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The Best Grec/Doner Kebab In Paris

April 21, 2009

You knew this one was coming, how would I travel anywhere in the world without infiltrating the community of immigrants that bring the tastiest and the cheapest meal in Western Europe? Well here it is, I’m going to share with you the best place I found so far, to get what they call a Grec (a.k.a. Doner Kebab, Shawerma, etc).

Where I live, in the 18th arrondissement, there’s a bit of everything. People might know the area due to the famous Mont Martyr, but my immediate neighborhood, while a mere 10-minute walk from the touristic hot spot, couldn’t be further away culturally. The main street in my area is called Ornano, and is full of Arab and Muslim immigrants. That means that on every corner, you will find a halal butcher, a cyber cafe with phone booths, and Grecs.

I’ve tried a number of the Grec joints in the area. While it’s impossible to try each and everyone in less than three months (unless living past 30 is not a priority), I can comfortably say that I have found the best one in the area (and thus in all of Paris, of course). The place is strangely called “Fine’s Beak”, but don’t let the name throw you off, it’s run by Tunisians who take their Grecs very seriously.

The bread is fresh, the meet is substantial and juicy, and their sauces…well, what can I say? It’s a pain to make a choice because you end up with this inevitable feeling of guilt for not choosing another one – they’re all just outstanding. Oh, and they’re fries are perfect (not all places give you a good chunk of fries, and they’re not always at an acceptable level, but Fine’s Beak has perfected the sider). When you go in, you’ll notice a choice of about eight sauces, I strongly recommend you start with the Algerian, and then the Moroccon (yes, you can go for seconds!). When you’re at an advanced level, you should then move on to the Andalucian.

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Getting there is easy, as always. It’s right next to metro Place de Clignancourt, which is the last stop on line 4. Exit the metro and walk towards Simplon (ie towards down town), and you’ll find it to the left, about 50 meters from the station. Go in and ask for Khalil, and tell him you know Tarek the Egyptian, he’ll take good care of you. Since I’m there every other day, you’ll probably run in to me, if not, just ask them, they tend to know my whereabouts. When you’re done, don’t thank me (as that will surely be your reaction), just leave a small tip – these people work long hours everyday of the week, and their work of unprecendented magic tends to go unnoticed.

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4 Responses to “The Best Grec/Doner Kebab In Paris”

  1. taha says:

    shibbles,

    mish te2oul tayeb you’re making a blog we beta3? Freakin’ awesome ya me3alem. Very very very very very very very nice.

    i’ve been meaning to tell you about this guy Jim Haynes (I highly recommend listing to this: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=99172304)

    and: http://www.jim-haynes.com/index.htm

  2. Ruth says:

    Tarek,the BEST Shawerma EVER is here:

    L’As du falafel
    Rue de Rosiers
    (http://maps.google.es/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=es&geocode=&q=rue+rosiers,+paris&sll=40.396764,-3.713379&sspn=11.088314,19.6875&ie=UTF8&ll=48.857325,2.359174&spn=0,359.990387&t=h&z=17&iwloc=A&layer=c&cbll=48.857396,2.359064&panoid=RdakQujy7T-sB7gHQSqyHQ&cbp=12,38.41408939350369,,0,5).

    C’est au Marais (metro: St Paul), au quartier juif (so dont go on saturdays). For sure, we’ll go together in may.

    Bisous,
    R

  3. taha says:

    i also forgot to mention that i had one of the best felafel au quartier juif, unfortunately don’t remember the name of the place – but while you’re tasting the shawerma in may there – try also the felafel. mmmm.

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