Trying escargot for the first time was a real bucket list moment for me. I mean, it’s not like I’ve been dying to try it my whole life. But what American girl hasn’t been at least a little bit interested in the dish since seeing Mary-Kate and Ashley fling snails across the room in Passport to Paris? Since then, we’ve all been wondering: is escargot good?

Should I try escargot when traveling to France?

In France, locals do not commonly eat escargot. It is known more as a dish for the elite and as something that tourists try when visiting. Like me! Okay, I admit that they got me. But I’m an adventurous eater and was having a “when in Paris” moment when I saw escargot on the menu at L’Aller Retour Marais.

So, I would say that if you’re an adventurous eater like me and snails don’t give you an “ick,” then go for it! It’s always fun to try something new when traveling. And it’s not something that you’re likely to find on a menu in the states. At a nice restaurant in France, you know it’s going to be of very good quality and quite a delicacy.

To me, snails are akin to oysters and mussels. People eat these every day and see them as a delicacy. Although there are some people who would never eat an oyster and call them slimy, there’s many who adore them. I think that if you’re an oyster person, then trying escargot might be right up your ally.

Is escargot good?

Yes, escargot is delicious and I would order it again! The escargot was served in a garlic butter sauce with bread. Despite being a little nervous to take the first bite, I was surprised by how tasty it was.

The snails weren’t tough, rubbery, or slimy. In fact, they were very tender and had a lovely flavor complemented perfectly by the garlic and butter. The best way I can describe the flavor of escargot is that if a good oyster imparts a briny flavor of the sea, then escargot imparts an earthy flavor of the soil. But not in a bad way! It is in the same way that a mushroom imparts an earthy and deep umami flavor.

Ultimately, I didn’t expect to like them as much as I did, but my husband and I both savored every last bite. Next time I’m in France, I’ll be ordering it again!

What do you think of escargot? Are you willing to try it on your next trip to France? Let me know in the comments below!

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