|The Classic Burger with fries for 10€ and an American-sized serving of ketchup!|
Newsflash: In addition to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Seine, Paris has its first American style food truck serving hamburgers, fries and onion rings! And I love the name: Le Camion Qui Fume (The Smoking Truck).
Even though this may not seem like a big deal to those of you who have easy access to burgers with all of the traditional toppings, have a bit of compassion for the American expats in Paris who subsist on baguettes, cheese and the occasional confit de canard (preserved duck). When news of the truck's opening hit Twitter a couple of weeks ago, it was hard to resist the Siren's call of such claims as "Le Camion Qui Fume makes the Best. Burger. Ever", "Delicious burgers made by a Californian chef", and"hand cut fries", so I did what I always do in these situations - I threw on my coat and dashed out of the apartment.
Arriving at the Place de la Madeleine just as they were taking the last orders for the day, I overheard a couple of Americans talking about how difficult it must have been to get a license from the French authorities to operate a food tuck. Since this subject is one of interest because my son has been encouraging me to do exactly the same thing (no, thanks!), I inquired about the complexities of French bureaucracy and asked if I could share a table with them.
In between expressing delight at the juiciness of the burger and discussing the freshness of the bakery quality bun, it was fun hearing about the experiences of other expats in Paris. One of them, Lindsey, already wrote about "The Best Burgers in Paris" over at her blog, "Lost in Cheeseland". As she has tasted a lot of burgers during her quest to find the ultimate one in Paris, I'll gladly take her word that the hamburgers at Le Camion Qui Fume reign supreme.
For those of you who prefer your burger well-done, it's helpful to know that Kirsten, the chef, serves the burgers medium-rare so that diners may better appreciate the flavor of the freshly ground meat. And best of all, for someone who craves onion rings in between visits to the States, those at Le Camion Qui Fume are homemade (or truckmade!) and crunchy - just the way that I like them. The only thing that was missing was something sweet at the end of the meal. Even though there is cheesecake on the menu, Lola's Cookies would have been perfect!
Jamie and Lindsey, thanks for sharing your table with me and for making the experience all the more enjoyable.
Le Camion Qui Fume
Please check their website for location because it changes daily.
David Lebovitz: Le Camion Qui Fume
The New York Times: The New American Tastemakers in Paris