American Diner in Paris - Breakfast in America

Seeking Comfort Food at the American Diners in Paris

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Breakfast in America one of the American Diners in Paris
This doesn’t look like my Philly diner but does look like a movie version of an American Diner in Paris

Sometimes you and your stomach just need comfort foods from home (sadly you can’t find Philly soft pretzels or cheesesteaks with Amoroso rolls on the road). After two months away from the U.S. on my sabbatical, I had enjoyed the Spanish tapas, Barcelona food tour, Cava tastings and a month in Italy eating gelato daily and indulging in carbs via the pizza, pasta and wine.  I had a few yens that only a few American diners in Paris would satisfy.  If you think about it, I was living like a local and enjoying these American styled restaurants filled with French people and students.  While the staff spoke English, many of the people around me were speaking French as they enjoyed their American comfort food meals (i.e. -burgers, fries, milkshakes, wraps, etc.).

 

So a few American Diners in Paris finds for your next visit (great if you have kids or picky eaters in your group).

My Pop Paris

With my injured foot, I walked across the street from my hotel, Platine Hotel, to the Beaugrenelle Mall and while Chipolte was tempting, I rode the escalators up passing each floor of food and the M&S.  I settled at the top at the My Pop, a contemporary update on the classic American diner.

Chipotle Paris Mexican Grill at Beaugrenelle
I had no idea that Paris had a Chipotle?!! at Beaugrenelle Mall in the 15th
mypop one of the american diners in paris
mypop is located in the Beaugrenelle Mall in the 15th arr

Expecting to see many tourists as the restaurant has a lovely view over the Seine, it was pretty empty on a Tuesday night.  Frankly, this area of Paris, the 15th arr, doesn’t quite see the influx of tourists that the others do. The restaurant was part of the mall that included the movie theatre and M&S food market which are more neighborhood than tourist attraction. Welcomed with popcorn, I quickly ordered a glass of red wine (my American diner doesn’t serve wine) but had to sit with  my back to the Seine due to the strong sunlight streaming in (a few people in the know, speaking French, were wearing sunglasses at the table and only in Paris does this seem ok to do).

mypop one of the american diners in paris popcorn
Popcorn is served complimentary at mypop american diner in Paris
American condiments at the American Diners in Paris
What’s more American than Heinz ketchup and Frank’s Red Hot?

Looking out at the restaurant, the design is really appealing.  It’s cool, a bit trendy with a spot of fun mixed in – I spied Campbell’s soup cans on the shelf as decorating pieces.

mypop burger restaurant - one of the American Diners in paris
the empty tuesday night dining room at mypop at 7pm (still early for dinner)
mypop one of the american diners in paris 15th arr
MyPop one of the American Diners in Paris at Beaugrenelle Mall in the 15th arr

I was two months away from the U.S. having indulged in Spain, Italy and Malta so I really needed a grilled chicken sandwich and a taste of home. The menu offered me many comfort food choices (I don’t eat nachos, onion rings or mozarella sticks but you get the idea) so I added bacon and avocado to make it a healthy balance (haha!).  With a side of fries and Heinz ketchup, I was a happy girl.  I didn’t need to wander about in search of steak frites or other French dish, my fractured foot led me here.  A chocolate brownie cake for dessert with another glass of red just made it fabulous.

mypop paris american diner in the 15th arr
simple, classic grilled chicken (poulet) in paris at mypop diner
MyPop American diner in Paris chocolate cake
In Paris, just say “yes” to chocolate it’s that much better – this is the flourless chocolate cake at mypop diner

My meal cost €34.00 (sandwich, bottled water, two glasses of wine and chocolate dessert).

Breakfast in America

Last year, my niece and I found comfort at Breakfast in America – I loved the sandwiches, my niece loved the milkshakes.  We visited the café for breakfast and two dinners because my niece really enjoyed food she knew (milkshakes, California wraps, eggs and bacon).  It was definitely kid friendly even if she was the only kid in the joint.

One of the American Diners in Paris - Breakfast in America in the 5th arr
Breakfast in America since 2003 serving comfort food as one of the American diners in Paris

So this year, when I stayed in the 5th arr, at Hotel Atmospheres again, I visited Breakfast in America because it was reliable, reasonably priced and good.  I still haven’t tried their burgers that many students were enjoying (the Sorbonne is nearby).

Breakfast in America diner in Paris menu
Classic American diner menu graphics
Breakfast in America one of the American Diners in Paris
This doesn’t look like my Philly diner but does look like a movie version of an American Diner in Paris

Their small space is classic American diner with the red leather seats, counter service and chrome details. There are a few booths, a communal table and a few small tables.   It’s like stepping back in time (before my time) into a movie of the 50’s diner.   The menu has enough choice to satisfy everyone.  With specials during the week and brunch on the weekends, it does get crowded (no reservations).

Grilled Chicken Bacon Avocado Paris sandwich American diner
Grilled Chicken, bacon and avocado was my new Parisian sandwich at Breakfast in America

My meal cost €11 (grilled chicken sandwich with bacon, fries and filtered (free) water).

Loulou’ Friendly Diner

Walking around the city, I passed a café that was full of happy people during the day so I made a note to return later. When I returned the next night for dinner, I realized it was a cute diner (inside) named Loulou’ Friendly Diner with an outdoor seating area on Blvd Saint-Germain and everyone was eating burgers so I ordered a burger. With a mix of students, couples and groups of friends, this seemed like a popular café and I can see why. I was definitely an observer here noticing all the details in the food, the service and the décor.  The service was attentive and friendly.  I felt weird taking photos here and sticking out as the tourist I was that I just sat and enjoyed the atmosphere while drinking wine.

When my burger arrived it was massive and full of toppings.  The burger was a messy delight which paired well with a glass of red wine.  The burger was so filling that I couldn’t finish it which meant I had to pass on dessert!  (such a travesty).

My meal cost €24 (burger and a glass of wine).

Burger Bonus: Hamler’s Burgery

In search of dinner, I spied a shop named Hamler’s Burgery, that reminded me of Shake Shack.  Staying in Paris for a week, this was my second burger.  With the menu on the side wall, it was easy to order and add a glass of wine (it’s Paris, wine is essential).  I wanted something that wasn’t expensive, seemed quick and looked good – a place where I could happily eat alone without issue.

Burgers in Paris at Hamler's Burgery
Burgers in Paris at Hamler’s Burgery
Hamler's Burgery Menu in Paris
Hamler’s Burgery menu – reasonably priced burgers in the 5th arr of Paris
Hamler's Burgery Paris burgers for kids
Hamler’s Burgery Paris small dining area in front – larger one in back

The décor really didn’t scream Paris, you could be anywhere USA enjoying a burger, fries and a milkshake.  The food was freshly prepared and delivered to my table since there wasn’t a crowd. The portion size was good and the food was quite tasty.  It’s funny that for a moment I felt guilty eating a burger in Paris but then with greasy yumminess in hand, I quickly forgot that and my stomach was happy.

Hamler's Burgery Paris burgers
Simple burger at Hamler’s Burgery Paris
Hamler's Burgery Paris burger and fries
It somehow seems wrong to have a glass of wine with my fast casual burger and fries at Hamler’s

My meal cost €18.50 (burger with bacon, side of fries, glass of wine and a cookie to go)

So just because you are in Paris, doesn’t mean you need to go only to French cafes in search of the “authentic” meal and experience (I will have a post on three French foodie finds soon).  You can easily find a bit of the local experience at these American diners in Paris – your American stomach will thank you!

 

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