Originally Posted by Andrew V.,April 29 2005,17:39
In time in France I was shocked and amazed at how big and delicious and inexpensive the sandwiches were. Â You could easily find baguette sandwiches stuffed with all manner of cheeses, meats, veggies, etc. Â My favorites had names like "crudites-fromage" and "americano", which as I recall consisted of steak, melted cheese, and fries IN the sandwich. Â It was heaven. Â Of course that was in southern France. Â It's harder to find such great sandwiches in northern France.
You just have to know where to go... Â
For sandwiches with fries inside the sandwich, go to the Marais or near the St Michel metro station (especially the pedestrian only narrow streets). Â I have to admit, I like those too, even though I almost never eat fries otherwise.
I actually find northern French food a lot more filling than southern. Â Parisians though, seem to subsist on starvation rations. Â Seriously, when I eat out in Paris, I know that I am going to need a kebab or two a couple of hours later to keep my stomach from digesting itself. Of course, my background is Cantonese, and I go for "Chai" (or Dimsum, as it is more commonly describe, albeit incorrectly) and you don't walk out of a Chinese restaurant (which is actually patronized by Chinese) hungry. Ever.