Happy Days Diner
25, rue Francisque Gay, 6th
Tel. 01 43 29 67 07
Fonzie and Pinky Tuscadero in Paris
Review by Jeanne Suica
Being an American is tough in Paris, it's hard enough struggling with the language but on top of that some of us are termed "ugly Americans" who eat McDonalds, drink Starbucks and have no appreciation for fine food.
I'm a cross between the two and not ashamed of it at all. I spent seven years working at The French Culinary Institute in New York eating fine French food every day (tough job!) but since I've left the US there are many days that I would give my right arm for Oreos, Pop Tarts or a good American burger.
Happy Days Diner will bring you back to the Fifties and has an extensive menu of traditional American plates we all know, love and crave. The decor is charming, a bright aqua and pink with roomy booths and a second floor complete with toy model cars and music memorabilia. If you are a big breakfast person (I'm not I drink Starbucks) they offer pancakes, bacon and eggs for a start, a great way to start the day if you sit on the first floor and get a window seat.
Lunch and dinner feature an extensive choice of various burgers, nachos, a BLT sandwich, hotdogs and a grilled cheese sandwich. If the generous portions are not enough there are also sides of coleslaw, French fires and potato sticks and for good measure a tempting selection of milkshakes including Oreo Cookie, sodas, wine and beer.
A kid's menu is also available featuring a mini hamburger, hotdogs or fish sticks which include a drink and ice cream for an affordable 7.50 euros.
If you are a glutton for punishment check out the larger than life desserts, an authentic banana split, sundaes, brownies and an apple crumble, just some of the many choices.
Impressive as the quality, choice and good service is that they have a website which features their full menu, a brief history of the diner concept and some of their recent press. It appears that this establishment that just opened a few months ago is off to a great start.
My only suggestion would be that the wait staff dress up like Fonzie and Pinky Tuscadero.