After five month in Paris, we were craving some authentic deli. There are lots of restaurants that claim to serve a certain type of food but they usually are not what you expect and thus a disappointment. We found ourselves in the heart of the Marais where there is a very large and flourishing Jewish community. Mitch remembered seeing a deli there so we searched it out. Violá, there is was, Schwartz’s Deli in the heart of Paris. It has the look of an authentic deli you would find in Los Angeles or New York and a line to match. So we made our way in and put our name down. The estimated wait was 20 minutes but it was probably a little less than that. The atmosphere was just what I remembered from my old Jerry’s Famous Deli and Art’s Deli days back in LA. Lots of people jammed together with staff running around making sure everything was perfect. We started with Onion Rings – yes we wanted something battered and deep fried. Our expectations were high and we were worried and with good cause. At a recent visit to Chipotle I ordered a burrito with hot sauce. I was warned that it was very hot but it wasn’t, not even close. The French palate is not geared to spicy hot so hot here is just mild. Well, I am very happy to say that these were the most amazing onion rings I have ever had. I realize that not having had any in a very long time probably tipped the scales a bit, but who cares they were insanely good especially dipped in their delicious bbq sauce. For lunch I ordered a hot dog with fries and Mitch a roast beef sandwich. The hot dog was good but nothing to write home about. Boiled and on an untoasted bun once I put ketchup and mustard on it I was quite happy. Mitch loved the roast beef but was sad there was so little meat. The darling of the dish was my fries. They are sliced almost like large shavings and then deep fried which gave them an amazing texture and a wonderful flavor. The service was great and it was a really fun meal.
So, if you find yourself in Paris and craving an authentic deli meal, check out Schwartz’s Deli. They have three locations which I found out after returning home and doing a google search – Marais, Ternes and Trocadéro. Hopefully the other two are as good as the one in the Marais. If you check them out, please let me know.