Restaurant: The chains of France!!

Well do not know how but looking at some of my photos gave me the idea to write a short series on the restaurants we have come to patronise for many years here and have a photo to show. These are all family restaurants and visit them with the family in tow. So hope you enjoy them too! Of course all this while folks are reveling no the 14 July National Day here …….and more demonstrations lol!

The name Courtepaille comes to mind first, ok its a chain but very nice and friendly. It was my first lunch when came for my job interview in France back in 2003!! Unfortunately , do not have a photo of it at Cergy Saint Christophe in Val d’Oise dept 95. I will tell you about the others…!

Grill Courtepaille, more commonly known as Courtepaille, is a Chain of French Restaurants, specializing in grille meat. Created in August 1961 with the opening of a single restaurant on the side of the road N6 in Rouvray (Côte d’Or 21), the chain of restaurants. In 2019, the chain has 300 restaurants, a third of which are franchised. the dishes are prepared from local produce, delivered each morning by the craftsmen of the village, the fries are made on site, as well as the apple pies. The anecdote is that on December 20 2018 President Emmanuel Macron took a lunch break at a Courtepaille in Mareuil-lès-Meaux (Seine-et-Marne 77) had never welcomed such illustrious customers near Meaux.

The the one at Buchelay near Mantes La Jolie in the Yvelines dept 78. We went there at least a couple times as it is right off the A13 autoroute de Normandie exit/sortie 13, and we can come in and out easy in our road warrior trips. More of it here: Official Grill Courtepaille on the Buchelay resto

There is another one on the A13 exit/sortie 9 coming from Paris in the Renault factory town of Flins sur Seine, Yvelines 78 as well. Here we had gone to shop at the nearby Carrefour hypermarket and had lunch in the Courtepaille as well. More on it here: Official Grill Courtepaille on resto at Flins sur Seine

Flins courtepaille 2011

And even more going up to Chantilly by Creil (dept 60) there is another Courtepaille we have enjoyed. This one is on the D1016 road the old N16.  More on it here: Official Courtepaille on the Creil resto


Another chain that we enjoy in the pass even if not available in my current neck of the woods are the Léon de Bruxelles, and our fav repeat is at the same area in Buchelay, near Mantes La Jolie as above.

Léon de Bruxelles is a French restaurant chain with branches and franchises. The brand specializes in fresh mussels and fries. In 1893 in Brussels, the “Friture Léon” is a small estaminet dedicated to mussels and typical Belgian dishes. In 1989, the first Leon restaurant in Brussels opened its doors in Paris, and was dedicated to the same traditional dishes. Leon de Bruxelles in numbers: 81 restaurants in France. 3,500 tons of mussels are sold each year. Depending on the season, they come from the Netherlands, Italy or Normandy. More info here: Official Léon de Bruxelles on resto at Buchelay



Last but not least was a special one as we already knew it from Florida USA and darn it they have it here too at the Disney Village in Disneyland Paris! I need to mention Rainforest Cafe. Not the fanciest of restaurant à la French but an American importation that we find nostalgic for us and of course with the boys who are born and raised early in Florida we needed to come. The food and the attractions ::) were memorable.

This is a Southwestern fare with a tropical twist awaits you amid this dense jungle filled with animals. journey deep into the Amazon, where you’ll dine in the company of animated animals and the sound of thunder claps and sudden rainstorms. Singing birds, trumpeting elephants, chest-pounding gorillas and schools of brightly coloured fish welcome you to a lushly landscaped jungle of tropical vegetation, banyan trees, waterfalls and a starry night-time sky. More info here: Official Rainforest Cafe at Disney Village

Been more on the tourist trail, here is more from the Paris tourist officeTourist office of Paris on the Rainforest Cafe

Disneyland village

Disneyland village

So there you go, we have everything under the sky , maybe one more reason why France is the No 1 destination from visitors since 1949 at the official UN WTO organisation of world tourism. We have choices, and even since that reminds us of where we come from lol! Hope you enjoy them and see the different as even here they are a bit different;;;vive la difference!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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