day. The day that Steph and I popped in, the choices were their Fromager burger & their Basque burger. I went with the Basque, which had a basque style tofu patty, caramelized spicy pepper, tomato & cheddar cheese. It was so delicious, and the perfect size. Their fries were equally delicous and I was thrilled to have room in my belly for both and not feel overly full.
The basement cant seat about 20 people (according to their website) and the turnover is relatively quick. I got the feeling most people in the line were getting burgers to go, as after a 15 minute wait before ordering, we went downstairs to the dining room and half of the tables were open.
It gets better. They don’t just serve burgers. They had all of their desserts (cheesecake!) on display that was quite tempting. They also carry vegan quiches and cheese nuggets amongst other snacks. You can even just stop in for a hot dog.
East Side Burgers
60, boulevard Voltaire, 75011
Métro: Saint Ambroise (9)/Richard Lenoir (5)
Sometimes a dinner out is exactly what I need. It’s always a tickle to my tummy to have to pick a restaurant for a date. This particular evening, Louis and I picked L’Eclair, a somewhat new spot on Rue Cler in the 7th arrondissement. I had been here for cocktails a few times prior, but always drooled when I saw them serve the food. It was destiny to go back for a date with my chou.
Don’t get me wrong, I love cooking at home, but a little push to treat ourselves for a dinner out every once in a while is a nice change of pace. Wouldn’t you say?
L’Eclair’s cocktail list is pretty rad. And unique. You can even do cocktails to share, punch-style, people. I stuck with my favorite cocktail there, the Navy Tea (Hendrick’s gin, fresh cucumber, honey, lime & Ginger Ale). Louis went with the Julep which was decked out with some fruit & mint and adorably crushed ice. I totally dig their Maker’s Mark cups. I’ve got to find me some of those…
The menus themselves are even lovely. The fonts & style. Yum!
And of course concerning the grub. We both couldn’t resist burgers that night, they sounded too damn good. And they were delicious. Home run.
The atmosphere is a bit noisy, so this place isn’t recommended if you’re looking for a quite and calm place to chat and such. It’s rather dark, but with beautiful furniture and decoration with upbeat tunes and vintagy goodness. I dig the casual-ness of this bar. It’s quite trendy.
Completely off-topic, but I hear their brunch is to die for.
I definitely recommend L’Eclair for a date. Even for pre-dinner cocktails. And it’s like a 5 minute walk to the Eiffel Tower… just sayin’.
You can check them out on Facebook and on Yelp for visual proof and reviews.
32 rue Cler, 75007
Tél: 01 44 18 09 04
Métro: École Militaire/La Tour Maubourg (8)