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Good eats in Brittany?

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Yankunian Jul 9, 2006 05:16 PM

My husband and I are going to spend a week car camping around Brittany in mid-August, taking the ferry from portsmouth to caen. Does anyone have any reccommendations for restaurants in the region? We're doing this on the cheap, so we're looking for inexpensive-to-moderate restaurants... doesn't have to be fancy, just good food. Thanks!

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    workintheater Jul 12, 2006 12:19 AM

    Check out this months' copy of DESTINATIONS (available online).

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      Yankunian Jul 12, 2006 11:29 AM

      There seem to be LOTS of magazines called destinations out there... which one are you referring to?

      Thanks!

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        workintheater Jul 17, 2006 01:55 PM

        My mistake--I meant DEPARTURES-it's offered to members of Platinum American Express but you can purchase a subscription.

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        CJT Jul 12, 2006 10:22 PM

        Brittany is quite a large area. Can you be more specific abut where you will be going/staying? Northern coast is quite different from southern.

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          Yankunian Jul 13, 2006 12:30 PM

          We will be driving around the coast, taking the ferry to Caen and driving across the north coast to Finistere, down to spend some time in the coast around Quimper, across to the Forest of Broceliande/ Rennes area, and then back up to Caen. Sorry I can't be more specific than this, but restaurant reccs may in fact help us determine our route!

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            CJT Jul 15, 2006 05:01 PM

            Based on your plans and budgetary limitations, I highly recommend that you be on the lookout along the roads you travel for Restaurants Routiers. These are relatively inexpensive restaurants which mostly attract truck drivers, but that does not mean they are low-class eating establishments at all. Lunch-time meals are usually set-price for a full-course menu with entree selections. I recall a very good lunch at a restaurant in the center of Plouharnel (south coast of Brittany, near Baie de Quiberon) where they offered a "menu ouvrier" (workman's menu"). It was "all you can eat (à volonté) hors-d'oeuvres, main course (that day it was "ham on the bone" slices of tasty ham with vegetables and potatoes), and dessert (also "all you can eat"). Summer 2004 this lunch was about 10-12 Euros if memory serves me well.

            The Routier restraurants generally have a blue-white-red sign outside with the word ROUTIER on it. Check out a few - you'll see trucks in the parking areas around the restaurants.

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              ChrisB Jul 18, 2006 01:33 PM

              Someone posted this a while ago. I haven't been lucky enough to have put it to the test yet:

              http://www.relais-routiers.com/htm/re...

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                CJT Jul 19, 2006 02:06 AM

                What a great site! Use this to find places worth visiting. You will hardly go wrong at these prices and the food is quite good!

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                Yankunian Jul 21, 2006 12:45 PM

                Many thanks to all - that is exactly the sort of info we were after!

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                  bjrocky Jul 24, 2006 12:10 PM

                  From an old posting - if you're in this area, try this.
                  DINARD - Eastern part of Brittany and close to St Malo, Mont St Michel and Dinan, all fascinating places to visit. Try...Dinard Golf! (The second oldest golf club in France after GC de Pau.) Yes, terrific food and open to the public for lunch, and a substantial lunch was offered for 17 E comprising main and dessert with very reasonably priced wine. Our group sampled steak bearnaise, duck and fish (on separate plates!)and the only disappointment was a stringy old duck - the steak was wonderful and even now my 11yo still asks me if I remember the bearnaise and steak at Dinard.
                  Sea views along with the mandatory links views from the top floor of the golf club. Finish off with a fine walk around the coast back to the carpark.
                  DINARD GOLF, Bd de la Houle, 35800 St Briac Sur Mer
                  Restaurant: 02 99 88 30 55.

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