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Aug 25, 2007 03:49 PM

provence/cote d'azur restaurant suggestions

broad topic- but looking for recommendations in any of the following areas:
looking for great finds and great experiences - not necessarily michelin-starred restaurants.

ramatuelle / st. tropez
gordes and environs
vieux nice

Thanks all -

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  1. I enjoyed a meal several years ago at Le Sucrier in Vieil Antibes. Very small and intimate. Other posters have recommended this as well, as I discovered when I searched on the name.

    I also enjoyed the early morning market in the old center, but I particularly enjoyed a bakery called La Ancienne something. The bakery had a variation of a fougasse (or pissaladiere?) made with several different fillings and cut into strips (I can't remember what the owner called it.) I do remember it was delicious and unique. Sorry to be vague about the shop name, but I can't find my notes. It was a very small boulangerie, and I think they actually baked there (not just a sales shop). There was the implication of traditional or ancient methods of bread making in store name. I just found a map of the visit, and I think the bakery was on Rue Sade, very near the Place Nationale (sp?) and Musee Peynet. I also found some blogs of people in the area, which are interesting. google SAYA or Moonbeam together with Antibes.
    Good luck.

    1. in Vieux Nice a couple must eat places:

      Le Tire Bouchon for dinner
      La Voglia for lunch
      Le Safari for lunch
      Arrachiadda for dinner

      1. In Vieux Nice, imho La Merenda and L'Ane Rouge are not only delicious places to eat, but traditional Ni├žoise food. And Bar Rene Socca for socca!

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        1. re: ChefJune

          In Vieux Nice for lunch: L'Escalinada. The gnocchi is awesome, and if you're adventuresome, ask for the porchetta--a slice of an enormous "sausage" with many different organs. It's delicious. My waiter heard our American accents and tried to steer us away from it, but we were bold, and the bravery paid off: excellent.

          The New York TImes had a great piece about Nicoise cuisine, where we found the recommendation:

          1. re: Robstan

            also Cafe Juliette and a proper spelling for Acchiardo, my mistake.

        2. If you want to venture out of the Vieux Nice, I highly recommend "La Zucca Magica" (the magic gourd). It's right at the Port of Nice, in the far left corner if you were facing the harbor from the sea. It's vegetarian Italian, with a jovial chef/owner named Marco. So, if you want to try something other than French food, give this place a try. Excellent food, with a set menu.

          1. Les 2 Freres in Aix was a really fine stop for us. (Caution: I am not talking about Les 2 Cousines or Les 2 Amis).