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Sep 1, 2008 03:17 AM

Where is Chow worthy in the Champage region?

I am headed for a long weekend in the Champagne region in France. Is anyone able to recommend a restaurants/bistros/cafes that are Chow worthy?

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  1. I feel fairly safe in saying that this question has been answered before, as I recall recommending 2 fantastic 2-stars..... Les Crayères and Assiette Champenoise, both in Reims.

    1. We had the most amazing lunch EVER at La Table Anna in Reims a couple of months ago. Everything was top notch, from the escargot to the foie gras, and ambience was charming. It wasn't ridiculously expensive, either.

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      1. re: sweet_polly

        Thanks both so much for your replies - I don't quite want to pay Les Crayères prices so La Table Anna looks like it could be the way to go.

      2. I just wanted to report that I made it to La Table Anna and thought it was very good. Excellent food and service, the decor was a little strange however that sort of added to the charm. Main dishes of beef fillet and scallops provencal style were both fabulous, however dessert let them down slightly. I have put a full review on my blog:

        We also headed to Chateau d'Etoges in the village of Etoges which I would highly recommend. The food was michelin star worthy and service was faultless - all in an amazing setting.

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        1. re: Gourmet Chick

          Sorry you were a little let down by the desserts. I also had the Tarte Tartin when I was there, and I really enjoyed it. But, hey..."the boozier the better" is my motto. ;) I love your food blog...and you did a great job of describing the interior of the restaurant. "Early Eclectic Hodgepodge" or "Garage Sale Chic" is what I would call it. lol I have to admit, I found it charming.

          1. re: sweet_polly

            Thanks Polly and thanks for the tip in the first place

            1. re: Gourmet Chick

              Trying to plan day trip to Reims on November 1. Cafe Anna is booked. Any other recommendations for a moderately priced lunch? Thanks!

        2. We just returned from Champagne and ate well in the Michelin restaurants in Epernay. In addition, at your meals do not try to match the wines with the food, i.e., red with meat and white with fish. Every where we ate, people bought a bottle of champagne and drank it through out the meal. The fall colors are gorgeous at the moment. Enjoy

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          1. re: POY

            Anyone have any ideas for a lunch spot in Reims? Cafe Anna is booked and I'm not looking for a 3 * experience; just a very nice lunch to break up the day.

            1. re: ctkathy

              Assiette Champenoise has a 68 Euro Prix fixe menu at lunch. The food there is sublime. I had the good fortune to be housed there for a week last November while I was taking a graduate course at the university. We had 4 dinners there and 1 lunch, and I cannot say enough about how wonderful each and every mouthful was!

              They are open for lunch Monday, Thursday and Friday. If you can swing the $$, I highly recommend it.

              1. re: ChefJune

                There is a Brewery Restaurant right in the Center of Reims, you can't miss it..
                It is a chain, but has a really nice menu, and we very much enjoyed our lunch there.
                Sorry, I misplaced my notes, so I can't remember the name, but it is very reasonable.

                1. re: erly

                  I think the brewpub is called Les 3 Brasseures. If you have an appetite, get the pork knuckle. If it's still there, L'Apostrophe is a pretty good bistro.

                  1. re: Essex County

                    Thank you yes it is Les 3 Brasseures.
                    Forgotten about L'Apostrophe, good food, and reasonable prices.

          2. We just returned from 3 weeks in France. One of our best meals was at Les Berceaux in Epernay. Langoustine starter; veal chop and venison for mains. Service was a little lacking; we were victims of an 8-top that pretty much demanded the attention of everybody in the front of the house. And why do the French want to keep their restaurants so warm?? But aside from a 10 minute wait for the cheese course, service wasn't bad, and the food really was stellar.