Welcome to the next installment of Paris food porn: the croque madame at Chez Francis, where avenues Montaigne and George V meet, right near the Seine. I call it a snack with a view because the patio overlooks the Eiffel Tower; in fact, we were on our way there when we stopped to eat, and this brasserie was a solid recommendation from the concierge at Plaza Athenee, who knew we wanted something light but didn’t want to spend a lot. I’m sure for most I don’t need to explain what a croque madame is, but for the novice foodie, it is the sibling sammy to the croque monsieur, a popular hot ham-and-cheese snack. The madame comes with a fried egg on top–I just love the way the sunlight glistens on the yolk–and because this one’s open-faced, it’s a lot like a lunchtime version of eggs Benedict. Chez Francis, however, is a lot more than just a spot for a snack. On the white-tableclothed side of the patio, local patrons were partaking in beautiful platters of shellfish–a house specialty.
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