Vincent a Restaurant is our town's Frenchiest fine-dining establishment that also happens to have a real soft spot for le burger. Their short-rib-stuffed patty is legendary and makes all the top burger lists around here. And it deserves to, especially at happy hour for eight bucks. But it's Tour de France time, and like any French chef worth his toques, Vincent Francoual can't just let the bikes go by without some kind of commemoration from his kitchen. So he brings you the Tour de Burger, three weeks' worth of Francophile-inspired burger specials served with a side salad or French Fries for $14.50.
Pro tip: Move over, American cheese — these are burgers worthy of the fine china, and you'll note that some of France's most important frommages grace these patties, delivering a royal flourish to regular old cheeseburgers.
July 6-9: Belgium & the North of France
beer-braised leek carbonade, crispy Potatoes, Mimolette cheese
July 10-13: Brittany & Normandy
apple-calvados ragoût, peppery onions, crêpe chips, Camembert
July 14-16: The Pyrenees
pulled duck confit, preserved chestnut garbure, sheep’s milk Brebis des Dombes Cheese, croutons
July 17-20: Languedoc-Roussillon
potato truffade, cured ham chips, Bleu des Causses cheese
July 21-25: The Alps
braised lamb, spiced walnuts, Raclette cheese
All the burgers will come with a suggested beer or wine pairing from Vincent's beverage director. For Stage 1 (Belgium & the North of France), please consider a frosty chalice of Stella Artois.
1100 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis