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Jun 30, 2009 12:46 PM


Will be in Dijon and Beaune in July. Any suggestions for dinner or a nice lunch? Short drives are not a problem.

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  1. Sorry about restaurants, ate and cooked in homes but the covered marche in Dijon should not be missed. Also the Maille mustard store for unpasteurized is a must as well.

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    1. re: Delucacheesemonger

      Covered marché is tue-sat, mornings only

    2. La Miotte in Ladoix Serrigny is perfect for a rustic lunch with great wines.

      La Regalade just outside of beaune is a great, great, produce based restaurant. its not cheap, but its the favourite of a number of famous local personalities. the truffled duck breast tartare might be the best thing I have eaten this year.

      Ma Cuisine is a staple in beaune too.

      you'll be recommended to le charlemagne in pernand, but I have always found it poor. fussy, technical cooking without precision. or in simple terms, it also doesn't taste nice.

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      1. re: batfink23

        Do you have any feelings about Lameloise in Chagny for dinner?

        1. re: chowchap

          All opinions l have heard for this spot were excellent. l have not been but can vouch for Hostellerie Des Clos in Chablis. Cotes St Jacques about an hour east of Chablis was one of the worst three stars l have ever been to.

          1. re: Delucacheesemonger

            ...and you and I have differing opinions of Cote St. Jacques. We really loved it. Go figure.

            1. re: Delucacheesemonger

              I've been to Lameloise several times and always liked it. My only criticism is that perhaps too many of the little surprises they serve between courses are based on rich, heavy cream-type ingredients; they're delicious, but more variety might be in order.

              I had lunch at Côte Saint-Jacques (in Joigny) once and wasn't overly impressed. The snail dish was a bit too salty for my taste. The meal wasn't bad, especially for the price, but I wouldn't give it three stars, and Lameloise is far better in my opinion.

            2. re: chowchap

              its very luxurious but a bit staid, and the food is a little overwrought, without sparkle. that said, I say that in reference to its standing and price.

              if you've got the money, and the time, then its worth trying; but not prioritising. if that makes sense.

              1. re: batfink23

                I would second Bat's comment on Lameloise.

                Our food was fine, but I have little recollection of what we ate, and it felt formal and stiff, not really a relaxed restaurant. But I suspect the many people who love the restaurant love it for this very reason, a clear case of "horses for courses".

              2. re: chowchap

                Lameloise is an excellent restaurant. It's not redefining food or dining but it is utterly civilised. It's one of the most pleasant restaurants in France, actually, a place you want to spend more time in.

            3. By car, 12 km in Prenois, L'Auberge de la Charme, is fabulous and for a starred place quite reasonable. David Zuddas, darling of the Omnivore/etc gang, is flitting all over these days but when he's at the piano, it's great.

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              1. re: John Talbott

                I thought Zuddas (whom I much admire) had definitively departed from Prenois several months ago. Does he still have any affiliation there? Lately he's been serving up food at the Salle Pleyel in Paris.

                1. re: fanoffrance

                  Stephane Derbord in Dijon is a Michelin one star and very, very enjoyable.

                  See pics here:

                  1. re: fanoffrance

                    He supposedly "left" in July 2008 but my assumption, perhaps wrong, is that he's got some stake in it. Perhaps not.
                    I was walking right by the Salle Pleyel today and thought about checking it out but I was rushing to lunch.

                    1. re: John Talbott

                      Thank you so much for your input on Dijon. Did you have any thoughts about dinner in Beaune? Are you also "up on" places to dine in Lyon? I like really good food and don't mind paying for something special but feel really ripped off it is just okay. I love atmosphere and elegance but not at the sacrifice of the food!. I don't care if it is 1 or 3 stars if it is fabulous food...a combination is good. One cannot eat too much or too expensive every day.

                      1. re: chowchap

                        In Beaune -- Le Jardin des Remparts, Ma Cuisine, La Part des Anges, Loiseau des Vignes, are all great places. I also like l'Auberge des Vignes in Pommard. And if you feel like driving a little, in Arnay-le-Duc, Chez Camille is a regional institution.

                      2. re: John Talbott

                        Apparently he sold the Auberge in June 2008. Now he has an inexpensive but exciting restaurant called "DZ'envies" right by the market in Dijon. It will be at the top of my list next time I'm in Dijon!