Many moons ago (that is, January 2012) I was nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award from one of my favorite bloggers, Bread is Pain. She is the only other American-blogging-from-Grenoble that I know of! We are two rare dauphinoise-américaine gems! Thanks Bread is Pain; hopefully you don’t mind my réponse tardive ! I was probably distracted by ravioles, reblochonade, learning cheeky French slang words instead of proper vocabulary, skiing, sledding, green chaud, Génépi, the flirty ol’ Frenchmen who work at the marché as well as having to run around my apartment to keep warm all winter as the heating system chez moi is probably not much younger than the apartment. Oh, and I must not forget to mention my February trip to Marrakech (photos still to come)!
As many of you reading this may know by now, when awarded with The Versatile Blogger you share 7 facts about yourself and pass on the award to fellow bloggers.
Instead of sharing random facts about myself I am sharing my top 7 favorite lunch spots in Grenoble!
1.) OBIOXO: I go to this place almost everyday. The wraps are amazing; I usually get a chicken wrap with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, hummus, persil and sunflower seeds with a light sauce (EUR 5,20). There are cheese options too. For a lunch complet I also get a piece of their gâteau marbré or a fromage blanc. They also have delicious salads, tarts, shakes (with soy or cow milk) and more! Everything is 100% organic and the woman who works there is welcoming and a joy to talk to. You can eat there or take your food to go (the Jardin de Ville is nearby if you want to picnic!).
2.) La Gallery: une rue gourmande avec sept espaces de restauration (source)! From sushi, to sandwiches and salads, soups, a wok bar, pasta dishes and a variety of French desserts, La Gallery is a like an underground street dedicated to Lunch! A Grenoblois lunch experience you must not miss! À ne pas louper !
3.) The Sushi Shop: this is another spot I frequent for lunch, especially when I desire sushi to go (it’s to go or delivery only). Their lunch special comes with two sides (IE: miso soup + cucumber salad) and their sushi is delicious. I must also mention the handsome young men who work there who are very friendly. We end up chatting about France and/or New York for 5-10 minutes every time I am there. And they always remember my name (the way a Frenchman pronounces my name is like music to my ears).
4.) Restaurant Vietnamien DÂU: I discovered this restaurant about a week ago and I’ve been there 3 times already. That pretty much says it all. I’ve heard from people who have been to Vietnam that this is authentic-tasting Phở. You can get a large bowl of this luscious Vietnamese soup for a healthy, filling lunch (EUR 7,50). There are also many other delicacies to try on their extensive menu. If you’re into Asian cooking there’s a great supermarket for it right across the street.
5.) Le Mix: Whether for lunch or dinner, this place is yet another must. Le Mix offers high-quality food inspired by a variety of different countries. You pick the kind of meat/poultry/fish you would like (the marinated meat is a dream) and then choose from one of their 3 sides (including a USA-inspired gratin dauphinois with *sweet potatoes* which is oh-so-comforting or a palatable pad thai that one can never get enough of!). Did I mention their tiramisu poire speculoos? You can thank me later.
6.) So Krep: What’s a Top 7 lunch list without a crêperie? You thought I would forget?! Pour qui me prenez-vous ? This has been my crêpe spot for a year now! It used to be called La Marie-Morgane, and thankfully the food is similar. It’s just even better than before (including a lovely variety of teas as well as organic cidre). The crêpes are named after boats, and “La Corvette” is one of my faves. For whatever taste you have, you will most likely be able to find said crêpe. Vive la bretagne et ses crêpes ! They also have a variety of salads. In addition: you may sit outside and overlook the charming place Notre Dame with its cute palm trees and old Cathedral.
7.) For number 7 on my list, I want to cheat and give a shout out to both Mei Shan and Viva Mexico. I feel like it’s good to include a good Chinese stir-fry option, but also a fresh Mexican burrito/taco place especially since the summer’s coming and people should know where to get their tropical on. See my post on Mei Shan here and Viva Mexico here.
Régalez-vous bien ! I’m sure there are many more great places to have lunch in Grenoble. If you have any recommendations feel free to add them in the comments. A Grenoble food guide is to come.
Now time to pass on the Versatile Blogger Award to 7 people! Most of the French expat blogs I read have already received this award, so this list below is going to be particularly versatile! These are all blogs I read regularly.
Life in Marakesh – A multilingual and multicultural Moroccan mom’s heartfelt stories from one of the most beautiful places on earth.
The Perpetual Passenger – An American girl pursuing a career in the City of Lights. Many adventures to be read about here!
On (or Close) to Schedule – Logan’s blog is like soul food. Blogging from the Upper West Side (Manhattan), his life observations and advice are wise and thoughtful. I have been following this blog since my early teens!
Emilie and Léa’s Secrets – A French-language foodie blog by two French women who live in Grenoble! Whoop-whoop! The recipes in this blog and its gorgeous photos will have you salivating within 30 seconds, guaranteed! I have been lucky enough to have had food personally prepared by one of these lovely ladies (I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming)!
Du Coté de Chez Laët – Born and raised in Grenoble (whoop-whoop encore une fois!) this French-language blog is by a personal friend of mine who covers many interesting topics. She also happens to be an incredible cuisinière and is hilarious!
The adventures of an American blonde in France – Andromeda and I are kindred spirits, I feel. We are both Americans involved in the arts and trying to find a career in France in said field. She is quite a bit ahead of me so I find her blog very helpful! It’s also an enjoyable read. She probably doesn’t know that I read her these days due to the commenting problems between WordPress and Blogger!
Books, cupcakes and cats chasing chipmunks… – I have just recently discovered this blog! It’s a French girl’s American life as a New Yorker. How appealing! There are a lot of foodie posts (recipes included) as well as NYC tales! It’s also bilingual English/French! I am so happy that she stumbled upon my blog.
Ça y est !