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Brioche Doree

January 18, 2016

After a long, long day of sightseeing that saw us walking over 14 miles throughout Paris, we were tired by the time we got to the end of the night.  Our last sightseeing stop for the night brought us to the Arc de Triomphe and the famous Champs Elysees.  Home to many a chic and trendy stores including Louis Vuitton, Sephora, the Gap and others along with car dealerships such as Peugot and Mercedes-Benz, the Champs Elysees has a little something for everyone.  And for the weary traveler, there are tons of cafes, restaurants and patisseries to be found here.

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By the time we finished exploring and realized we still needed to grab dinner, it was late and we just wanted to find something quick, almost a grab-and-go.  Wandering the Champs Elysees, we came upon Brioche Doree.  Not a fancy French café by any stretch of the imagination, but rather a quick, almost fast-food type of place serving simple sandwiches and quick bites, exactly what we were looking for.  Turns out that Brioche Doree is a chain and we actually found one a few days later not too far from our hotel.  What they offered turned out to be exactly what needed and it hit the spot just right.

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Talk about affordable food, Brioche Doree offered a dinner deal that included a sandwich, a drink and a dessert for just about 8 Euros.  How can you beat that deal when you’re not looking for fancy?  Their refrigerated display case held a number of different sandwich and dessert options to choose from, essentially a little something for everyone and every taste.  My husband settled on a ham and cheese sandwich in a baguette along with a raspberry tarte.  Maybe not the world’s best dinner and dessert ever, but for that price, in this location, at this time of night, it worked.  My husband really liked the baguette bread for the sandwich.  No matter where we were in Paris for the week, we never had bad bread.  The ham and cheese hit the spot and the raspberry taste was a sweet ending.

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I chose a poppy seed roll filled with prosciutto, cheese, tomato and arugula.  The combination of the slightly salty prosciutto, the acidity from the tomato and the peppery bite of the arugula was a terrific combination.  Again, the poppy seed roll was terrific.  The sandwich was quite substantial, and as hungry as I was, I couldn’t finish the whole sandwich.  Considering the price, we really got large sandwiches.  My dessert of choice was a simple chocolate eclair.  Maybe not the world’s best eclair, but a tasty and delicious chocolate eclair none the less.

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In fact, we liked the convenience, ease and prices that Brioche Doree had to offer enough that we actually ended up stopping by there to eat dinner again on a second night when it was late and we were tired and just didn’t want to dine at a fancy place.  The second time around, we didn’t even go for a full meal since we wanted to grab and go, so instead my husband went for his same ham and cheese sandwich and I opted for a slice of cheese pizza warmed up in the oven.  It might not have been an Italian pizza, but delicious bread, tangy tomato sauce and some melted cheese and it was hearty enough to be a good dinner for me.

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One of the greatest things we discovered at the various Brioche Doree locations we ran into around the city was that they all offered flavored icee drinks.  As it was still rather warm and humid when we were in Paris, and considering that we were running around the city playing tourist all day long, we would wear ourselves out and get pretty thirsty.  These beauties kept us hydrated and refreshed.  The icee’s were offered in a ton of different flavors – grape, green apple, pina colada, raspberry, and tropical punch to name a few – we couldn’t help ourselves from ordering a couple of cups to quench our thirst.  We chose the half cola, half cherry icee to make our own cherry cola.  Tangy, ice, and sweet, this was a terrific drink.

Maybe Brioche Doree wasn’t the exactly the quintessential gourmet French food when you think of dining out in Paris, but that wasn’t what we were looking for when we stopped in for dinner.  We wanted something tasty, quick and easy and affordable and Brioche Doree checked all of those boxes for us.  Eating gourmet food that costs you an arm and a leg for every meal while you’re on vacation just isn’t feasible, or smart, and sometimes you just need quick and easy food.  Brioche Doree was the solution to our problem and my husband and I would choose it again.

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