Fine Dining in Northern France
Fast Food Restaurants
When traveling to France one should be out of his mind to demise the gastronomic delicacies this country is offering. In general you can lunch (almost) as cheap in a restaurant, Estaminet or Brasserie than in a hamburger restaurant. And in any case, you will eat healthier and tastier.
If you fancy a slightly different
burger, then look out for the typical restaurants of the Buffalo Grill, which are open all day, 7/7, until late at night.
These restaurants are all built in the same "cowboy and Indian" style and all have the same menu, which you can access on the Internet, where you will also find the addresses. The interiors of the Buffalo Grill restaurants are all similar, with lots of dark burgundy (fake) leather and pictures, ornaments and artifacts that will bring you in a Far West mood.
At Buffalo Grill everyone gets a free salad, and the cheapest all-inclusive menu, where you have a choice of three entrees and a dessert OR a drink, is called the "Hold Up" and costs only € 7.95. (2018) You can even get a glass of fine wine for that humble sum!
Buffalo Grill lives to its name with a couple of dishes with Bison Meat, and the kids ("enfants") eat for only €4.95.
"Bleu, saignant, à point, bien cuit" = near-raw, rare, medium and well-done.
At Buffalo Grill one can eat cheap, and it is a lot better and healthier than eating at a hamburger stand. The waiters even ask how you prefer your hamburger is cooked, and if you're in a hurry, notify the waiter while ordering, your order will be given priority!
Website Buffalo Grill
Another chain of restaurants where you can eat out for a fiver per person is that of Flunch. A menu du jour is only € 9.95 and for that amount you get "the dish of the day", with meat, vegetables and a drink. Also a lot healthier than the chip shop.
The resto's Flunch are usually located in the shopping mall of a hypermarket. The opening hours are the same as the associated supermarket, usually until 8PM, sometimes until 10PM.
More info on the website of FLUNCH.
Very often the same mall has a bread stand and sometimes there is a Pizza Paï where you can eat or take-away a (slice of) pizza.
Website PIZZA PAÏ.
And for those you can not live without their trusty Big Mac, one can always find the addresses on the internet. Both McDonald (in french lingo "MacDo") and Burger King have a number of restaurants in Le Nord & Pas de Calais.
And finally, for those who prefer a fast chicken meal, there's now also a KFC restaurant in Calais.