Frenchie To Go
You all know that I’ve been in love with Frenchie for months. Well now, Chef Marchand has opened his third restaurant on Rue du Nil to help me live the dream of having Frenchie for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Frenchie To Go is open from early morning to just before the restaurant and bar à vins open for dinner. There’s breakfast all day, consisting of an english muffin sandwich with a pile of maple-smoked bacon (egg is weirdly not automatically included, but can be had for an extra €0.70) as well as various decidedly American pastries such as donuts, muffins, and brownies. No viennoiseries here.
The lunch menu, served 1-4pm, seems designed for Anglophone expats of various stripes who miss the various iterations of take-out and street foods of their homelands. Think fish and chips, lobster rolls (the biggest-ticket item at €22), and hot dogs. If you’ve eaten at Frenchie bar à vins recently, some of these concoctions will be familiar to you: the pulled pork has been a messy favorite forever, but my go-to has always been the reuben, made with pastrami maison, sharp cheddar, and tangy coleslaw on crusty pain des amis that’s entirely saturated with butter and grilled. There’s really no other way to describe it but daaaaaaang.
Also, both shoestring fries (left) and Belgian-style frites (right). The only vegetarian option at the moment is the creamy buratta with seasonal toppings. You can wash it all down with a short but impressively varied beer menu, with selections from France (Craig Allen), the US (Anchor, Brooklyn), Italy, Denmark, and the Netherlands. There’s also wine, cider, fruit juices, and homemade sodas for those who, for some unfathomable reason, avoid the juice of the barley.
As you would expect, seating’s rather limited, so I advise getting there significantly earlier or later than normal lunch hours. When I visited, spaces at the tables began to empty out around 2pm. But honestly, they just need to buy up the rest of the street and expand some more.
Frenchie To Go
9 rue du Nil, 75002 (Sentier)
01 40 39 96 19
Open Tues-Sat, 8:30am-6pm, lunch 1-4pm
Sandwiches €6.50-22, sides €2-4, drinks €2-4, booze €5-7